The board of the Open Source Hardware Association currently consists of Harris Kenny, David Li Nadya Peek, Luis Rodriguez, Akiba, Matthias Tarasiewicz, Addie Wagenknecht, Arielle Hein, and Michael Weinberg.



Harris Kenny

harris-kenny_headshot_low-res Harris Kenny works as Vice President of Marketing at Aleph Objects, Inc., manufacturer of LulzBot Free/Libre/Open Source Hardware 3D printers. His media appearances include National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report,, and more. He previously worked in management and ERP consulting. Harris holds a MBA from the University of Denver and a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University. Learn more at:

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Luis Rodriguez

20151031_123703 Luis is a full time Linux kernel developer at SUSE Labs helping with Linux world domination. He has been hacking on Linux since he was a college student after realizing a piece of hardware he purchased did not work with his Operating System. Luis has been in the trenches within the community, R&D community and later the corporate world while trying to address regulatory concerns for supporting FOSS drivers for wireless technologies. Luis is the author of the regulatory infrastructure used on the Linux kernel which paved the way to enable corporations to embrace not only FOSS drivers but also FOSS firmware. Luis is also one of the lead developers behind the Linux backports project which strives to automatically backport device drivers.

Luis has previously been tasked to address patent concerns while helping companies pursue an active role when contributing upstream to FOSS projects. In response to this effort Luis strived to create an economic quantifiable appreciation for active collaboration and innovation with the FOSS community. His experiences with addressing regulatory and patent challenges for the FOSS community and his long standing experience with collaborative development models have driven him to become a vocal advocate of the Open Hardware movement. Luis contends that the Open Hardware movement is a key requirement to the long term success of the FOSS community. Luis is a firm believer that Open Hardware development is where the best evolutionary methodology for the combination of best hardware and software will come about. He has joined the OSHWA board to help boost education, bridge collaboration between both the FOSS and OSHW communities where possible, and to ensure nothing stands in the way of rapid innovation for the community.

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David Li

David Li has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a research hub on maker movement and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker community. He is also the executive director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab which facilitate the collaboration between global smart hardware entrepreneurs and Shenzhen Open Innovation ecosystem.





Arielle Hein

Arielle Hein is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work explores the imaginative use of emerging technologies and spans the fields of human-computer interaction, interaction design and art. Drawing on an interdisciplinary background and a research-based creative practice, Arielle explores the tangled relationships between technology and our everyday human experience. As an educator, Arielle is passionate about empowering students through the exploration of interactive systems and the use of digital tools.

Arielle earned her Master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 2015 and is currently working as an Instructor in the ATLAS Institute and Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) program in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Arielle is also the Coordinator for ITP Camp at NYU.


Matthias Tarasiewicz

Matthias Tarasiewicz is a project developer and technology theorist, currently located in Vienna, Austria. He founded the Coded Cultures initiative (media arts festival and research platform) and is active as curator and researcher since the last millennium. He researches in the fields of artistic technologies, open hardware and cryptocurrencies. He is involved in a number of projects, such as the AXIOM Gamma Open Hardware Cinema camera (funded by the European Union), where he was the project coordinator at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He currently is board chair of the Research Institute for Arts and Technology and runs an international programme for the exchange of researchers on the intersection of arts+technology. He works as advocate for open hardware and publishes texts and books on the topics of art, technology and open culture.

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Addie Wagenknecht, Co-Chair, Open Hardware Summit (2013-2016)

5620357014_2a8dc608bf_zAddie Wagenknecht completed a Masters at New York University as a Wasserman Scholar and shortly after held fellowships at Eyebeam Atelier, CultureLab UK and more recently at HyperWerk Institute for Post-Industrial Design as well as Carnegie Mellon University STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. She is currently a Mozilla Open(art) Fellow, an artist at Free Art and Technology Lab a.k.a. F.A.T. Lab as well as co-founder of NORTD labs who created the open source lasercutter Lasersaur. Addie is a professor in robotics and open source computation at the institut für experimentelle architektur hochbau at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Wagenknecht’s research, collaborations and projects are documented in a number of academic papers, books and magazines such as the Economist, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, Slashdot, Engadget, Heise, ARTnews and Der Standard.


Michael Weinberg

MichaelMichael Weinberg is IP and General Counsel at Shapeways, which means he does a lot of stuff with 3D printing and the law. Prior to Shapeways, Michael was Vice President at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit public interest advocacy organization dedicated to representing consumers in technology policy debates in Washington, DC.  He is also the president of the board of the Open Source Hardware Association where he does stuff with open source hardware and the law.



