The board of the Open Source Hardware Association currently consists of Lee Wilkins, Wendy Ju, Mirela Alistar, Oluwatobi Oyinlola, Thea Flowers, Jinger Zeng, David Slik, Nadya Peek, Katherine Scott, and Michael Weinberg.
Jinger Zeng is a tech entrepreneur, community builder, and evangelist for open-source technology and open science. She currently works as the contest manager at Hackster.io, a global platform that enables developers and innovators from around the world to learn and share about hardware and electronics.
Studied mechanical engineering at UNLV, she was the project engineer for the award-winning UNLV’s net-zero solar house DesertSol project for the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. The prototype net-zero solar house was her first journey into project-based engineering learning and open innovation. Since then she’s on a mission to understand the path of technology commercialization, from research to market.
She was the co-founder of UNLV’s robotics spin-off start-up Dronesmith Technologies, the company created open hardware and software for drone application development. Jinger then spent 5 years in China as a consultant working with manufacturers connecting product designers, startups, academic institutions, and developers from around the globe to innovation resources and capabilities.
She is an active advocate in the open hardware space, and serves as mentor and advisor to startups in go-to-market strategies and product design. She organized cross-region and global developer activities and events, from meetups, contests, and hackathons, to developer summits, to foster knowledge sharing in the innovation ecosystems.
With her current role at Hackster.io, she is passionate about bridging community resources and creating cross-culture initiatives and programs that drive impactful results to educate the next generations of engineers with an entrepreneurial mindset.
She is a mentor in the OSHWA trailblazer fellowship program and works with the fellows to promote and adopt open-source practices in academia.
David Slik (they/them) is a technical director at NetApp, Inc., working on helping the world store and manage data at scale. When not wrangling wayward bits, David prefers to relax by chasing wayward 0603 parts with tweezers while working on multiple open-source hardware projects, including a low-cost electronics learning system and on various music modules. David‘s background ranges from embedded systems to large-scale distributed storage, with a focus on modular and reusable components, both in hardware and in software.
Mirela is passionate about making healthcare a personal process. Her research focuses around microfluidic biochips, devices that enable direct interaction of humans with their microbiome for diagnosis purposes. Mirela is an active contributor to the DIYBio movement, having led and co-founded community wetlabs. In this context, she organizes interactive performances, art installations and open workshops, in order to engage the public in direct interaction with living materials (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi). She is currently Assistant Professor in Soft Materials at CU Boulder.
Wendy Ju designs people’s interactions with machines. She is excited to make hardware design accessible to a wider and more creative variety of people, so that we might have better and more humane interactive systems. Wendy is an Associate Professor in Information Science at the Jacobs Technion Cornell Institute in New York City.
Lee Wilkins, Summit Chair
Lee Wilkins is a cyborg and artist based in Canada. Currently, they are completing a PhD at the University of Toronto where they study outer space media. They hold a masters in Digital Futures from OCAD University and a bachelor’s degree in Computation Arts from Concordia University. They have worked with technology communities as Co-Executive Director of LIttle Dada, Chair of Site 3 coLaboratory & the Digital Naturalism Conference, and volunteer with Defcon’s Biohacking Village. Lee’s work centres around technology and bodies, and is produced with electronics as a medium. Their work has been shown internationally in Ireland, United States, China, and across Canada. Lee teaches physical computing, wearable electronics, and other alternative tech at various universities and community spaces.
Oluwatobi Oyinlola is a Nigerian-born inventor and entrepreneur. He is a software innovator and advisory board member at Intel, he is an embedded system engineer and IoT evangelist. Recently he has been working in the avionics sector with rLoop Incorporated (a company sharing the dream of realizing the fifth mode of transportation initiated by Elon Musk, i.e. the Hyperloop). He is currently implementing Pay-As-You-Cook technology to promote the use of affordable LPG in Africa. Oluwatobi built the “World’s first solar-powered workstation equipped with IoT technology for university students in Nigeria. He was recognized as one of the Most Influential Young Nigerians in 2018 and 2019.
