2021-2023 OSHWA Board Nominees

Become an OSHWA member today to vote on nominees!

This year, we have 4 open seats on the OSHWA board. Board members will hold a 2-year position. Once board members have been chosen by the community, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. As every nominee answered “Yes” to having 5-10 hours a month to give to the board, we did not include that question in each nominee’s data. Board responsibilities include fundraising, advising on goals and direction, and carrying out compliance of the organization’s purposes and bylaws.

The vote will be open on Oct. 19th-25th. Members will be emailed a link to vote. Here are the nominees in no particular order:

Wendy Ju

Why do you want to be on the board?

I am interested in the role that OSHW can play in creative entrepreneurship. I would love to serve the OSHW community by developing more curriculum and tutorials to help people produce, populate and test inexpensive quick-turn PCBs so that people with cool HW ideas might be able to make a living making and selling interactive devices to others.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I am an Associate Professor of Information Science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in New York City. I teach a graduate course in Developing and Designing Interactive Devices. My research focuses on designing interaction with automated systems; I frequently use interactive technologies to prototype the future. I have developed and shared curriculum to teach Arduino and Raspberry Pi in the context of making interactive musical instruments, far-out Mp3 players, and robots of many flavors.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I recognize that there are numerous aspects of engineering, computer science, and STEM fields in general which need to be made over to give more people from different racial, geographical, and socio-economic backgrounds access to the tools of production. I deeply believe that greater inclusion will greatly benefit the field and our practices, and am committed to break down barriers and address inequity.


Pamela L. Jennings

Why do you want to be on the board?

I have been involved in several research activities and community forums for open source hardware including the early OSH Workshop at the Banff Centre (2008/2009); the Sketching-in-Hardware consortium; and my own research in IoT hardware design for EdTech. I’ve always been interested in and have taught physical computing/sketching-in-hardware/hardware hacking/ Making as platforms for learning. I am also interested in the commercialization of hardware dependent products.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

Throughout most of my career I have been an academic straddling the worlds of the arts, design, and technology. I served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation CISE IIS CreativeIT and HCC programs. I’ve been involved in several projects at the National Academies of Sciences about creativity, STEM, and integrative learning in higher education. And I recently received an NSF SBIR Phase 1 grant for my company, CONSTRUKTS, Inc. (https://www.CONSTRUKTS.com)

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

Please view Pamela’s statement here: https://www.pamelajennings.org/speaking.html


Thea Flowers

Why do you want to be on the board?

To expand the open source hardware movement into new focus areas, especially music technology and small scale manufacturing. To empower open source developers with resources to create, use, and build from open source software and hardware.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have long been an open source software advocate and I started an open source hardware music technology company last year. During my career, I have contributed significantly to multiple high-profile open source projects and to the Python community (for which I’ve been honored as a Python Software Foundation fellow). I bring a decade of experience in open source software, community organization, and developer experience.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I believe that open source – software and hardware – is for everyone. Knowledge and technology are capable of being incredibly empowering when used with careful intent. Each of us has a moral and ethical obligation to humanity to build a community and industry that is beneficial to us all – especially those that have historically been discriminated against.


Nadya Peek

Why do you want to be on the board?

I believe technology to be a democratic tool. To enable this, I believe in creating reusable, modular, extensible, interoperable, and accessible technologies. Specifically, I believe in creating infrastructural technologies that can serve any (unintended) application. I believe Open Source Hardware can (and already does) fulfill infrastructural needs—e.g., boards like Arduinos or Duet3Ds. However, unlike open source software, replicating hardware always has a cost—the cost of parts and manufacture. I’m interested in how to support *distributed* making. I’m especially interested in distributing production of of complex electromechanical devices such as digital fabrication machines or bioreactors. On the board I’d provide digital fabrication expertise and work on topics like quality control and documentation. The supply chain failures in the COVID-19 pandemic have especially highlighted what open source hardware design together with distributed production might enable. I would like to serve on the board of the Open Hardware Association as I believe it to be an organization uniquely focused on developing, discussing, and disseminating open standards for technology design and production.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have been actively developing open source hardware for almost two decades! I develop open-source hardware machines and controllers in my group Machine Agency at the University of Washington. Some of our projects include the Cardboard Machine Kit, Jubilee3D, and p5.fab. I’m an engineering prof and teach digital fabrication and physical computing. My group shares their research widely—besides academic publications and conferences we also can generally be found at things like Hackaday Supercon, Crowdsupply Teardown, RRFs, and CCC. I got my PhD at MIT in the Center for Bits and Atoms, where I helped set up many fab labs and makerspaces. I have been on the board of OSHWA many times before and have a lot of experience helping organize the summit, including pivoting the summit to remote when a virus becomes a global threat. I think I am qualified to be on the board because of my technical expertise and my experience with community organizing, fundraising, and promoting OSHW.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

A major goal of mine is broadening the participation of women, racially underrepresented people, and people from disadvantaged socioeconomic statuses in engineering and particularly Open Source Hardware. As a woman engineer of mixed race and ethnicity, this matter is of both professional and personal importance to me. To achieve this, I dedicate time to organizing events to address structural racism at my workplace, to mentoring groups who have historically been excluded from engineering, and by participating in policy making efforts that can further goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I use my position of privilege and power as a professor at a public US university to stand up for those in more precarious positions. I value and support the past inclusion efforts of OSHWA, e.g., the Ada Lovelace fellowship, and would work to further them were I to be elected to the board.


