OSHWA 2017-2019 Board Nominations Open!

OSHWA is looking for 3 new faces to join the board of directors for the Open Source Hardware Association. The nominee form is for self-nominations only. Please fill out the nominee form (deactivated October 14) 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 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 meet current board members who are present at the Summit on Oct. 5th to ask questions or submit questions to info@oshwa.org. Nominations will be open until Oct. 12th.

Member voting will take place Oct. 14-21. Want to vote in the election? Become a member! Please note that only individuals can vote, corporate members cannot.


Open Hardware Summit 2017 Hotel Rooms and post-summit events

We are only a few months out from this years OHSummit! This year we will be hosting the annual gathering in the Rocky Mountain region in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Denver is home to several startups and projects built around the open source ethos with a thriving community to support the movement. If you are interested in finding out more about some of the local open source culture, be sure to check out the new events page here!

We are excited to announce that ART Hotel, adjacent to this year’s venue, is working with us to provide discounted rates for their rooms! Find out more information here.

Don’t forget there are still tickets and sponsorship places available as well!

Hope to see everyone in Denver!

OSHWA Keynote at the Red Hat Summit

Open Source Stories invited  Alicia Gibb,  Executive Director of the Open Source Hardware Association to give a keynote presentation at the Red Hat Summit in Boston last week.

Alicia Gibb’s keynote The Physical Future of Open Source

Gibb’s talk was entitled ‘The Physical Future of Open Source’. The talk was a primer on Open Source Hardware and the future possibilities of communities working together. In her talk, she said: “The more we band together, the more the world becomes open source. If we dream of an Open source world, the world includes physical products. We need to be thinking more holistically. ”

Alicia Gibb talks open source hardware

“For this open source future to happen, combining open software and open hardware, we need help from all communities asking themselves is there an open source alternative out there? when wen working on projects”, said Gibb.

Gibb talked about suspending reality and the future of open source hardware

Gibb talked about “atoms vs. bits” and the difference included in source from hardware to software: “Currently the open source hardware community doesn’t include the atomic layer in their source, for example where the copper comes from. When we talk about the source of hardware, we suspend reality a bit to include the important parts of the source to recreate the hardware, but raw materials are not considered something worth listing by the open hardware community at this point.”

She spoke about the future of open source hardware. “With more research, 3D printers could print entire components, or turn into desktop chip fabs – if people can create chips at home, they will share files and the IC industry will need to open source chips to stay relevant, whereas currently almost all ICs are closed.”

OSHWA is grateful for the opportunity to spread the word that open source hardware has a definition, a certification mark, and open hardware options exist in the world.

Ada Lovelace Fellowship Applications Now Open

The Ada Lovelace Fellowship encourages women, LGBTA+, and/or other minorities in the open technology movement to both participate and nurture an incredible, diverse community within open source.

For the fifth year running, we are ecstatic to offer TEN (10) Open Hardware Fellowships to members of the community. This includes travel assistance and entrance to the 2017 open Hardware Summit!

We are at an exciting point in time for open source and hope to encourage everyone, no matter their walk in life, to embrace and participate in this incredible movement!

Announcing the 2017 Open Hardware Summit!


The Open Source Hardware Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is excited to announce the 2017 Open Hardware Summit taking place October 5th, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. This is the annual gathering of the OSHWA organization and open hardware community. Through the Open Hardware Summit, we aim to create an inclusive welcoming environment to empower people in all stages of discovering open source technology.

The Open Hardware Summit is where anyone and everyone can participate and collaborate in the open source community!

Don’t forget to check your email for your 10% discount if you have a general membership or above at OSHWA!
Considering Sponsoring this year?

At this time we are opening the call for companies or individuals interested in sponsoring this year’s summit. More information can be found here.

For the fifth year running, we are ecstatic to offer up TEN (10) Open Hardware Fellowships to members of the community. This includes travel assistance and entrance to the 2017 open Hardware Summit!

The Ada Lovelace Fellowship encourages women, LGBTA+, and/or other minorities in the open technology movement to both participate and nurture an incredible, diverse community within open source.
Looking for other ways to are other options to support and participate in the movement? You can help by:
  • Sharing information on individual and corporate memberships with friends and colleagues
  • Using our guidelines to certify projects or products as a form of standardized open hardware
  • Participating on social media outlets (like Twitter and Facebook) to keep the conversation going and spread news of the summit
  • Last, but far from least, donating to our 501(c)3 (be sure to remember that some companies match gift amounts their employees make to a non-profit! This doubles the distance that gifts will go!!)

The OSHWA Forums: Now Powered by Discourse

We are very pleased to announce that our new community forums are up and running. The discussion forums are powered by Discourse, which is easy to use, easy to maintain, and open source.

