Becky Stern of Adafruit speaking this year!

by Zachary Menegakis on August 29, 2014

Becky Stern is a firewalker! She created the Firewalker LED Sneakers, which use wearable sensors to make a light show as you walk. As Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit in New York City, Becky blends art, technology and traditional crafts like knitting and jewelry-making for a living. Her work focuses on using open source hardware and code libraries to teach the community how to utilize conductive textiles and other nontraditional circuit materials in their projects. She teaches Wearable Electronics on Wednesdays on the Adafruit YouTube Channel.


Becky believes that open source will have a huge impact on the fashion industry. According to her, “Fashion already has a rich culture of copying and riffing, and I believe open source modules with great documentation can be used by fashion designers and be more easily adopted and built on top of than proprietary sensor modules.”

Level up and listen to Becky Stern this year at the Open Hardware Summit! Tickets available here.


Eric Pan of Seeed Studio is a featured speaker this year!

by Zachary Menegakis on August 22, 2014

Imagine making Forbes China’s 30 Under 30 List by making wishes come true. That’s what Eric Pan does for the maker community as the founder of Seeed Studio, an open source hardware facilitator in Shenzhen. As part of the Seeed Studio community, users submit their desires for electronics components and other members help discuss and create them.

Eric made a name for himself as a leading figure in quick-turn prototyping and small order manufacturing in China. He’ll be a featured speaker at the Summit, talking about this year’s theme “From Open Making to Open Manufacturing”. On this topic, Eric says, “It’s a great and unavoidable topic, especially now that manufacturing becomes a major obstacle for hardware innovations…Hope this year’s conversation would unite open hardware believers on shareable resources.”


Eric believes that a wider adoption of Open Source Hardware would make engineering knowledge and supply chain experiences easily accessible to the public, thereby helping non-professionals use technology for their applications in a much more agile manner.

Learn more about the latest in manufacturing open source hardware at the Summit and come hear Eric speak! Get your tickets here.


OpenROV’s David Lang to speak at OHS!

by Zachary Menegakis on August 15, 2014

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!


Annual Open Hardware Ada Fellowship – Call is Open!!

August 7, 2014

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 […]

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Day 2 Tickets are Open!

August 7, 2014

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 […]

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What’s happening in Rome..

August 4, 2014

The 2014 Open Hardware Summit is, for the first time ever, a two day event featuring speakers, keynotes, and workshops centred on the topic of the Open Source movement! This is the fifth year of the Summit and the first time it will be held outside the USA. What does that mean for attendees? You […]

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Tickets are Open!

July 16, 2014

Tickets for this years OHS in Rome are now available and online!  

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Speakers announced

June 21, 2014

The review panel has passed along the accepted speakers and I am thrilled at their selection. We have a great range of interest which will be represented at this years open hardware summit! Jump over to the speaker page to get a peak at the line up! In addition, many of you have reached out […]

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Call for Submissions (CLOSED)

May 25, 2014

The call for submissions for  talks and workshops for this years OHS has been extended until Friday, May 30th at 12pm EST. The call for Submissions is now closed. Notifications will happen in early June. [International or Domestic] Airfare will be included in the acceptance notification if your talk is selected for this years Summit. […]

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Initial Speakers and Theme Announced!

May 18, 2014

We are excited to be able to leak some of the speakers who will be at speaking and offering workshops at this years Open Hardware Summit.         In addition, the concept of this years Summit is “From Open Making to Open Manufacturing” What does that mean? Our focus and goal is to […]

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