Mirela Alistar

Why do you want to be on the board?

Being able to contribute to OSHWA has been a dream of mine since years. Back then, I was a PhD student in Embedded Systems at DTU (Denmark) and a very strong advocate of releasing our research open-source (to the extent that at conferences I was pointed at and referenced as the “open-source girl”). The minute I learnt about the DIY local community, I got involved as a chair for Biologigaragen (DIYBio in Denmark) and later even co-founded a community wetlab in Berlin (>top). In this context, I worked with other DIYBio researchers and we together developed open-source hardware for biotech experiments. Year later, I am now an Assistant Professor in soft materials at CU Boulder, and have the confidence and maturity to feel that I can really contribute to OSHWA.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

This part is extremely hard to write, so I will present a few facts and hope the qualifications will stem out of them. As mentioned, I have been pro-actively involved in the DIYBio community in Europe. Specifically, I was providing content (designing and making hardware to biotech experiments), education (I organized >30 workshops around the world in public spaces such as museums or techno festivals), and leadership (I was the chairwoman for DIYBio in Denmark and co-founder of a DIYBio space in Berlin, as well as present to most European DIYBio summits). In the DIYBio context, there has been a lot of open-source hardware development stemming for a diverse collaboration: our communities were welcoming artists, designers, engineers, cooks, filmmakers, etc. I understand very well the synergies when interweaving diversity, the passion to make, and the struggle to release open-source in a capitalistic world. One of the devices that I contributed to, OpenDrop, has been published in an academic venue, released open-source on github, and has now over hundreds of replicas around the world. Prestigious labs, such as from MIT and UW, forked the device to create a new biochip for DNA computing and liquid display. Needless to say, I understand the importance of releasing hardware open-source, and the significance of showing people on how to make it, and educating them on how to use it.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

As an international woman, and of color, I have experienced a lot of discrimination, and injustice. It made me stronger but also gave me a strong voice and determination to make sure that diversity and inclusion are norms. In my position right now, I encourage female students and underrepresented minorities to engage in research. My lab has 4 female PhD students, and the only 2 male PhD students are LatinX and Black. I have kept an eye open to encourage young female students, and so far I have mentored 7 female undergraduates that went on to pursue an academic career. I am pro-actively involved in hackathons, public workshops (at the library, museums), reaching out to marginalized communities (e.g., the blind), and even worked hard to get some funding from Google to support some of this work. I am not only making these efforts myself, I am making it compulsory for any of the students working with me to engage in outreach. The hope is to propagate these actions, such that they become inherent and a habit in the future.


Shaun Savage

Why do you want to be on the board?

I have been working with Open Source since 1992, Linux v0.97. I want to support Open Source. The next challenge is OS hardware. I even had my own TV cable access show TVLinux that I produced for 5 years.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have graduate degree in EE and a patent in silicon design.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I am a disabled veteran.


Taylor Hokanson

Why do you want to be on the board?

While I think open hardware makes great business sense, I am also interested in the way that the open source philosophy increases access and equity for individuals and organizations that do not have a for-profit model. By supporting cross-pollination and creativity for its own sake, we significantly increase the chances that the Next Big Thing gets made, and made in a way where we can all benefit. I would like to serve on the board to represent this perspective.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I am an Associate Professor with fifteen years of experience teaching art and technology at the college level, and have deep experience organizing large groups of passionate people around creative/progressive initiatives. I participated in the first Open Hardware Summit, where I spoke about the open source DIY CNC machine plans that my design collaborative released in 2008. My creative practice includes a sledgehammer-operated typing keyboard and a monumental, cast-iron sculpture that you can set on fire via Twitch chat commands. I am heavily invested in the open source community, and want to do my part to help push the movement forward.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

While representation is crucial as a first step towards DEI+J, fundamental transformation of underlying power structures is needed to advance any cause in an equitable fashion. This semester, for example, I am teaching a studio class about speculative sex/gender in collaboration with Kay Dartt, a Trans artist and academic from West Virginia. Together we are building curriculum that examines Queer Theory and Xenofeminism through the process of art making. We plan to organize the products of this class into a traveling show, and will also labor to ensconce our course in the permanent curricular rotation at our respective schools. Both of these goals are intended to embed progressive material and ideas within two sometimes conservative power structures: the art gallery and academia. Similarly, were I to join OSHWA in a leadership role, I would investigate fundamental organizational impediments to the participation of disenfranchised groups, then labor to remove those obstacles at the board level.


Daniel Wessolek

Why do you want to be on the board?