Among other new features, Discourse offers the ability to follow and reply to topics via email. This was one of the biggest reasons we decided to migrate our forums from their old home on bbPress. We’re hoping this will breathe some life into what has otherwise been an admittedly dormant part of the site.

All of the topics, replies, and user accounts have been imported from bbPress, but you’ll need to reset your password in order to log in on the new system.

Hope to see you there!

Open Source Hardware Certification IDs Are Live!

Last month at the Open Hardware Summit we announced the start of the OSHWA open source hardware certification program.  Part of that program involved issuing unique IDs (UIDs) for each piece of registered hardware.  Since we knew that low numbers would be hot properties, we decided to wait until the end of October to assign them.  That allowed us to give every piece of hardware registered in the month of October a chance for the lowest possible number.

Today, thanks to the good people at random.org, we have assigned those UIDs to all pieces of hardware registered before the end of October.  We have also started assigning numbers sequentially for all pieces of hardware registered since November started.  You can see all of the registered hardware  here.

There were 60 different projects registered from 9 different countries.  Want to get your own UID?  Register here!

Congrats 2016-2018 Board Members!

Thank you to our members who voted for OSHWA’s new board members! Your vote is a major contribution as we need to reach quorum (at least 10% of our members) to make anything official in OSHWA. This year, we filled 5 board member seats which will be held for 2 years. For the first time ever, we had a tie for the 5th board position between Abhishek Narula and Luis Rodriguez. The board decided to make the decision through a coin flip and create an honorary position for the other person.

Please welcome our new board members Nadya Peek, Harris Kenny, Michael Weinberg, Matthias Tarasiewicz, Luis Rodriguez, and honorary member Abhishek Narula!


Thank you to all who participated in nominations!

2nd Open Source Hardware Encounter El Salvador

2nd Open Hardware Encounter El SalvadorLast October 8th we had the chance to share with our community some of the projects and advances made by our community during the 2nd Open Source Hardware Encounter, held in San Salvador, El Salvador. Our first event was organized by our promoter team in 2013, which gave way to the development of the community and its affiliation as an OSHWA Branch since February 2016. Since its beginning, the community has grown and participates mostly through local events organized in El Salvador, and social media. The event took place at the Francisco Gavidia University in San Salvador and brought local designers and enthusiasts. We also had the great pleasure of inviting the members of Southmade, the Open Hardware Community in Ecuador as part of the exchange that we have generated as the first international branches of the Open Hardware Association in the region.



We’ll post talks of the event on our YouTube channel soon!

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2016-2018 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 community, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. As every nominee answered “Yes” to having 5 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. 16th through Oct 18th. Since the post is so long, here is also a .pdf spreadsheet of the nominees. Members will be emailed a link to vote. Here are the nominees in alphabetical order:

Harris Kenny                                                                                                                  

Why do you want to be on the board?

I believe in technology and culture that respect user freedom. I believe in what OSHWA is doing to advance these values, and that I could contribute a board member. As a board member, I would work to both execute current projects (e.g. OH Summit, certification) and also bring new ideas to help improve and grow OSHWA.

First, I believe there is room to expand OSHWA’s use of Free and Open Source tools in its operations as an organization. I feel I could most effectively advocate and implement this on the board, by both contributing and helping channel organizational and community resources to get it done. I personally use GNU/Linux and Free Software and would enjoy expanding the use of these tools by OSHWA.

I believe there is an opportunity to expand the resources OSHWA makes available to corporate members to help them grow their companies. For example, I recently started participating in the Open Source Design community and see great opportunities to share knowledge from groups like this and offer their expertise to OSHWA corporate members.

Finally, there a growing number of hardware companies being started thanks to 3D printing, however they are unfamiliar with Open Source Hardware. My work in the 3D printing industry and position on the board would help me advocate Open Hardware to those companies and (hopefully) increase their participation in the new OSHWA certification program.

It would be a privilege to join the OSHWA board. Thank you for your consideration!

What qualifies you to be a board member?

I am firmly committed to Open Source Hardware, Free Software, and Libre Innovation. I would bring this perspective to the board, continuing the progress OSHWA has made since its founding. I also believe my professional and educational experience are qualifications that make me a good fit for the board.

Professionally, I have demonstrated my commitment to Open Source Hardware during my nearly three years at Aleph Objects, Inc., a Free Software, Libre Innovation, and Open Source Hardware company and maker of the LulzBot line of desktop 3D printers. As Vice President of Marketing, I have had the privilege to help build the company as the 17th hire and first full time marketing hire, up to 140 employees (and growing!) today.

