Alicia Gibb – Executive Director
Alicia Gibb is an advocate for open hardware, researcher, and a hardware hacker. Alicia has worked within the open source hardware community since 2008. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), an non-profit organization to educate the benefits of building and using open source hardware. She founded the Association after founding and chairing the Open Hardware Summit, a conference where the open source hardware community discusses business, manufacturing, legal implications, and all things open source hardware.
Addie Wagenknecht – Open Hardware Summit Co-Chair
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. More information can be found at her website http://placesiveneverbeen.com and lasersaur.com
David Mellis – Editor and Content Chair
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.
Catarina Mota – Research Chair
Catarina is co-founder of Open Materials (do-it-yourself smart materials), Everywhere Tech (open source technology transfer), and AltLab (Lisbon’s hackerspace). She has taught numerous hands-on workshops on hi-tech materials and simple circuitry with the goal of encouraging people with little to no science background to take a proactive interest in science, technology and knowledge-sharing. Catarina is wrapping up her PhD dissertation on the social impact of open and collaborative practices for the development of physical goods and technologies. She is currently a visiting scholar at ITP-NYU, Research Chair at the Open Source Hardware Association, TED Fellow, and member of NYC Resistor.
Kellbot – IT Guru
Kelly “Kellbot” Maguire is a web developer, open source hardware enthusiast, and dedicated knitter. She is an advocate for hands-on learning through hardware hacking. When she is not trying to cajole her knitting machines into working, she can be found watching professional Starcraft matches (yes, that is a thing) and building treehouses in Minecraft.
Caleb Cover – Community Manager
Caleb is an all-around open source enthusiast, maker, and artist. He has been responsible for bringing in new technologies for the roles filled over the last decade. Prior to working at OSHWA, he was the full-time 3D Printing Coordinator while simultaneously completing the Video Game Production Program at The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School (DAVE School.) While there, he taught 250+ students the pipelines and skills necessary for professional success in 3D printing. After graduating, he was chosen among many alumni to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant for both programs offered. Before DAVE School, he managed the then largest fleet of RepRap printers on the planet for Aleph Objects Inc., the creators of the Lulzbot brand of libre hardware 3D printers. Other experiences include: serving on multiple productions for the Emmy-award winner Ron Thornton (visual effects producer for The Asylum, creators and producers of the Sharknado franchise), earning his black belt after five years from the Olympian and former head coach at the Olympic Training Center Grandmaster Han Won Lee, prepping nationally ranked performance European cars for track use at SCR Performance, working on virtual reality games while developing for the OSVR and Oculus CV1 platforms, and building hundreds of boutique workstations for game/VFX development at DvNT Technologies.
Aileen Park – Virtual Office Assistant
Aileen graduated from The University of California, San Diego with a major in Computing in the Arts. She was introduced to open source hardware in her electronics arts class taught by Alicia Gibb, and later got hired to assist the good people of OSHWA. Her interests include graphic design, magical friendship ponies, and sleep.