Would like to further open hardware in Europe and think it would be great to act as a bridge of sorts. I enjoy promoting open hardware and FLOSS tools, as having low-barrier reproduction and remixing possibilities through open tools, also in connection with maker space technologies, seems a good way to encourage people to create their own solutions. Also, working towards EU requirements in favor of open hardware and right to repair legislation could make open hardware more mainstream. There are some great people on the board and I would like to join efforts.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

Currently we are preparing a Prototype Fund Hardware at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. I am also active in the EU project OPENNEXT, where we are working with SMEs to develop more OSHW. I have spent time in academia and enjoy going to open hardware related gatherings, also I do not mind getting on a stage to share. I have created a first open hardware toy sequencer in 2007, and continue developing open hardware with others. Also, I have a PhD in Design and spent quite some years abroad. I like the intersection of art and tech.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

FLOSS and OSHW should be part of any university education. Education and tools should be freely available to anyone curious to engage in this area. Co-design processes with people from various backgrounds and interests are the most fruitful and fun. Learned a lot from working with Deaf people, particularly from a colleague who is an interface designer engaged in promoting Deaf culture and building bridges to hearing people and vice versa. I helped create different Careables in a format called Open Health HACKademy. Nonetheless, as a middle-aged white dude with an academic middle-class family background, I am also happy letting others go first – or to collaborate.


Charles Steinkuehler

Why do you want to be on the board?

I am excited by the opportunity to advance the adoption of open source principles for hardware projects and platforms. I have benefited from using and contributing to many open source projects over the years and feel this would be a great way for me to give back and to help grow the community.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have been designing electronics hardware for 35 years and working with open source projects as both a user and contributor for 20+ years. I am familiar with virtually all aspects of electronics design including analog, digital, and mixed signal designs, microcontrollers, FPGAs, firmware, and “gateware” or RTL coding. I have excellent communications and problem solving skills and experience in both traditional management and coordinating volunteer teams.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I affirm the inherent dignity of every human being and the need to create a society where all can prosper and become one’s best self. I commit to holding myself accountable and taking concrete steps to create an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and equitable.


Katherine Scott

Why do you want to be on the board?

I have been on the board twice and a member of the OSHWA community since its inception. I am generally one of the more active board members and I would like to continue my work on the board.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have been on the board previously and have worked with the OSHWA community since at least 2010. I am also presently employed at Open Robotics; an organization that builds open-source software and hardware for robotics. Prior to working at Open Robotics I co-founded an electronics manufacturing company, worked on multiple open-source projects, and have degrees in electrical and computer engineering.

What is your personal DEI+J (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice) statement?

I have been working as a straight white woman in engineering for over fifteen years; it wasn’t always easy, and it still isn’t. Now that I have achieved a modicum of success, I feel that my role is to offer assistance to, and elevate the voices of, traditionally marginalized individuals who wish to enter the field. Personally, that takes the form of regular volunteer and outreach work I do outside of OSHWA, along with various activities I have performed in the workplace.

With respect to OSHWA, open-source hardware and software offer a unique opportunity for marginalized identities to engage with technology without the gate-keeping that is often found in academia and industry. As a board, I see our role as having four parts with respect to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

First, OSHWA should fully commit to creating spaces where traditionally marginalized individuals feel welcomed, respected, and able to fully express themselves without fear of reprisal.

Second, with respect to technology and policy, OSHWA should actively work to remove or replace historical technology and policies that harmed marginalized communities.

Third, OSHWA should work with marginalized communities to evaluate new open-source technology and policies to avoid continued or future marginalization or oppression.

Forth, OSHWA should actively recruit and support, financially where possible, the inclusion of traditionally marginalized individuals in the open-source hardware community.


Please find details of our election process here.

New Resources at OSHWA

OSHWA is excited to announce two new documents in our Resources file: The Evolving Aspects of a Welcoming Community and How to Write a Code of Conduct.

These documents were produced as the summation of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice research done this summer by LeeLee James and Alicia Gibb on behalf of the Open Source Hardware Association and various entities at CU Boulder. The two documents are The Evolving Aspects of a Welcoming Community, and as requested by some of the labs on the CU campus, How to Write a Code of Conduct. These documents are cross posted at the Blow Things Up Lab where the research took place.

As OSHWA works with many communities as well as having it’s own, we hope these tools are useful in creating welcoming environments.

OSHWA is hiring a Community Coordinator

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) is looking for a Community Coordinator to connect OSHWA with the Open Hardware Community. This position works directly with the community and our Executive Director to expand and communicate OSHWA’s initiatives, partners, and visibility. The position is a part time contractor at approximately 5-10 hours per week. The pay is $20/hour. OSHWA pays travel expenses related to the Open Hardware Summit, our annual community event.

OSHWA strongly encourages all people to apply (please circulate widely), especially those who hold the following intersecting identities: Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, persons living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others with lived experience in overlooked and/or underestimated communities.

Primary Responsibilities: 

 Maintain, support, engage outreach efforts

Connect community organizations

Support OSHWA’s DEI+J initiatives

Assist with the Open Hardware Summit, specifically Hopin / Streamyard and Coordinate speakers and sponsor booths, updating website with their info.

Assist with Open Hardware Month within the community and website updates

Create tweets (specifically news, membership, certification, events etc.)