I am about to complete a MBA from the University of Denver. This education and my past professional experience in management and ERP consulting enable me to bring business insights to both help run OSHWA as an organization and help understand the needs of its corporate members.

Through my MBA, I have experience consulting with an organization that has a working board like OSHWA. I know how important it is for the board get things done to serve its members and grow the community. I recognize that joining the OSHWA board will mean work, and I welcome that.

Overall, I encourage members to consider commitment to Open Source Hardware as the most important qualification for the board. While I do have this, there are many others in the community who share these values and I would be proud to support them on the board if I am not selected.

Luka Mustafa                                                                                                                 


To contribute towards making open hardware the de-facto way in the field of technology and thus cultivate the global development bringing together the best of many awesome technical developments that exist today. I believe we should collectively move towards transferring the success of open hardware for the maker movement into industry and everyday products we use. Open hardware is now in the position to significantly change they way we think about technology though four key topics: Open is Future-proof, enabling modification and upgrades of products, extending the lifespan of devices and making them more suitable for a larger number of users and empower them to be a part of the product more then from the passive user perspective. Open enables Collaborative-design, thus fundamentally shifting the manufacturer/user dynamics from one way communication to a joint effort to create the best solution. Open drives Fair-production on a significantly more fundamental level then simple transparency that is already becoming a norm, gaining trust of users though sharing the information and thus bear the collective responsibility of all technology users. Open means Total-ownership, contrasting a number of recent bad practices in industry where users are merely leasing the devices from the manufacturer cloaked under the normal sale and directly prohibiting the right to fix and modify for personal use. I wish to be on the board to drive the discussion on moving forward with open hardware outside the scope of maker movement and applying it to a larger number of products in our life.


The past 5 years I have dedicated to exploring open hardware from a number of different perspectives and projects and am currently a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and the founder of Institute IRNAS Race based in Slovenia, Europe dedicated to applying scientific advances to practice though open hardware. I have initiated the development of open source wireless optical communication system http://koruza.net that enables 1Gbps/10Gbps connectivity with light between buildings, set the development direction for http://goodenoughcnc.eu project to create affordable and self-replicating CNC machines on a global scale as well as a number of more scientifically oriented projects ranging for Symbiolab open hardware biolaboratory, a more recent development Vitaprint 3D printer for bio applications. I have been speaking at a number of scientific and open hardware events and evaluate the use of open hardware though my projects not only from the technical but also economical and legal perspectives. As well I am active in the Community wireless networking field though project http://wlan-si.net and have organized one edition of the largest annual event in this field, the Battlemesh V8 conference. My CV can be found on the following link: http://irnas.eu/team

Abhishek Narula                                                                                                               


An artist engineer and an engineer artist, I am interested in exploring the space created between the intersection of art and technology. I use open source technology as a way of setting a critical lens on technological innovation. Through this I try to show how we interact with technology and also how we interact with each other. Being on the board will allow me to further explore these issues with the community at large. I also want to create an active community that uses technology as a medium for creative expressions and the arts. Being on the OSHWA will help me with this objective.


In our current situation, we are faced with many problems that pertain to the environment, education, societal justice etc. and the only way to address these is through collaborative communities. These communities can only be effective if they have access to free and unabridged information. Any systems and processes that hinder such conditions are not only anti-humanity, but in my humble opinion should be confronted, criticized and defeated with all our fervor. My background in electrical engineering, art and business give me the skills to contribute to the sustainability of the open source hardware community. A big part of my practice is based around community engagement, especially around the tools that I build and use. If elected on the board, I will be able to leverage this to further advance the objectives of OHSWA.

Nadya Peek                                                                                                              


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. The Internet is a previous example of a successful infrastructure (providing a platform for applications such as the world wide web, email, or VOIP). Crucially, internet standards were open, free, and iteratively created by a community of practitioners. I believe Open Source Hardware can (and sometimes already does) fulfill similar infrastructural needs. Especially with excitement and progress around internet of things, self-driving cars, data-driven insights, robotics, or digital fabrication, I believe it is crucial to create, maintain, and improve free and open standards and to prevent walled gardens or silos of technology. Maker culture champions broader-base participation in technology, and I want to work on making sure that participation makes real lasting changes. I would like to serve on the board of the Open Hardware Association as I believe it to be an organisation uniquely focussed on developing, discussing, and disseminating open standards for technology.


