Hello to the new board members, Akiba, Arielle, and David, joining the OSHWA team!
Each board member will be helping the organization continue to grow through contributions drawn from an amazing array of backgrounds and experiences in hackerspaces, makerspaces, academics, OSHW businesses, government relations, and much more!
We also thank the board members stepping down, Jeff, Joel, and Katherine, for contributing their time and experience to steer the organization and influence the open source hardware community as a whole. We appreciate the efforts everyone has put and will put into The Open Source Hardware Association!
Akiba has been designing open source hardware for the past ten years and has run an open source hardware company for the same amount of time. I’ve put together or have been involved putting together four hackerspaces (Tokyo Hackerspace, Mothership Hackermoms, Knowledge Garden Dharamsala, and HackerFarm) and understand the importance of building, maintaining, and growing community.
Arielle is a graduate studies alumni of ITP NYU and has worked extensively with Open Source Hardware consistently since then. In her current role as an Instructor at the University of Colorado, she teaches interaction design and physical computing courses that rely heavily on open source tools. She also offers extensive community organizing experience through ongoing work as the Coordinator of ITP Camp.
David has been an open source and free software contributor since 1990 on various of projects. Ardublock, developed in 2012, is one of the most popular graphical development environments for Arduino. His experiences include research in the area of open hardware ecosystem in China since 2011, director of the ObjectWeb (a European based open source software consortium) in 2003-2006, and has contributed to the joint effort between ObjectWeb and major Chinese open source software projects.