Scheduling certification tweets with images

Assist in navigating online resources and providing connections to additional resources

Emailing board members signed up for Twitter/Make article

Replying to queries in info@oshwa.org

Adding endorsements for the definition and SPI resolution

Write the occasional Mailchimp newsletter

Add features and review PR’s for Open Source License Facts Label Generator

Keep WordPress server up-to-date

Post news on oshwa.org

Update our various sites with new content and yearly changes for OHS and OHM

Discord – watch for spam, answer the rare question posted there

Generating membership reports when needed 

Manually add subscriptions missing in MemberPress

Report to the Executive Director

Specific In-progress projects include:

Open Hardware Glossary

Certification evangelization

Open Hardware Month

Required Qualifications: 

Ability to build relationships

Strong communication skills 

Working knowledge of Libre Office or open source equivalent, Mailchimp, and programs in the Google suite 

Working knowledge of WordPress

Familiarity with social media tools 

Helpful Experience: 

Conference and event management

Community building experience

Apply

To Apply, please fill out this form. OSHWA will begin reviewing applications on Oct. 11th and then on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

OSHWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, reproductive health decision making, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

OSHWA 2021-2023 Board Nominations Open!

OSHWA is looking for 4 new faces to join the board of directors for the Open Source Hardware Association. The nominee form is, as always, for self-nominations only. Please fill out the nominee form (deactivated 11:59PM ET on Oct. 12) to become a nominee or forward the link to someone you want to nominate. Do not fill out the form for someone else. The purpose of this form is to tell voting members why you want to serve on the OSHWA board. We will be publish the nominees and their answers on Oct 14th. Board members hold a 2-year position. Once board members have been chosen by the membership, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. Board responsibilities include fundraising, promoting OSHWA, advising on goals and direction, and carry out compliance with the organizations purposes and bylaws. Board members must follow our Code of Conduct. See the board member agreement to get a sense of the responsibilities. Board members are expected to adhere to the board attendance policy and come prepared having read the board packet. Board members are expected to spend 5-10 hours of time per month on OSHWA. Nominees can submit questions to info@oshwa.org. Nominations will be open until Oct. 12th.

Member voting will take place Oct 19-26th. View our election policy.

Want to vote in the election? Become a member! Please note that only individuals can vote, corporate members cannot.

OSHWA is looking for an Open Hardware Summit Chair

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) is looking for a Chair to the annual Open Hardware Summit set for April 22, 2022 in NYC @ NYU. This is an excellent opportunity to help shape the first in-person Summit since 2019, as well as to connect with the Open Hardware Community.

The Summit Chair helps to oversee the annual Open Hardware Summit. They work with OSHWA’s Executive Director, the Speaker Chair, and venue staff to produce the Summit.  The Summit Chair is also an ex officio member of the OSHWA board for the duration of the position. 

The Summit Chair is a paid, part-time position of $10,000. It begins in September of 2021 and concludes in early May of 2022.  The Open Hardware Summit Playbook establishes milestones that allow for flexible time commitments in the months leading up to the Summit. The Chair should expect to be on site and work full days on April 20, 21, and 22 of 2022. As we approach the Summit dates, the time commitment of the position will ramp up. OSHWA pays travel expenses related to the Summit.

OSHWA strongly encourages all people to apply (please circulate widely), especially those who hold the following intersecting identities: Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, persons living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others with lived experience in overlooked and/or underestimated communities.

The main tasks for the Summit Chair are:

  • Regularly updating the Summit website (runs on WordPress) 
  • Promoting the Summit to open hardware and open hardware-adjacent communities in the NYC area and around the world
  • Overseeing the Summit social media presence 
  • Recruiting Summit keynote speakers
  • Managing the Ada Lovelace Fellowship application process
  • Designing the Summit staging and visual identity (either directly or by coordinating with an outside designer) 
  • Planning any pre or post parties (COVID permitting)

The Summit Chair is not expected to:

  • Fundraise for the Summit
  • Make venue or catering decisions
  • Manage venue A/V
  • Manage ticketing infrastructure
  • Maintain Summit website infrastructure
  • Manage the non-keynote speaker selection process

Candidates for this position must have:

  • Demonstrated experience organizing and managing community events
  • A connection to the open source hardware community
  • Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines
  • The ability to be in NYC for the Summit (COVID permitting)

Ideal candidates for this position will also have:

  • Experience promoting events 
  • Experience with community building
  • Experience designing stage and event spaces either directly or as a collaborator with other designers

To Apply, please fill out this form.  OSHWA will begin reviewing applications on August 16 and then on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

OSHWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, reproductive health decision making, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Welcome New Board Members 2020-2022

Welcome to the following 2020-2022 board members! Congrats to Michael Weinberg, Oluwatobi Oyinlola, Javier Serrano, Drew Fustini, and Shah Selbe. Thank you to all OSHWA members who voted, your vote is important – we had quorum! Here are the results:

How do we run our elections?

All OSHWA board candidates have to self-nominate to be eligible for election. Self-nomination demonstrates that the candidate has a personal commitment to serving on the OSHWA board. The candidates outline their motivation and qualifications so voters can make informed decisions.

OSHWA board members are elected for two year terms. Terms are staggered so that only a portion of the OSHWA board terms expire in any given year in order to maintain continuity within the board. Elections are held each year for the portion of the board seats that are open in that year. This year, that was five board seats.

