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.
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.
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!