2022-2023 OHCA Reflection and Enabling Practices

Thanks to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, OSHWA took a giant step toward expanding open source hardware in academia with our new Open Hardware Creators in Academia Fellowship. We look forward to expanding future cohorts and the guides or playbooks they will create to advance open hardware within academia.

We released our cohort’s Enabling Practices document, which contains several links and checklists inside the document itself. While creating this document through the lens of shared ‘Best Practices’, the cohort quickly recognized that their University structures, even limited to an American cohort, were so vastly different, that one set of best practices would not suffice. Some academics owned their research and others did not, some had a form of Tech Transfer Office and others did not, many spanned the landscape of positions one could hold at a University. Some had their Dean’s support in open hardware and others did not. Depending on these differences, “best” practices varied drastically.  Some enabling practices may not be a one-size fits all solution, but our fellows and the universities they navigate represent a broad spectrum of American universities. We shifted the terminology to enabling practices to encompass more types of universities, where “best” would imply that one university type would be prioritized with which practices work in that system.

The main take away from these sessions collectively was that there is a difference between the creation of open hardware and the advocacy for open hardware to have a place in academia. These roles took different skill sets to move forward, different verbiage, and worked toward different outputs. These conversations were merely a starting point. There is much discussion over time needed to truly force change for higher education to default to open hardware.

We compiled a list of links and resources this Fellowship created, with newly added cohort documents. There are still several fellows waiting for Journal publication dates as well, so check back for new resources!

Cohort documents:

2023 Open Hardware Summit Talks:

Individual Fellow Outputs:

2023 Year End Letter

Thank you to each and every one of you for making the decision to share your designs, and be a part of the open hardware ecosystem. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to open source hardware. OSHWA relies on donations from our community to run our organization and push open hardware forward.

2023 brought the in person aspect back to our Open Hardware Summit in NYC, and as always, is still viewable online. Our 2024 Summit will be in Montreal, with talks at Concordia University on May 3 & 4, 2024 with our workshop day on the 4th hosted by lespacemakers! October was Open Hardware Month, we had 1,000 views on our video series for certification, and over 70 new certifications. We have a new shiny logo, which is the first step in our entire website redesign process. Our website redesign will roll out in 2024.

This year we have been collaborating on a policy sprint through the Wilson Center and Federation of American Scientists asking the USPTO to search the OSHWA Certification database for prior art. We also joined forces with GOSH and IOP to cross-post announcements on all of our forums. 

This past year has been an enormous lift for us, as our first round of academic grantees comes to an end. We have published their work on our newly minted Open Hardware Creators in Academia (OHCA) webpage, and there’s more to come including a collaborative document of Enabling Practices for Open Hardware in Academia. The Sloan Foundation has called this program a wild success. We’ll be looking for more funders to enhance Sloan’s support for another round in 2024. If you or someone you know is interested in funding a fellow at the $50,000 level, please email alicia@oshwa.

OSHWA published a new licensing guide for open hardware on our website, to incorporate CERN’s v2 OHL. And speaking of CERN, our Executive Director, Alicia Seidle, was honored to be a keynote speaker at CERN’s inaugural event officially opening their Open Source Program Office (OSPO). 

If you would like to support initiatives like these and vote on who is on the OSHWA board, please consider getting an OSHWA membership. We have a wide range of membership levels, from a discounted level to a lifetime membership. Membership not for you? That’s ok! We also welcome, and greatly appreciate, donations and Open Hardware Summit sponsorships

In addition, OSHWA is looking for grants or donations of $25,000 in support of broadening our Summit Fellowships, and impacting more fellows. If you are interested in giving that level of support, please contact alicia@oshwa.org.

Thank you.

This Giving Tuesday support OSHWA

It’s Giving Tuesday! As a non-profit, OSHWA relies on individual donations to run our organization and push open hardware forward. Donations run our programs, such as the OSHWA Certification, Open Hardware Month in October, the Open Hardware Summit, builds out our resources for the community, contributes to a new website for OSHWA, and keeps our lights on! There are many ways to give, through general donations, membership or sponsorship. We have over 2500 certifications, and that doesn’t cover our entire community, if every person who certified gave $20 for each certification, that would be $50,000 for OSHWA. We appreciate every donation, large or small. If you need to talk to someone about your donation please email: info@oshwa.org

Please include OSHWA in your giving plans this season: https://oshwa.org/donate/

2023-2025 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 OSHWA member 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. Please find details of our election process here.

