The Open Source Hardware Summit takes places once a year in different location each year. It was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013, in Rome, Italy last year, and this year the event will be hosted in Philadelphia in the US, and the organizers just released the program.
It will be a one day event (September 19, 2015) with four “tracks” with a total of 23 sessions, and a keynote:
- Science and Education
- Open Hardware, Open Minds: The Rise of Open Hardware in Academia and K-12 Education by Ben Leduc-Mills.
- The Rise and Fall of an Open Source Hardware Company by Nancy Ouyang.
- Open Hardware in Community/Citizen Science by Peter Marchetto.
- DropBot: an Open-Source Platform for Lab Automation by Ryan Fobel, Christian Fobel, Michael Dryden and Aaron Wheeler.
- Making Open Hardware the New Standard in Science by Joshua Pearce.
- Open Source Robotics Foundation and the Robotics Fast Track by Hugo Boyer.
- Workflow: From Chip to Product
- Overview by Eric Wilhelm.
- Common Parts Library by Sanket Gupta and Sam Wurzel.
- Open Source Chip Design: The Final Frontier by Andreas Olofsson (Parallella)
- Circularity and Community Factories – Logic and Geographies of Redistributed Manufacture and Makespaces by Hannah Stewart and James Tooze.
- Foundation for a Common Object Description Language by J. Eric Townsend (aka jet).
- Demonstration of Open Source Engineering Analysis and Parametric CAD Modeling for OSHW by J. Simmons.
- Successfully Manufacturing your Open Source Hardware by Kipp Bradford.
- Case Studies: Projects and Processes
- History of Open Source by Catarina Mota.
- A Tale of Two Laptops: Case Studies in Open Consumer Electronics by Joshua Lifton.
- ULTRASCOPE: Automated Robotic Observatory (ARO) by James Parr.
- Investigating Normal – Hacking Prosthetics by Myles Cooper, Grace Ahn, Elizabeth Doyle and Michael Searing.
- Dynamic Infrastructure for Social Innovation by Bevan Weissman and Dan Beyer.
- The Role of Open Hardware Going Forward
- Humanitarian Open Source Tech Projects by Benedetta Piantella.
- What the Wright brothers Can Teach us about Open Source vs Closed Source by Bruce Boyes.
- Unfit Bits: Free your Fitness Data from Yourself by Tega Brain and Surya Mattu.
- Open Source Riots – Appropriating Technologies for Protests of the Future by Pedro Oliveira and Xuedi Chen.
- Speaking In Tongues and Catching Flies: OSH and Connected Devices by Tom Igoe.
Since there’s no abstract for any the talks, some titles are a bit cryptic or lack details, but there are some interesting talks with actual OSHW projects, and even the political impact of open source hardware.
You’ll need to get a ticket in order to attend with the standard fee being $75 which also include coffee/tea, snacks, and a gift bag. There are also more expensive tickets if you want to sponsor the event, and a $25 “hardship” ticket for students or people who can’t afford the standard ticket.