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Nadya Peek

Nadya Peek develops unconventional digital fabrication tools, small
scale automation, networked controls, and advanced manufacturing systems
in the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. She builds pop-up fabrication
machines and reconfigurable automation tools, and develops open
infrastructure for others to do the same. She teaches the MIT class
MAS.865 “How to make something that makes (almost) anything” on rapid
prototyping of rapid prototyping machines and is heavily involved in the
global fab lab network. She plays synths and drum machines in the band




Honorary Board Members


Abhishek Narula

fullsizerenderAbhishek is a hardware junkie, an avid DIY’er and an open source advocate. He received his MS and BS in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His idea of meditation is soldering LEDs for hours on end. He prefers the term ‘Hacker’ over ‘Maker’. Abhishek relaxes by installing Linux on old computers. He loves vintage electronics. Abhishek can be found running free electronics workshops at your local hackerspace. Abhishek also creates his own hardware and software tools which are all open sourced.

After dabbling in the world of engineering and business, Abhishek currently runs a new media art studio (ElectronStudios3). He is interested in critically examining the role of technology in contemporary society. Whether through large scale installations or intervention based projects, his art work can be seen as strategic exploration of experiences that may reveal hidden forms of subjugation created as a result of our modern networked and digital world.


Toni Klopfenstein

ToniToni is currently a quality assurance engineer for SparkFun Electronics. She has been working to share and improve open-source electronics and science projects with the community both as a technical support representative at SparkFun, and as a K-12 outreach coordinator for the Women in Engineering program at CU-Boulder. With a strong background in open-source software from the CU-Boulder Applied Mathematics program and her extensive hardware experience at Sparkfun, Toni is passionate about growing and strengthening the open-source movement on all fronts.




Danese Cooper

photo (1)Danese has a long history of advocacy for open-source, earning her the nickname “Open Source Diva”. She is a Board Member at Drupal Association, an Open Source Strategist (consulting) at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an Emeritus Board Member / Observer at Open Source Initiative (OSI), and a Member at The Apache Software Foundation. Previously, she was Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation and, for six years, an open source advocate at Sun Microsystems.



Nathan Seidle

nate-sNathan is the CEO of SparkFun Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, a company he founded in 2003 as an undergraduate student in electrical engineering. His vision for SparkFun was a website that showed multiple views of each product, linked to the datasheet, and contained tutorials on everything they sell. The company has grown to over 130 employees in the past 9 years and is one of the leaders in Open Source Hardware. In addition to the parts company, Nathan also invented a system for printing small runs of circuits boards efficiently with BatchPCB, a sister company within SparkFun. At heart, Nathan is an electrical engineer and continues to build, hack, and design many of the companies’ products.


Wendy Seltzer

wseltzer-smWendy is a Fellow with Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, previously a fellow with Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy; the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado; and with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. She was a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute, teaching a joint course with the Said Business School, Media Strategies for a Networked World. She has previously taught at American University’s Washington College of Law, Brooklyn Law School, and Northeastern University School of Law, and served as staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before joining EFF, she taught Internet Law as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law, and practiced intellectual property and technology litigation at Kramer Levin in New York.


David Mellis

davidDavid is a graduate student in the High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab and co-founder of the Arduino project. Before coming to MIT, he earned a master’s at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea and taught at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design





Joel Murphy

_HeadShotJoel Murphy was born in Honolulu, HI, and has a background in jewelry making and kinetic sculpture with a BFA from Mass College of Art and an MFA from UC San Diego. He has done consulting gigs and worked for small startups since the mid 90’s. He started teaching Physical Computing at Parsons in 2006. In 2011, Joel Co-Founded World Famous Electronics, makers of Pulse Sensor, an optical heart-rate monitor for Arduino. Building on that work, in 2013 he was a part of a grant funded team to create a low-cost high-quality EEG system. He went on to Co-Found the company OpenBCI, and commercialize an open-source high-quality biopotential sensing system. Joel is currently residing in Brooklyn NY, and he is focusing primarily on his startups and the occasional consulting job.




Katherine Scott

kat9Katherine Scott is a founder and the lead software developer at Tempo Automation. Tempo is building the electronics factory of the future in San Francisco. At Tempo the factory’s front door is the customer’s Electronics Design Automation (EDA) software, where the Tempo Plugin provides real-time Design for Manufacture (DFM) feedback and cost quoting. When the design is ready Tempo’s automated factory spins up, fabricates the design, and delivers it to the customer in as little as three days. Prior to Tempo Automation Katherine was a co-founder at Sight Machine and worked at Essess and a small mom-and-pop defense contractor. Katherine holds an MS in CS at Columbia University and Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Jeffrey Warren

jeff-photoThe creator of and co-founder and Research Director for the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Jeffrey Warren designs mapping and civic science tools and professionally flies balloons and kites. Notable software he has created include the vector-mapping framework Cartagen and orthorectification tool MapKnitter, as well as open spectral database and toolkit Spectral Workbench.

He is a fellow at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, on the advisory board of Personal Democracy Media’s WeGov and an advocate of open source software, hardware, and data. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on opensource tools and web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.

Jeff holds an MS from MIT and a BA in Architecture from Yale University, and spent much of that time working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and stuff. To find out more, visit

Photo Credit: Christina Xu