I am excited to share that I am joining the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) board! Here is some quick background information on OSHWA and my initial response to joining.
As defined by OSHWA, Open Source Hardware is “hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design.” Examples range from microcontrollers and 3D printers to brain computer interfaces and 360-degree video recording equipment.
Source: “Arduino” © 2008 Lorenzo shared under CC BY 2.0.
New and existing Open Source Hardware companies, and projects within companies, are thriving. Users in businesses, schools, libraries, and homes are increasingly seeking hardware that respects their freedom and privacy.
As a not-for-profit organization, OSHWA plays an important role serving the public in this ecosystem. OSHWA does this by organizing events, educating, formalizing shared values and principles, facilitating adoption, and collecting, compiling, and publishing data on Open Source Hardware.
In joining the board, I hope to help: expand the organization’s use of Free and Open Source technology and culture, execute ongoing and new projects, and increase practical resources made available for OSHWA’s corporate members.
On a personal level, Open Hardware Summit is one of my favorite events of the year because of the great people in this community. I am excited to spend more time getting to know people and serving alongside the board.
OSHWA will be busy with the new Open Source Hardware Certificate, Open Hardware Summit 2017, and more, so keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, watch my talk on Libre Marketing at Open Hardware Summit 2016. Learn more about OSHWA by visiting: https://oshwa.org/