We announce the start of the board nomination process on the front of the OSHWA website and on the OSHWA twitter account (@ohsummit). These platforms reach beyond just existing OSHWA members to the broader OSHW community.  

In addition to the general announcement, we directly reach out to potential candidates with diverse backgrounds, suggesting they nominate themselves.

Once the nominations are closed, OSHWA members vote to elect new board members. Voting is limited to OSHWA members as per the rules that govern OSHWA’s non-profit incorporation.  We use online voting for board elections. Our bylaws require that at least 10% of our membership vote in order to have quorum to validate the election. 

Thank you again to all of the nominees, OSHWA members, and the larger open source hardware community for its support and engagement with this year’s board nominations and elections!

2020-2022 Board Member Nominees

Become an OSHWA member today to vote on nominees!

This year, we have 5 open seats on the OSHWA board. Board members will hold a 2-year position. Once board members have been chosen by the community, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. As every nominee answered “Yes” to having 5-10 hours a month to give to the board, we did not include that question in each nominee’s data. Board responsibilities include fundraising, advising on goals and direction, and carrying out compliance of the organization’s purposes and bylaws

The vote will be open on Oct. 19th-23rd. Members will be emailed a link to vote. Here are the nominees in no particular order:

Michael Weinberg

Why do you want to be on the board? I would like to be on the board to continue building out OSHWA as an organization. I am excited about how far we have come with the open source hardware certification program and believe that it can become an effective way to identify open source hardware in a wide range of fields. I also think that OSHWA as an organization can continue to act as a place for the open source hardware community to speak with itself, and as an entry point into the community for new members.

What qualifies you to be a board member? I have been on the OSHWA board for a number of years already, and served as the board chair for a number of those. I helped launch the OSHWA open source hardware certification program and continue to help oversee it. I am enthusiastic about the role that open source hardware can play in the world, and love being part of an organization that can bring such a wide ranging community together.

Oluwatobi Oyinlola

Why do you want to be on the board? Open Source Hardware Association will give me a bigger platform to contribute to the community at large with the influence of evangelizing more people through speaking, engagement, and collaborations.  I want the entire hardware community to also enjoy my experience as an advisory board member of the Intel innovator program.

I also think the African region is not heavily represented in the association, with the great influence of becoming a board member I will impact the sensitization in my region to bring more people both corporate and individual members to join, give them a platform to certify their hardware designs. I am talking about thousands of hardware developers in the community.

What qualifies you to be a board member? Over the past 10 years, I have been educationally, professionally, and generally proven for my skills.

I was part of the open-source hyperloop team (rLoop), I contributed as an embedded system engineer, I was selected as intel software innovator and later became an Intel Board member for the innovator program, I have organized over 50 meetups in Nigeria. Just recently I was part of the dream team awardee at the Hackaday 2020 competition. In 2018 and 2019, I was nominated as one of the most influential young Nigeria for the technology aspect of the award.

I hope to provide more support to the community using the OSHWA platform and reach more people in the hardware community.

Michael Brodeur

Why do you want to be on the board? As a returning student who will be actively participating in research pertaining to the development of technologies relating to clean energy, information processing, and the like, it is important to find opportunities to build bridges between academia and Open Source initiatives. OSHWA is a pivotal organization in helping to direct hobbyists and other interested parties toward the Open Source ethos as well as setting up a collaborative, community-driven framework for future development.

What qualifies you to be a board member? I am an information technology professional with ten years experience under my belt. I have recently returned to school in order to pursue a second undergraduate degree with the intention of proceeding into a research-oriented career. The Open Source ecosystem must find ways to firmly establish itself within academia so that educators, students, and researchers can be uplifted by more accessible tools. I intend to utilize a position within OSHWA for the benefit of higher education in order to mitigate costs for both schools and students while also providing avenues for an improvement in the quality of education overall.

Ayan Pahwa

Why do you want to be on the board? 

– Help introduce new programs to enable developers around the world adopt, promote and leverage open hardware ideologies and contribute back to the community.

– Help create programs / events / content to spread OSHWA awareness and ease of certifying your hardware project in OSHWA.

– Bring in challenges to the board in their mission from a perspective of third world country like India and help spread the overall FOSS ideology in such countries where not much exposure is available around this subject.

What qualifies you to be a board member? I am an active member of FOSS communities in India and have managed multiple events and programs as organiser, volunteer and member in big FOSS communities like India Linux User Group- Delhi. I’m also founder of Hardware Hackers Club- Delhi and KnifEDGE RC aeromodelling club which gives me first hand experience with open source communities, what motivates people contribute and what they look for when open sourcing their work which will enable me to put views forward when the board will launch a new program or modify an existing one .

I’ve also created many and certified some of my own open hardware projects and motivated others in my local community to do the same by giving talks and workshops.

Since covid I helped organise atleast one virtual meetup locally without any miss which gave me a good exposure of virtual new normal technical meetups m programs .

Apart from this I am an Automotive Embedded software engineer at Siemens PLM and use FOSS tools almost daily in my work.

I also create content around DiY, Open source on my blog https://codeNsolder.com and Youtube channel – https://youtube.com/iayanpahwa , magazines like Open Source for You, Electronics for you, and blogs on Hackaday and Instructables which has put me in position to influence the next generation of community members for good and promote open culture .

