Attend The Summit!

The early bird catches the ticket! A limited number of reduced price Early Bird tickets for the Open Hardware Summit are on sale. Once these run out, prices WILL GO UP. Click on the Attend page to purchase your ticket.

We have two types of tickets, all tickets include: BreakfastLunch, Snacks and Post-conference Drinks(Ticket types are not enforced, so please exercise your judgment).

Breakouts: This year we have breakout sessions in the afternoon, please watch for an email in the next couple weeks to reserve a seat in the breakout session you want to attend.

Important Note: The Open Hardware Summit is a non-profit event. Extra funds from sponsorship will be put toward a scholarship for creating open hardware.

Thank you to HTINK, our fiscal sponsor for handling our ticketing finances.

If you’re traveling for the Summit, we also have lodging and travel suggestions on the Attend page.

For more information, please visit and contact info AT

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Support the Open Hardware Summit

Sponsor the Summit!

Sponsorship for the Open Hardware Summit is open! Special thanks to our sponsors who have already donated.

The summit is in its second iteration in partnership with MAKE and Makerfaire at the New York Hall of Science. Last year, 350 people came together to share knowledge about bringing open hardware to market, solving issues around open design, protocols and licensing. Many more people watched online and got involved in the conversation through the forums and twitter. Together with support from you, we have gained more momentum as a team. The definition we signed last year was turned into a license by CERN. We held a logo competition which received 129 submissions and chose one by popular vote. The summit continues to be about the DIY, Maker, small scale (and growing to large) fabrication movements and Open Hardware, and legalese around open source hardware.

By sponsoring the Open Hardware Summit you’ll be fostering the open source hardware movement. Read more about Why to Sponsor.

Sponsor Levels

SUPPORTER: $300-$1,499

  • ONE complimentary ticket to the Summit
  • Your logo will appear on the banner, website and program
  • You will be able to add one (1) item in the goodie bag.

ENTHUSIAST $1,500 – $3,999

  • TWO complimentary tickets to the Summit
  • Your logo will appear on the main section in the banner, website and program
  • You will be able to add one (1) item in the goodie bag.

FANATIC $4,000 – $5,000

  • TWO complimentary tickets with RESERVED SEATS in the auditorium
  • Your logo will appear on the main section in the banner, website and program
  • You will be able to add one (1) item in the goodie bag.

This is a non-profit event. Extra funds from sponsorship will be put toward a scholarship for creating open hardware.

Would you like to Sponsor?

Your donation is tax deductible. Thanks to Eyebeam Art and Technology center, our non-profit fiscal sponsor for handling the finances.

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Submission deadline extended to July 1st.

We’re extending the submission deadline for the Open Hardware Summit until next Friday, July 1st (at 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern time).

While there have been many exciting submissions already, we know that not everyone had enough time to put together their proposal. We wanted to give a little extra time for anyone who needs it.

If you’ve already submitted, you’re welcome to revise and resubmit your proposal up until the new deadline.

See the submission guidelines for more information.

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Open Hardware Summit 2011 – Call for Submissions

* * * Submission deadline extended until July 1st, 2011 * * *

The Open Hardware Summit (OHS) invites submissions for the second annual summit, to be held on September 15, 2011 in New York City (Venue TBA). The Open Hardware Summit is a venue to present, discuss, and learn about open hardware of all kinds. The summit examines open hardware and its relation to other issues, such as software, design, business, and law. We are seeking submissions for talks, breakout sessions, and demos from individuals and groups working with open hardware and related areas. Submissions are due by June 24, 2011. Deadline extended until July 1st. Notification of accepted proposals will happen by August 1st.

Since the first Open Hardware Summit in 2010, we have seen the open hardware movement continue to flourish. The Open-Source Hardware Definition was announced, the OSHW logo was selected by a popular vote, an open source oil spill cleaning robot got more than $33,000 in crowd funding, Google adopted the open hardware movement’s biggest success story, Arduino, as its platform and our very own keynote speaker, Limor Fried, was featured on the front page of Wired Magazine – to name a few. Needless to say, open hardware is getting BIG.

Submission topics

Topics of interest for the summit include, but are not limited to:

  • Lessons learned from past projects
  • Legal and intellectual property implications of open-source hardware
  • Means of supporting collaboration and community interaction
  • Manufacturing
  • Distributed development and its relationship to physical goods
  • Digital fabrication (e.g. laser cutters and 3D printers)
  • Software design tools (CAD / CAM)
  • DIY technology
  • Ways to share information about hardware that’s not captured in source files
  • Business models
  • Manufacturing on demand
  • Competition and collaboration
  • Sustainability of open hardware products (e.g. how to unmake things)
  • Industrial design
  • “open-washing” (green washing for open source)
  • Open-hardware in the enterprise
  • Specific product domains: e.g. science, agriculture, communications, medicine

And any other topic you think relates to openness and hardware. We want to hear all about it!

Types of submissions

You may submit proposals for one or more of the following formats:


  • Expected duration for talks is between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the number and quality of submissions.
  • We expect all talks to be plenary (i.e. presented to the entire summit audience).
  • Talk submissions primarily containing marketing for a product will not be accepted. However, talks that share knowledge and insight derived from work on commercial products are welcome.

Breakout session

  • Depending on submissions, there may be an opportunity to organize breakout sessions with smaller groups (5-40) to discuss a particular topic
  • We expect breakout sessions to occur during a single time-slot of approximately 1 to 2 hours.
  • Breakout session submissions should include an overview of the content and plan for the session.
  • You are encouraged to co-author breakout session submissions with other interested parties but sessions will be open to general summit attendees.

