Open Source Hardware enthusiasts will have a home soon. A large team of Open Source Hardware activists just announced the creation of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), a non-profit dedicated to:
(1) Educate individuals and the general public about Open Source Hardware
(2) Organize the Open Source Hardware movement around shared values and principles.
(3) Provide information and advice on best practices and standards for Open Source
(4) Encourage collaborative learning, knowledge exchange, and social cohesion through
conferences and other events focused on Open Source Hardware.
(5) Promote the use and development of Open Source Hardware, including to encourage
educational and economic development.
(6) Collect, compile and publish data on the Open Source Hardware movement.
(7) Conduct any and all lawful activities which may be useful in accomplishing the
The first board members have already been announced:
- Alicia Gibb, co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit and former employee of Bug Labs;
- Nathan Seidle, founder and CEO of SparkFun Electronics;
- Windell Oskay, co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories;
- Danese Cooper, a long-time advocate of open-source;
- Wendy Seltzer, a lawyer and expert in free software and free speech;
- Catarina Mota, PhD researcher and co-organizer of this year’s Open Hardware Summit.
The full list of passionate Open Source Hardware advocates behind the project is presented on the OSHWA website.
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I’m pretty excited by this move and hope that MakingSociety will be part of the association very soon!
Resource: OSHWA website