Javier Serrano

Why do you want to be on the board? I have been a member of OSHWA for many years, and I have been vocal in a number of areas, such as the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for hardware design and the need to convince public institutions of the special role they can play in OSHW. I believe I am now ready to take the next logical step, namely to offer some of my time to help with these and other endeavours. I hope I can use my experience and my energy to make OSHWA stronger and more relevant. As OSHW becomes mainstream in more and more domains, the coming years will be full of challenges and opportunities. OSHWA is ideally positioned to provide a framework, channeling all this momentum and guaranteeing that the sharing of hardware designs is done right.

What qualifies you to be a board member? I lead a team of developers in the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN). We do PCBs, gateware (FPGA/HDL), firmware and software (mostly Linux device drivers and libraries) for controls and data acquisition in particle accelerators. Since 2006, I gave myself the goal to provide a working experience for HW developers in the section similar to that of their SW colleagues, in terms of their ability to share with and learn from others, work with companies without the risk of vendor lock-in and easily bring in help from outside the laboratory. This took me on a long journey which included co-authoring the CERN Open Hardware Licence [1], creating the Open Hardware Repository [2], discussing business models with companies and managing CERN’s contribution to KiCad development [3]. I have also written about various subjects, including the reasons I believe public institutions are an ideal vehicle to boost OHSW [4]. My advocacy work has taken me to present in many venues, including the last (online) OH Summit [5]. My interests in FPGA/HDL and science have also brought me in close contact with related communities such as the FOSSi Foundation [6] and GOSH [7], and I would like to establish bridges between them and OSHWA to collaborate on subjects of common interest. At work, I am the initiator and leader of the White Rabbit project [8], which has been portrayed as an example of synergistic relationship between open source and standardisation bodies [9]. I am also very interested in seeing ways in which public administration can help create a better society through the use of open source, and I am currently helping in a study on the impact of open source for the European Commission [10].

[1] https://cern-ohl.web.cern.ch/
[2] https://ohwr.org/welcome
[3] https://ohwr.org/project/cern-kicad/wikis/home
[4] https://ohwr.org/project/ohr-meta/wikis/Documents/oshw-in-public-institutions
[5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIbV0MySce0
[6] https://fossi-foundation.org/
[7] http://openhardware.science/
[8] https://ohwr.org/project/white-rabbit/wikis/home
[9] https://home.cern/news/news/knowledge-sharing/white-rabbit-cern-born-technology-sets-new-global-standard
[10] http://www.openforumeurope.org/open-source-impact-study/

Drew Fustini

Why do you want to be on the board? I want to continue be a visible advocate for open source hardware. It is important to reach out to communities that may be not be aware of the open source hardware philosophy and the potential benefits. I have given many presentations on the principles of open source hardware and OSHWA’s efforts at events across Europe and the US over the past 2 years, and I believe we can grow the movement by continuing to expose more people to these concepts.

In particular, I would like to grow the visibility of OSHWA in the chip design community where open source is starting to gain acceptance. My vision is to have a computer system where it is certified open source hardware all the way down to the transistor level. I believe this is possible in the next 2 years if OSHWA provides guidance to people designing open source microprocessor chips (such as with the Google+Skywater silicon fab program).

What qualifies you to be a board member? I believe I have proven to be a strong advocate for open source hardware to DIY makers, hardware hackers and professional engineers. I have led electronic badge projects for the past two Open Hardware Summits to be demonstrate open collaboration on hardware design and to encourage people to hack on electronics. As a RISC-V ambassador and FOSSi member, I have gotten heavily involved over the past year in the open source chip-level design community and I have been increasing the visibility of OSHWA and our certification process.

Shah Selbe

Why do you want to be on the board? The work that OSHWA does in moving forward the field of open source hardware is super important to so many projects out there, including the work that we do at Conservify and FieldKit. The milestones around certification and the virtual Open Hardware Summit this year are impressive feats, and I hope to continue to work on the board to help move that work forward along with new things that OSHWA would like to do in the future. I would like to bring in the connections I have made in the foundation and nonprofit funding spaces to help to increase the capacity of what OSHWA can do. There is a eagerly growing interest in open hardware within the scientific and conservation fields that I work in, and I have always been a very outspoken proponent of choosing open solutions over proprietary. I want to do all that I can to help keep that momentum in those spaces (and other fields), and I believe that a board member position at OSHWA is a great place to do that from. I really appreciated my time with OSHWA so far and would like that to continue.

What qualifies you to be a board member? I’ve served on the board for the last two years and have a good understanding of how it works. I also believe that many of the connections I have made in my work can benefit OSHWA, both in the fundraising space and the outreach side of things. Everything we work on at Conservify and FieldKit (which one the 2019 Hackaday Prize) is open source and always have been. We are starting the process to certify FieldKit with OSHWA shortly. For FieldKit, we are actively building a community of users and developers that will be contributing to an international open source project, and would like that to be closely aligned with the work happening at OSHWA. I am also working on a number of global initiatives that are adjacent to OSHWA, including one around open environmental sensing, one around open distributed manufacturing, and one around open source conservation technology.