The vote will be open on Oct. 17th-23rd. Members will be emailed a link to vote. Here are the nominees in no particular order:

Nadya Peek

Why do you want to be on the board?

I strongly believe in creating and maintaining technology that supports personal agency. To this end, I support the development and maintenance of tailorable, reusable, modular, extensible, and accessible technologies. I support the use of this technology for any (unintended) purpose; I believe that robust technological infrastructure is critical for supporting a diversity of ideas and applications. Open Source Hardware plays a crucial supporting role in working towards these goals by establishing and advocating for best practices around sharing, documentation, and collaboration. I would like to serve on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, as I believe it to be an organization uniquely suited to advancing open standards for technology design, manufacturing, use, and dissemination.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I am running for re-election to the OSHWA board, where I have served several terms. I have been an active open source hardware developer for almost two decades! I develop open-source hardware machines, controllers, and software in my group Machine Agency at the University of Washington. 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 helped organize the OSH summit many times and love the community we bring together there. 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 engineering professor 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 to policy making efforts that can further goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In these actions, I bring my experience in hardware communities outside of the global north and leverage my position of privilege and power as a professor at a public US university to bring about change. I value and support the past inclusion efforts of OSHWA such as the Ada Lovelace fellowship, and would work to further them were I to be elected to the board.

Wendy Ju

Why do you want to be on the board?

I have found it very fulfilling to be an OSHWA board member from 2021-2023. I specifically enjoyed working to help get the Trailblazers program started and helping OSHWA apply for NSF funding from the Platforms for Open Source Ecosystems call. For the coming term, I want to continue to grow the role that OSHWA plays in creative entrepreneurship and to work on initiatives to help open-source solutions that encourage the reuse of e-waste.

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?

The fields of engineering, computer science, and STEM greatly benefit when they draw people from different racial, geographical, and socio-economic backgrounds. Increased access to the tools of production can be transformational to people from underprivileged backgrounds, and so I am committed to break down barriers and address inequity.

Andrew Quitmeyer

Why do you want to be on the board?

I deeply love open culture and find the thought of locking up information from other human beings to be viscerally disgusting. I love building things and documenting them and sharing them back with the world, and have been trying the best I can to help build silly or useful things I can contribute to our collective understanding. I would like to be on the board because I see it as another layer of service I can provide to the Open Source community. My other goal is to continue trying to make connections between the various open source communities I have worked with, and being on the board would help me to better serve as a bridge of information and opportunities between groups.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I served as an inaugural member of the GOSH community council (which seems to be a somewhat analogous position to this like-minded group), and I have been working as a member of GOSH to help host big events like their conference in Panama. I have also been a member for many years now and participated in the voting and discussions when I can. My personal work of creating and sharing stuff, combined with my experience in academia, industry, conservation work, and non-institutional groups gives me a robust background of not only just hardware experience, but also experience in things like finding sponsorship, legal stuff (getting sued for millions by patent trolls), and policy. I have also cultivated a nice network of communities and friends that I proselytize open source hardware to constantly! 🙂

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

My core draw to open source philosophies comes from its ability to disrupt existing power dynamics. I have never been interested in things that are only available to “elite” audiences whether this is certain types of art, hardware, hobbies, etc… Instead, I’ve noticed my joy derives from the liberation of these concepts and activities such that everyone can play.

Thus I take this core belief into my own work on the social side of things as well. There are massive power structures (many visible, but many obscured) that exist in our society to prevent many from getting the opportunities I have been afforded (white, cis, abled, straight-passing guy). I work to channel my energy towards fighting back against these power structures by creating new opportunities for those who would not have been able to receive them. A key reason I quit my job as an academic professor was that I found that despite the significant backing of a large institution and decent salary, very little of these resources were able to get funneled towards people who could actually make use of them. Instead the way things were structured, at the end of the day most of what I was pushing my energy and resources towards was doing more to reinforce the power structures already established. I found I could actually give back more to society making a paltry salary and volunteering 80% of my time towards causes that would be otherwise overlooked.

My goal is to use the privileges I have to identify these power structures and to fight against them, and then in turn put in work to creating paths that support marginalized persons to act and speak as they would like to.

Katherine Scott

Why do you want to be on the board?