Project Demo

  • This is a casual show and tell session that will take place during the end-of-day drinks.
  • You are encouraged to include pictures as part of your demo submissions.
  • Please include all demo requirements: amount and type of space (e.g. “one 3×3 foot table and one chair” or “a 5 × 5 section of wall with at least 10 feet in front of it”), power requirements (note: we cannot provide any power adaptors). Please keep in mind this is an informal project demo, and complex requirements/constraints (internet, light/sound conditions etc) will be difficult to accommodate.
  • It will be your responsibility to carry/assemble/set up/disassemble your demo. We cannot provide any support for the receiving, storing, or shipping of demos.
  • Note: If submitting a project demo, Your project MUST be working by the time of the summit.

Submission format

  • Submissions should be formatted as plain text of no more than 1,000 words in length and include ALLof the following:
  • The type of submission (talk, breakout session, or demo)
  • A title
  • A bio of the speaker(s) (That’s you!)
  • What you intend to talk about, the topic for your breakout session, or a description of your demo
  • An explanation the importance of your submission to the open-hardware community
  • A maximum of TWO photos that help explain your topic of submission (optional)

Please note that your submission may be reviewed by someone without prior knowledge of you or your project. The text of the submission (and accompanying images) should contain enough material for a reviewer to make an informed decision about the quality of your proposed talk, without needing to consult other sources of information (e.g. your website).

Submissions should be emailed to proposals [AT] with the subject line “Open Hardware Summit submission” followed by the type of submission in parentheses (e.g. “Open Hardware Summit submission (breakout session)”). Deadline is July 1st, 2011 BY 11:59pm (EST).

Accepted submissions WILL BE PUBLISHED on the OHS website.

For more information

For more details about the Open Hardware Summit, see the website at Please direct questions about submissions to the Review Chair, David Mellis, at

mellis [AT]

Please direct other questions about the summit to General Chairs Alicia Gibb and Ayah Bdeir at

info [AT]

Thank you and we hope to see you in September!

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Open Hardware Decals

Jason Kruse of Mr. Decals created decals for the new Open Hardware logo and is giving them away free + shipping. Plaster your Open Hardware stickers everywhere!



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Eagle & EDA files for the Open Hardware Logo

Thanks to WestfW and Andrew Tergis who posted an Eagle ULP script and a library (respectively) on the forums (page 2)! Download them there or download them here:



Thanks to Evil Mad Scientist, they have the EDA files available for download on their site:

Also thanks to Brandon Stafford for helping out with the fonts too – his SVG files are here:

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OSHW Logo Selected!

The results of the public votes for the OSHW logo are in! Almost 9000 people voted, and the community selected “Golden Orb” by Macklin Chaffee as the OSHW Logo v1.0 (submitted on Feb 11th, 2011).

Congratulations Golden Orb, thank you all for voting!

If you support the OSHW Definition 1.0, you can GO AHEAD and Apply the OSHW Definition and logo to you projects and circuits. Here’s to another great day for Open Hardware!

Note: Detailed vote results here. As previously mentioned, some IP addresses registered large amount of votes. With the help of, we were able to disqualify those votes.
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OSHW logo public vote CLOSED!

The Public Vote portion for the OSHW logo is now CLOSED (11.59pm on April 5th)! Come back for the verdict (or follow on twitter). Thank you all for voting!!


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Thanks for ruining a good thing, or TRYING to!

As some members of the community pointed out, last Saturday, we saw a sudden surge in voting percentage for one of the logos up for public vote (see comments here). After some investigation, turns out some people had written scripts to register a large number of votes on the same IP addresses. As one of the readers Aestros said: “Who ever is that [person] is, he is so stupid. I mean, what’s the purpose ? […] [The point] wasn’t to beat the previous entry, it was to contribute to the community effort”.

The culprits are

IP                                #Votes         1365          1155
x.x.x.x                          577 (see below)          435             167

One of the ip addresses not shown was for OSHW advocate Bill Porter. Concerned about the spike in voting, he tested the security of the voting system and reported the issue to Open Hardware Summit personally.

Since then, we’ve enabled security checks, and multiple voting is no longer possible. But that still leaves us with 3,122 faulty votes, which refuses to disqualify.

So we are going to do this manually on closing day (April 5th), and adjust for the surge due to cheating. In the meantime, if you are one of these IP addresses, and had good intentions, please comment below, and tell us who you voted for (we can see your IP in the comments). If you were ill-intentioned, and subsequently, will not fess up, SHAME ON YOU. It’s people like you that make the work of a hard working community so difficult, and frustrating. But the community is stronger than you, and this is not going to stop everyone’s good efforts.

So go play bully somewhere else…


Thanks everyone for helping out..

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OSHW Logo Public VOTE!


On February 10th, 2011, we launched the Open Hardware Definition v1.0, and launched a competition to select an OSHW Logo. Over 129 submissions have come in over 2 weeks, and a very active discussion on the forums.

The selection of the OSHW Definition logo occurred in 2 stages:

First, an invited selection committee reviewed and narrowed down the submissions (over 129) to the top 10 logos. The selection committee consisted of some of the most instrumental people in pushing forward/developing/writing/promoting the Open Hardware Definition (full list of members can be found here).

Now we open those 10 logos to a PUBLIC VOTE and have the community select the top logo. Cast your vote here! Deadline is April 5th.

And don’t forget to tweet, retweet, promote, forward. Let the OSHW community make its voice heard!



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