Giulio Moro

Why do you want to be on the board? I think that the exponential diffusion of open source in the past decade is one of the best things that happened to the technology world. Making knowledge openly accessible to individuals and businesses means less time spent duplicating other people’s efforts to re-invent the wheel and more time spent on applications, which is what drives innovation forward. Individuals can learn from open source designs, and it lowers the barrier of entry to the market for new businesses, democratizing the process. The OSHWA has a prominent role in promoting the open source philosophy and supporting the community. I want to be part of the board to contribute to the effort, trying to bring more and more businesses on board with the open source philosophy, by showing them how they can benefit from sharing and using open source designs. I also want to develop a strategy to influence governments and funding bodies to ensure that designs developed thanks to publicly funded research are released as open source.

What qualifies you to be a board member? I am an audio engineer by training and I have a PhD in electronic engineering. During my PhD I contributed to the creation of Bela, an open source platform for embedded audio processing. I am the main maintainer of Bela at Augmented Instruments Ltd (AIL), and also the main source of contact for supporting our users through our forum, where I always strive to improve the users’ knowledge, instead of simply solving their problems. All the products we release at AIL are open source software and hardware, and we believe in building on and contributing to the open source community.
I would use my experience in grant writing to gather funding for OSHWA, which could play a key role as a main applicant or project partner in projects aimed at education and knowledge share.

OSHWA 2020-2022 Board Nominations Open!

OSHWA is looking for 5 new faces to join the board of directors for the Open Source Hardware Association. The nominee form is, as always, for self-nominations only. Please fill out the nominee form (deactivated 11:59PM ET on Oct. 10th) to become a nominee or forward the link to someone you want to nominate. Do not fill out the form for someone else. The purpose of this form is to tell voting members why you want to serve on the OSHWA board. We will be publish the nominees and their answers on Oct 12th. Board members hold a 2-year position. Once board members have been chosen by the community, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. Board responsibilities include fundraising, advising on goals and direction, and carry out compliance with the organizations purposes and bylaws. See the board member agreement to get a sense of the responsibilities. Board members are expected to adhere to the board attendance policy and come prepared having read the board packet. Board members are expected to spend 5-10 hours of time per month on OSHWA. Nominees can submit questions to info@oshwa.org. Nominations will be open until Oct. 10th.

Member voting will take place Oct. 19th-23rd. Want to vote in the election? Become a member! Please note that only individuals can vote, corporate members cannot.

A Resolution to Redefine SPI Pin Names

Black‌ ‌Lives‌ ‌Matter.‌ ‌We‌ ‌stand‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌Black‌ ‌community‌ ‌and‌ ‌we‌ ‌choose‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌actively‌ ‌anti-racist,‌ ‌work‌ ‌towards‌ ‌racial‌ ‌equity,‌ ‌and‌ ‌against‌ ‌White‌ ‌supremacy.‌ ‌As‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌this,‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌taking‌ ‌steps‌ ‌here‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌community.‌ ‌ 

‌The‌ ‌words‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌use‌ ‌have‌ ‌an‌ ‌impact.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌remove‌ ‌the‌ ‌words‌ ‌which‌ ‌describe‌ ‌a‌ ‌morally‌ ‌repugnant‌ ‌relationship,‌ ‌“Master”‌ ‌and‌ ‌“Slave”,‌ ‌from‌ ‌our‌ ‌technical‌ ‌vocabulary.‌ ‌These‌ ‌terms‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌used‌ ‌for‌ ‌decades‌ ‌to‌ ‌describe‌ ‌the‌ ‌relationship‌ ‌between‌ ‌hardware‌ ‌components.‌ ‌Some‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌standards‌ ‌and‌ ‌interfaces‌ ‌that‌ ‌use‌ ‌this‌ ‌terminology‌ ‌include‌ ‌SPI,‌ ‌I2C,‌ ‌Wishbone,‌ ‌AXI,‌ ‌SD,‌ ‌RapidI/O,‌ ‌and‌ ‌MIPI‌ ‌DSI.‌ ‌ ‌

By‌ ‌way‌ ‌of‌ ‌example,‌ ‌the‌ ‌SPI‌ ‌(Serial‌ ‌Peripheral‌ ‌Interface)‌ ‌protocol‌ ‌specifies‌ ‌logic‌ ‌signals‌ ‌with‌ ‌names‌ ‌including‌ ‌MOSI‌ ‌(Master‌ ‌Output‌ ‌Slave‌ ‌Input),‌ ‌MISO‌ ‌(Master‌ ‌Input‌ ‌Slave‌ ‌Output),‌ ‌and‌ ‌SS‌ ‌(Slave‌ ‌Select).‌ ‌This‌ ‌is‌ ‌unacceptable.‌ ‌ 