I’ve been on the OSHWA board off and on for a number of years; and have served as one of the more active board members. My interest and affiliation with OSHWA started shortly after its inception, and I believe that over the past decade we’ve laid the groundwork necessary to finally become a larger and better funded open source organization. The world, and more importantly larger NGOs and government organizations, have finally become more amenable to open-source philosophy and practice; we’re at a pivotal time for both open source and OSHWA. I would like to continue serving on the board (or as a volunteer) to help see the organization through this period. My professional role, as a developer advocate for the open-source software and hardware project ROS (Robot Operating System) puts me in a unique position of being able to serve both communities and advocate for our shared ambitions for the future.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

In terms of my academic background I hold undergraduate degrees in both computer engineering and electrical engineering, and a masters degree in robotics and computer science. Professionally, I have been an open source contributor and advocate for my entire career. I have co-founded two reasonably successful startups and have worked at a number of others; all at the intersection of hardware and software. Presently, I am a developer advocate at Intrinsic, an Alphabet subsidiary, focused on democratizing robotics. In practice, my job entails acting as the developer advocate for the Open Source Robotics Foundation’s two big open source projects Robot Operating System (ROS) and Gazebo. My practical experience in this role, and in my previous roles, provide me with a deep understanding of how to effectively operate open-source organizations. I am often the board member bringing practical open source community experience to bear at OSHWA. On a daily basis I find myself working with a number of other open source orgs, like the OpenCV foundation and the Drone Code Foundation, and acting as intermediary between the broader open-source community.

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

I take diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice very seriously, and believe that part of OSHWA’s role is to act as a megaphone and stepping stone for marginalized and oppressed communities. I’ve seen first hand how open source can be used to address inequity, highlight the contributions of marginalized groups, and act as a bridge into technology for those from underserved communities. In our previous efforts at OSHWA – from putting together the summit, to distributing grant funds – we’ve made every effort to cultivate the talent of, and represent the important contributions from, marginalized groups and individuals. I hope to continue these efforts, and further expand our practices for years to come.

Ramon Roche – Video Application

Why do you want to be on the board?

I want to continue supporting the aerial robotics industry, by establishing the validity of open hardware.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I’ve been working with Pixhawk for the last 7 years, currently leading the program creating open hardware and open standards for the drone industry.

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

Respect for the rights of others means peace.

Nikolas Kameník

Why do you want to be on the board?

I want to be on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association because I believe in the power of open source to democratize technology and empower people to create and innovate. I have a passion for open source hardware and have been involved in the community for many years. I am also a strong advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and believe that the open source community should be a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone.

The Open Source Hardware Association is a keystone organization that supports and ensures the success of open hardware in academia, industry, and finally – but perhaps most importantly – individual passion projects which have future potential to educate and help others. The association does this by providing resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy for open hardware. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the open hardware movement, and I am committed to working towards that goal.

Seven years ago, I left my career in the space industry as a research analyst, moved to Prague, and have since fully been applying myself to keeping additive manufacturing accessible through open source ideals at Prusa Research. I now am looking to extend my passion beyond 3D printing, into broader domains of open source and apply my experience to help open hardware succeed at every scale of its application.

I am confident that I can make a positive contribution to the Open Source Hardware Association and help to advance the open source hardware movement. Thank you for your consideration.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

Prior to moving to the Czech Republic, I was the Finance Manager of the NewSpace conference, where for three years I helped organize an annual event with 50+ sponsors and several hundreds of attendees. As an appointed advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation I aspired to progress commercial involvement in the space industry, furthering political strategies for the success of the space startup ecosystem.

Shortly after moving to Prague, I was provided an opportunity to help Prusa Research and I have continued to be involved with the company in every way possible. I’m proud to have had a role in the company’s growth from less than 50 to now more than 800 employees and am currently helping lead a team of 73 people. In addition to overseeing the development of several of our internal software systems, I also gather the experiences of our many hundreds of thousands of active users across all channels, present reports to all departments within the company, ensure effective communication, and endeavor to achieve the greatest satisfaction possible for every user of our open source software and hardware.

My previous experience working with a non-profit in the United States and now as a manager in a successful open source hardware company, uniquely positions me to help ensure the integrity and success of the Open Source Hardware Association. I believe that my involvement in the open source community, as well as my skills in management, communication, and advocacy; make me an ideal candidate for the board. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the success of the association and to help advance the open source hardware movement.

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

I believe that the open-source movement should be a beacon of accessibility, welcoming everyone irrespective of their background, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. Simply striving for inclusion is not enough, each individual should also know and feel they are valued. I aspire to speak for underrepresented voices, and wish to help keep open source as a realm that truly embraces the diversity of human experiences, as all should.

