David Lang changed underwater exploration forever with his hugely successful OpenROV kickstarter. OpenROV is an open source, low-cost submersible robot used by hobbyists and educators around the world. It’s also a growing DIY community of both amateur and professional ROV builders and operators from over 50 countries with a passion for exploring the deep.
Now David’s working on an amazing new project called OpenExplorer, which is a way to collaborate on and share adventure and exploration. As David describes it, he’s “focusing on the way that open source methodologies can change and improve science and exploration. The costs of the tools have dropped dramatically, so now it’s time to try new models that allow people to work in public, and collaborate with others in an open manner.”
David will be speaking at this year’s Open Hardware Summit about these projects and about what excites him most about the future of Open Source Hardware.
It’s not too late to get tickets and come see David speak!
The Open Hardware Summit will take place on September 30th and October 1, 2014 in Rome as part of their Innovation Week. This is the first time the summit will take place outside of the US.
For the second year in the row, the Summit team is excited to offer up to five Open Hardware Fellowships which include a $1000 travel stipend and an evening out with select speakers and chairs of the Open Hardware Summit for woman and/or significantly female-identified members of the open source community.
The application can be filled out here. The Deadline to Apply is August 14th by 12pm EST, notifications will be sent out by August 18th.
The Ada Initiative, an organization supporting women in open tech and culture, will assist us with the selection process. By offering travel assistance again this year, the Open Source Hardware Association hopes we as a community can encourage more women to participate in future years of the Open Hardware Summit. We have many strong women leaders and speakers in our field and we personally want to continue the trend upward.
This is a crucial time in open source where we have the opportunity to shape the future of the whole field together. We invite you to contact us about sponsoring the scholarships. We are just on the edge of what is possible, Let’s do this!
See you in Rome,
Addie Wagenknecht / @wheresaddie + Alicia Gibb / @pipx and all the women of the open hardware association / @ohsummit
The tickets for this years Open Hardware Summit are now Open! This includes DAY 2, on Oct. 1, 2014. This day will hold an ‘unconference’, office hours with speakers, and workshops on a first come, first serve basis to those holding a ticket! Tickets for Day 2 are extremely limited, and free!
In addition, we are seeking financial support to once again fund travel for women who otherwise would not be able to join us for the Summit. OSHWA is committed to this initiative, and we have had great success with this in past years! Once again we will work with the Ada Initiative to choose participants, and ensure that women are well represented at the Summit. If you wish to support, learn more about how to support Women in Open Source.