‌These‌ ‌signals‌ ‌in‌ ‌SPI‌ ‌–‌ ‌along‌ ‌with‌ ‌those‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌other‌ ‌protocols‌ ‌–‌ ‌should‌ ‌not‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌named‌ ‌this‌ ‌way.‌ ‌Even‌ ‌so,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌well‌ ‌past‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌change‌ ‌them.‌ ‌Any‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌individuals‌ ‌and‌ ‌organizations‌ ‌have‌ ‌already‌ ‌adopted‌ ‌alternative‌ ‌nomenclature,‌ ‌but‌ ‌we‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌community‌ ‌have‌ ‌thus‌ ‌far‌ ‌failed‌ ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌the‌ ‌collective‌ ‌action‌ ‌necessary‌ ‌to‌ ‌establish‌ ‌a‌ ‌new‌ ‌convention‌ ‌and‌ ‌eliminate‌ ‌these‌ ‌legacy‌ ‌names‌ ‌from‌ ‌common‌ ‌use.‌ ‌ ‌

Effective‌ ‌immediately,‌ ‌we‌ ‌call‌ ‌upon‌ ‌hardware‌ ‌and‌ ‌software‌ ‌developers‌ ‌to‌ ‌fully‌ ‌and‌ ‌widely‌ ‌adopt‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌Resolution‌ ‌to‌ ‌Redefine‌ ‌SPI‌ ‌Pin‌ ‌Names‌.‌ ‌While‌ ‌acknowledging‌ ‌that‌ ‌change‌ ‌has‌ ‌its‌ ‌costs,‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌no‌ ‌excuse‌ ‌for‌ ‌any‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌community‌ ‌or‌ ‌industries‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌reference‌ ‌“Master”‌ ‌and‌ ‌“Slave”‌ ‌as‌ ‌technical‌ ‌terms‌ ‌going‌ ‌forward.‌ ‌We‌ ‌will‌ ‌continue‌ ‌to‌ ‌work‌ ‌on‌ ‌other‌ ‌standards.‌ ‌ ‌

‌The‌ ‌Open‌ ‌Source‌ ‌movement‌ ‌must‌ ‌be‌ ‌built‌ ‌on‌ ‌inclusion,‌ ‌not‌ ‌exclusion.‌ ‌Dismantling‌ ‌systems‌ ‌of‌ ‌oppression‌ ‌require‌ ‌conscious,‌ ‌coordinated,‌ ‌and‌ ‌sustained‌ ‌effort.‌ ‌Although‌ ‌removing‌ ‌racist‌ ‌terms‌ ‌from‌ ‌hardware‌ ‌standards‌ ‌is‌ ‌important,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌obviously‌ ‌only‌ ‌a‌ ‌small‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌work‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌done.‌ ‌We‌ ‌call‌ ‌on‌ ‌our‌ ‌community‌ ‌to‌ ‌bring‌ ‌to‌ ‌light‌ ‌and‌ ‌help‌ ‌us‌ ‌address‌ ‌and‌ ‌remove‌ ‌other‌ ‌sources‌ ‌of‌ ‌systemic‌ ‌oppression‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌open‌ ‌hardware‌ ‌and‌ ‌technology‌ ‌communities‌ ‌we’ve‌ ‌helped‌ ‌build‌ ‌and‌ ‌sustain.‌ ‌ ‌

Read the full Resolution

The‌ ‌Open‌ ‌Source‌ ‌Hardware‌ ‌Association‌ ‌

Comments are off for this post.

Black Lives Matter.

Image: Public Domain  Credit: Black Lives Matter Organization

Black Lives Matter. Ending systemic racism matters.

It’s no secret that the entire tech industry, open hardware included, has had a long standing shortfall in diversity. There are many people who have studied and shared stories about being Black in tech. With the recent events bringing systemic racism to the forefront in America, each industry should be doing some massive soul searching, figuring out ways in which their industry can better themselves and be more inclusive. 

Open source culture has been problematic for minorities as long as it has been around. The Open Hardware Movement was acutely aware of this issue when we became a formal organization and baked diversity into our mission at OSHWA. Here are the steps that OSHWA takes to embrace diversity at our annual Open Hardware Summit.  We urge other organizations to take similar actions:

  • All of our Summits since 2013 have had a Code of Conduct – with a reporting mechanism – to provide a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. 

  • Since 2013, OSHWA has provided travel grants to our Summit for minority participation through the Ada Lovelace Fellowship. These grants were initially created for women, but opened up to all minorities in our community a few years back. Each year, one third of our entire Summit budget goes to bringing minorities to the Open Hardware Summit. This allows about 10 participants to travel to and attend the Summit who otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

  • We invite 25% of our speakers each year to ensure diversity on a number of levels. The other 75% of speakers go through a self-nomination and review process. We review this process every year, and began taking steps in March to further improve its ability to identify a diverse group of speakers for the 2021 Summit.

We recognize these are small steps. As a community, we can agree the bare minimum is listening to minority groups and believing them. We can do more. Take action. Act as an ally. Donate to organizations that support Black/BIPOC priorities. Amplify the voices of Black people in tech. Invite people from historically excluded groups to talk about their research and careers and compensate them fairly for their time and effort. Include and recognize the importance of historically excluded people and their perspectives at every level of the research and development process for technology projects. Stop the usage of racist and oppressive terminology. Educate yourself on how to talk about race. Ijeoma Oluo has a book entitled So You Want to Talk About Race and Jay Smooth has some excellent videos on talking about race.

We hope that the open hardware community joins us to take this opportunity to reflect on the current state of our community, and to continue acting to make open source hardware a welcoming space for everyone.