Nadya Peek develops unconventional digital fabrication tools, small scale automation, networked controls, and advanced manufacturing systems. She’s a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle where she directs Machine Agency. Machine Agents design pop-up fabrication machines, reconfigurable automation tools, and open infrastructure for others to do the same. Nadya teaches electronics and digital fabrication at UW and is also heavily involved in the global fab lab network. Nadya got her PhD at MIT and plays synths and drum machines in the band Construction.
Katherine Scott is the Developer Advocate at Open Robotics, the stewards of the Robot Operating System (ROS). In addition, Katherine is the 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.
Michael Weinberg is the Executive Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at the NYU School of Law. Before joining the Center he served as General Counsel at Shapeways, a 3D printing marketplace and service company, where he also oversaw strategic partnerships and developed new business initiatives. Prior to Shapeways Michael held a number of roles at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit public interest advocacy organization dedicated to representing consumers and the public interest in technology policy debates in Washington, DC.
Alumni Board Members
Javier leads a team of electronics designers and Linux kernel developers at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. He is the initiator of the Open Hardware Repository, a co-author of the CERN Open Hardware Licence and the coordinator of CERN’s contribution to the development of KiCad. At work, he specializes in very precise synchronization solutions for distributed controls and data acquisition systems, such as White Rabbit. Javier is also very keen on education and advocacy. He enjoys taking groups of students around CERN, teaching them Physics through hands-on experiments and telling them about Open (Science | Data | Access | Software | Hardware). A native of Castellón, Spain, Javier holds degrees in Physics and Electronics Engineering.
Drew has a passion for collaborating on Open Source Hardware and Free Software projects. He is an Open Source Hardware designer and firmware developer at OSH Park. Drew is also a board member of the BeagleBoard.org Foundation and maintains the BeagleBone Python library for Adafruit.
Salman is a Maker from India, who is passionate about Electronics and Hardware. He is a SeeedStudio Ranger and a Hackster.io Ambassador and leads the hackster.io Kerala chapter by organizing hardware meetups across Kerala.
In 2019 he has been invited to be a part of the Hello Maker Global Maker Gathering held in South Korea and in 2018 he is invited to be a part of the Shenzhen MakerFaire by SeeedStudio and the Dongguan industrial tour by Chaihuo Maker Space in China.
He is one of the core members of India’s biggest maker gathering called MakerFaire Hyderabad and Organiser of MakerFest Kerala. He is currently working at Steag India as Space Manager, one of the maintainers of MakeGram.com community.
Rolly Seth currently leads the Redmond (HQ) operations of Microsoft Garage https://www.microsoft.com/en-
Jason Kridner is a Founder of the BeagleBoard.org Foundation and a 25 year veteran of Texas Instruments working in embedded systems. The BeagleBoard.org® Foundation is a US-based 501c3 non-profit existing to provide education in and collaboration around the design and use of open-source software and hardware in embedded computing. Jason leads the development of and maintains open-source development tools such as BeagleBoard®, -xM, -X15, BeagleBone®, Black, Blue and the new PocketBeagle®, a Linux-based open-source USB-key-fob computer. Kridner has been a featured keynote speaker and instructor at many industry and educational events including Maker Faires, American Society of Engineering Education Conference, ELC, Collaboration Summit, Android Builders, OSCON, CES and others.
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.
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.
Harris Kenny is the Principal at Kenny Consulting Group, LLC, a business development consultancy that works with B2B technology and service companies. Harris has experience as a tech executive, worked in management consulting, and has advised the White House and members of Congress on technology policy. He has been featured in media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, and Hacker News. Harris earned a MBA from the University of Denver and a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University. Find Harris Kenny online at https://harriskenny.com/
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.
Addie Wagenknecht, Co-Chair, Open Hardware Summit (2013-2018)
Addie 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.
Abhishek 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.