What’s happening in Rome..

by Addie Wagenknecht on 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 have the chance to come to Rome and attend multiple awesome events in the span of a few days,  from 28 September to 5 October for lnnovation Week!

Open Hardware Summit is part of Innovation Week Rome:

9/30 – DAY 1  – Open Hardware Summit Schedule has been recently confirmed and it features several incredible speakers such as Adrian Bowyer (father of RepRap), Tomas Diez (Fab Lab Barcelona Director), Yasmin Elayat (GOOD fellow), Becky Stern (Director of Wearable Electronics, Adafruit Industries), Eric Pan (Founder, Seeed Studio, Forbes China’s 30 under 30), David Lang (OpenROV Founder, Author of Zero to Maker), Gawin Dapper (CTO, Phonebloks), Nick Ierodiaconou (Co-Founder Open Desk), Phoenix Perry (Founder, Code Liberation) and many more.

10/1 – DAY 2  – Thanks to community feedback, for the first time in addition to the first day of speakers, the Summit will have a second day which will work around the themes of workshops and co-creative-sessions.

This years OHSummit will also be about the transition “From Open Making to Open Manufacturing”. Our focus is to broaden the definition of what open hardware means: production models are shifting from one to one, to one to many structure. The way we think about our tools, transforms the electronics, houses, furniture- anything and everything we depend on.  How we live and relate depends on it.

Registrations are now Open – REGISTER TO OHSUMMIT

Other Events during the week Include:


Starting in New York in 2004 and in Italy for the first time, Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) is an international conference featuring key speakers and topics. The Italian conference will analyze technology’s impact on society and democracy, focusing on the “data society”.


Makers at Work – 1,000 participants, 100 tables, 1 Innovation Agenda

One day of co-designing to produce the first Innovation Agenda for the “Social Innovation City” of the future. Facilitating working groups during the event and involvement on the shared platform over recent months will make it possible to identify the key variables to develop an innovative ecosystem with a social impact in a metropolitan city.


The Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Maker Faire Rome’s second edition will take place in Renzo Piano’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, a makers village for showcasing innovation and foster creativity.

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