Open-mindedness has always been one of the key qualities which I try to apply in every situation. One of my most favorite aspects of my current work is having the opportunity to travel and attend many events every year. I love the openness and inclusivity fostered by everyone at RepRap Festivals, Maker Faires, and other open source events and conferences. I also often attend and support LGBTIQA+ events and charities with my partner.
On social media, I am usually found under the username of nik0tron and my enthusiasm for meeting and talking with people about their passions and projects has no limits. I consider myself to be exceptionally accepting of alternative views, as long has they do not restrict the freedoms, success, or happiness of others.

OSHWA 2023-2025 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. 10) 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 publish the nominees and their answers on Oct 12th. 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 11:59PM ET on Oct. 10th.

Anyone can nominate themselves, and OSHWA is specifically short on the following talents: finance, non-profit governance advisement (think someone who loves reading bylaws), and medical field advisement.

Member voting will take place Oct 17-24th. View our election policy.

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

2023 Open Hardware Summit tickets are live!

Hello wonderful open hardware creators and community members!

We are so excited to formally invite you to the 2023 Open Hardware Summit happening both in-person at NYU School of Law 40 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 United States and online.

You can grab your ticket today on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-hardware-summit-2023-tickets-525062294457

This year we are offering a couple different ticket types including virtual, in-person, with a digital goodie bag (maybe you have enough stuff!!) or a physical goodie bag (maybe you want more stuff!!) as an add-on.

We can’t wait to see you all both on and offline April 28th and 29th.

OSHWA

2022-2024 OSHWA Board 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 OSHWA member 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. Please find details of our election process here.

The vote will be open on Oct. 18th-25th. Members will be emailed a link to vote. Here are the nominees in no particular order:

Harish Kumar K

Why do you want to be on the board?

Technology Delivery to the Needy and Poor

What qualifies you to be a board member?

My Experience and Skills

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

Reach of Technology to All

David Ray

Why do you want to be on the board?

I feel that as a low to medium volume manufacturer that tends to gather the most business from the ElectronicsTwitter community, I may be able to provide a strongly informed opinion on the state of Open Source Hardware from within the entrepreneurial perspective.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

General Manager – Cyber City Circuits

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

If you teach people to make things, they will start to make things. If you want true and organic innovation in a community, teach people to make things.

Thea Flowers

Why do you want to be on the board?

To build a culture of open source hardware in the worlds of music technology and small scale manufacturing.

Music tech has long held its secrets close to the chest, despite the incredible DIY ethic of musicians. I want to encourage and empower DIY designers and builders to share their work as open source so that anyone who wants to create music hardware has the resources to learn, create, and build on decades of experience.

Small scale, distributed manufacturing has become increasingly common in our current world as supply chains and customer expectations shift, however, the process of manufacturing at small scale has not gotten easier. I want to build a community around open source hardware that empowers this kind of manufacturing such as pick and place machines, reflow ovens, and test jigs.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have been involved with the software side of open source for most of my life. I have lead and contributed to multiple high-profile open source software projects. I have been named a Python Software Foundation fellow because of my work in open source.

I have previously been a staff engineer in developer relations at Google. I have over a decade of experience in open source, community organization, and technical writing. My experience as the founder of an open source hardware company brings a personal perspective to the challenges faced by those who wish to build open source hardware in a sustainable way.

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.

Our shared knowledge can not be kept away in universities and wealthy corporations. Our knowledge must be freely available to everyone, especially those who are marginalized.

David Slik

Why do you want to be on the board?

The open source hardware movement, lead by the OSHWA, has a unique opportunity to rapidly grow the availability of open and re-usable hardware designs and knowledge. Together, the community is collectively building a library of open hardware products and hardware building blocks that dramatically reduce the barriers to learning and creating. The OSHWA is uniquely positioned to both promote open source hardware, and to connect and build a community based around learning, sharing and re-use. I would like to contribute through a board position to help build and promote the registry of OSHWA certified hardware, and specifically, to promote the concept of re-usable hardware modules: schematics, PCB layouts and design documentation that can be combined and remixed to rapidly build more complex hardware, similar to how open source libraries accelerate development the software world.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

My qualifications for participating as a board member include over 25 years in the embedded systems, distributed systems, hardware platforms and R&D industries, combined with years of experience creating hardware as a personal hobby. As part of running the research devision of a Fortune 500 company, I also was responsible for community outreach, liaison with universities and researchers, public presentations, and collaborative standards development. I have participated in numerous standards bodies, contributed to multiple ISO standards, and am familiar with the patent process and other intellectual property challenges related to free and open hardware. I am also a senior member of the ACM, and have served as secretary for a volunteer association, so I am familiar with the responsibilities and roles associated with a board position.