I have been actively developing open source hardware for the past decade. I develop open-source fabrication technology under the Machines that Make project, and develop open-source machine controls and software at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. I have worked on many engineering teams including for aerospace, manufacturing, medical devices, and architectural applications. I have helped set up more than 50 Fablabs and makerspaces throughout the world, giving me ample experience with how many different kinds of people interact with many different kinds of technology. I am one of the organisers of the annual global Fablab conference and am familiar with event planning and fund raising. I am an advisor to the Fab Foundation (a non-profit that globally facilitates fab labs), a judge for Hackaday’s prize, and on the editorial board of HardwareX, Elsevier’s open access journal focussed on open hardware. I have spoken about hardware and manufacturing on many occasions including at the White House, Solidcon, HOPE, and Chaos Computer Club Congress. I have a PhD from MIT and am in a band called Construction.

Luis Rodriguez                                                                                                              


I see the open source hardware movement as a complete necessity for the future of the overall Free and Open Source movement. There are two key principles I’d like to ensure our community understands, 1) Open Hardware development is a key requirement to the success of the open source community 2) Open Hardware development is very likely where the best evolutionary methodology for the combination of best hardware and software will come about.

I’d like to help connect the open hardware community with FOSS projects and ensure nothing stands in between the two.

I have written about this here:



I’ve been working on the Linux kernel community for over 10 years now and have been in the trenches on dealing with companies addressing all regulatory concerns to support 802.11 drivers openly without firmware, and when firmware was required convinced companies to release firmware as open source. 802.11 was one of the last frontiers for getting proper support from vendors upstream on Linux, the experience gained in successfully addressing both legal challenges and Fear Uncertainty and Doubt in the industry over FOSS with wireless technologies should prove useful for helping the open hardware movement when faced with similar problems in the future with newer technologies.

I have also previously worked for a large non-fab silicon company, and have seen the issues we face in the community with both a largely patent encumbered world, and the limitations this imposes in our ecosystem.

I’d like to proactively help the open hardware movement by doing R&D in forecasting and addressing possible issues before they come up and connecting communities in the collaborative world as best as possible.

J. Simmons                                                                                                                 


TL;DR – I think it is the right thing to do…

In 2009 I founded Mach 30 with a group of like minded individuals in order to develop open source spaceflight hardware. From the outset, I was on the lookout for others developing open source hardware of any kind so we could support each other under the belief that a rising tide helps all ships.

The moment I heard about the first Open Hardware Summit I made sure Mach 30 sent representatives so we could begin to connect with the larger OSHW community (we have been at every OHS since, except Rome). Later, when the OSHW movement’s leaders started work to form OSHWA, I shared Mach 30’s public documentation on our experience incorporating as a 501c3 public charity in the hopes that OSHWA could benefit from the lessons we learned when we incorporated.

And, now, I feel it is time to make the next step in showing my support for the OSHW community by stepping up to becoming a member of the board of directors.


I have been involved in non-profits for the majority of my life. I spent much of my school age years volunteering in community theaters, taking on roles on and off stage. I then went and got my undergraduate degree in technical theatre, which included courses in theatre (read non-profit) management. I applied all of these experiences to volunteer work in theatre until 2006.

Since 2009, I have been the president of Mach 30 (mach30.org), a non-profit dedicated to developing open source spaceflight hardware. As the president of Mach 30, I have run well over 100 business meetings (documenting these meetings with the same care we document our OSHW projects), worked on projects ranging from distributed Yuri’s Night celebrations (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4TLxWVTIgM) to the development of OSHW projects like a rocket test stand (https://opendesignengine.net/projects/shepard-ts), and presented about OSHW at multiple Open Hardware Summits. You will also find some of my writing about OSHW documentation practices in Alicia Gibb’s book “Building Open Source Hardware”.

Matthias Tarasiewicz (parasew)                                                                                      


I want to work on communicating Open Hardware to non-engineers and work on cultural aspects of Open Hardware communities, such as we did in our recent Book “Openism – Conversations in Open Hardware”. I want to contribute with our institute (RIAT) which is located in Vienna, Austria. I can help to organise and communicate European issues and be a contact point for European initiatives.


I am active in communicating Open Source Hardware and Open Source in general since more than 10 years. I am publishing books and articles about open culture and i am located in Europe, which would make me an ideal board member for European issues. I was the coordinator for the European Union project “AXIOM”, the first Open Hardware professional cinema camera and i am still very active in this project, so i know about the issues and challenges of Open Hardware design/development/distribution/fundraising, etc.

Michael Weinberg                                                                                                             


To continue working on the OSHWA open source hardware certification.


“Qualifies” may be a strong word, but I have been on the board for the last two years and OSHWA hasn’t caught on fire. I’ve also done some of the work on the new open source hardware certification. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll probably keep doing that even if I’m not on the board.


Become an OSHWA member today to vote on nominees!