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

Any endeavour related to creating and sharing knowledge and creative work is stronger the more diverse it is. Open source hardware grows stronger from a diverse and inclusive community, and open source hardware fosters increased diversity, equity, inclusion and justice by making hardware more approachable, and easier to get started in. By reducing barriers that disproportionately prevent under-represented communities and individuals from becoming involved in hardware, open source hardware is a positive force towards equity and inclusion.

Eugene Pik

Why do you want to be on the board?

Since the beginning of 2021 I worked with OSHWA in regards to the open source hardware project Uniqopter. I met many great individuals who helped me to get up to speed with the open source hardware. Now is my turn to pay back, to help OSHWA.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I have 10 years of a board experience as an executive board member of CSCL (Canadian Society for Creative Leathercraft), an organization founded in Toronto in 1950 to promote the beauty of leather along with excellent craftsmanship and unique design.

As the CEO of Uniqopter I’m responsible to create an open source hardware program that targets to create a full size air ambulance. This is going to be a 1st open source hardware program of that scale. As the OSHWA board member I hope to use Uniqopter to promote the open source hardware movement.

Also I have experience with information technology (software, hardware, programming) and if needed can help in that area.

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

I truly believe that all people are equal independently of their race, language, color of their skin or eyes, their religion or place of birth. As a Jew from USSR I personally experienced bullying, hatred and other forms of unequal behaviour toward different people. One who experienced that on their own skin has better understand of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

Jinger Zeng

Why do you want to be on the board?

To make more impact in the open source hardware community.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

Trailblazer fellowship mentor, ex-hardware entrepreneur, go-to-market strategist for open source hardware, advisor to startups, Techstars Alumni, understand global distribution (currently at Hackster.io, an Avnet company) and manufacturing (worked with various Chinese manufactures in the current and past capacities).

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

As the 1.5 Chinese immigrant from China, I have a big personal curiosity and journey in understanding how tech and cultural background affects human emotions and well-beings. As the tech-savvy, multi-cultural, well-traveled new generation, when I interact with older generations of immigrants (including very biologically closed of my own), when I see their struggles, it often daunt on me on how far we still have to go to make an assertive effort to make everything more inclusive! I have a belief system to work in the direction that drives tech for all, and it’s not only just based on color of our skins or gender type within US or English speaking world, but how it is globally and locally treated and received.

Michael Weinberg

Why do you want to be on the board?

I want to continue to support OSHWA’s goals and community. I’m also excited that OSHWA is now able to support one full time employee, and hope that it is moving towards a place where the organization can support a broader full-time staff. OSHWA is what it is because of volunteers, which is fantastic. That being said, there are many more things that the organization could be doing with more capacity. I also want to keep helping to manage OSHWA’s certification program, which continues to expand and reach more communities.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I’m interested in open source hardware and excited to be part of the community. I’ve been involved with OSHWA for a number of years as a community member, board member, and board president. I’m also the person who oversees OSHWA’s open source hardware certification program.

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

While I try to be supportive of OSHWA’s DEI+J initiatives and welcoming to a diverse set of community members, there is no getting around the fact that I’m a straight white male living in the global north. It would be completely reasonable to not have me on the board in favor of someone who brought a more diverse set of experiences to the position.

Oluwatobi Oyinlola

Why do you want to be on the board?

I would love to continually support OSHWA as a board member, most importantly take open hardware to places that have never been before in Africa. I am super excited about the work we’ve done so far, my potential goal is to keep pushing for open hardware using OSHWA framework worldwide and do more to encourage hardware developers to build open innovations.

What qualifies you to be a board member?

My past experience in the hardware space is always solutions that could contribute to the greater good in an open and inclusive way. I see the positive shift in open hardware, especially in Africa and underserved communities, I am excited to see more of it and I would love to keep pushing the impact beyond border with OSHWA.

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

I am committed to building a sustainable diverse community without any limitations either by gender or the color of their skin.

Craig Polk

Why do you want to be on the board?

Provide help for grant writing. I believe HW should be available and accessible to all

What qualifies you to be a board member?

Have done grant writing for other nonprofits

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

passionate about bringing opportunities to children of all backgrounds to enrich their lives through education