Alicia Gibb

August 22nd, 2011

The Open Hardware Summit is alive!

It is time to get your tickets and check out the lineup of speakers this year, featuring some of the biggest game-changers in Open Hardware history. Bug Labs is proud to be a catalyst in this revolutionary movement.

TICKETS
Please, purchase your tickets here: http://ohs2011-eorg.eventbrite.com/
Tickets include breakfast, lunch, snack time, cocktails, plus an amazing goodie bag from our fabulous sponsors. The goodie bag will also include one (1) complimentary Maker Faire ticket. More about tickets and accommodations on the Attend page.

This year we’ve created an overflow space in the cafeteria to accommodate more people. The auditorium seating is first come.

BREAKOUTS

Due to popular demand, this year we have breakout sessions in the afternoon session, to facilitate smaller group discussions. You will be asked to select a breakout session when purchase your ticket.

SPONSORSHIPS

Sponsors, we still need you! The Open Hardware Summit would not be possible without you. We strive to keep the summit accessible, and still need some help covering our budget. Please consider joining our current rockstar sponsors, and see the amazing benefits you can get!

August 4th, 2011

Sponsor the Open Hardware Summit!

Sponsor the Summit!

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

Founded last year by Bug Labs and littleBits, 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.


June 6th, 2011

Open Hardware Summit 2011 – Call for Submissions

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The Open Hardware Summit (OHS) invites submissions for the second annual summit, to be held on September 15, 2011 in New York City. 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. 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:

Talk

  • 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)

Submissions should be emailed to proposals [AT] openhardwaresummit.org 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 JUNE 24th, 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 openhardwaresummit.org Please direct questions about submissions to the Review Chair, David Mellis, at

mellis [AT] media.mit.edu.

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

info [AT] openhardwaresummit.org

Thank you and we hope to see you in September!

* * * Please Redistribute * * *

The Open Hardware Summit (OHS) invites submissions for the second annual summit, to be held on September 15, 2011 in New York City. 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. 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:

Talk

  • 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)

Submissions should be emailed to proposals [AT] openhardwaresummit.org 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 JUNE 24th, 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 openhardwaresummit.org Please direct questions about submissions to the Review Chair, David Mellis, at

mellis [AT] media.mit.edu.

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

info [AT] openhardwaresummit.org

Thank you and we hope to see you in September!

February 10th, 2011

Open Hardware Definition 1.0 Released!

Read the official post from Ayah Bdeir on the Open Hardware Summit blog! This is an exciting day in opening hardware!

We are pleased to announce the 1.0 of the Open Source Hardware Definition.

The definition has undergone a few rounds of feedback, and feedback collection has been done (online, forums, open hardware summit, stakeholder’s websites, email etc) and posted here for review. Gradually, feedback has been converging more and more, and support for the definition growing.

We would like to thank everyone who took an active part in drafting the definition, and discussing it.

Now, to move forward, please HELP:

1. Endorse the definition, post your feedback on version 1.0 on the forum and the mailing list as we work towards a 1.1 update in the next few weeks / months.

2. Take a look at the logos we are considering for “open source hardware”, give feedback or submit your own logo on the forum, in the thread LOGO.

3. Show your support of the OSHW Definition by applying the definition to your work/project/website

This is a very important step in propelling our movement forward. PLEASE FORWARD FAR AND WIDE.

October 8th, 2010

Update Open Hardware Definition

The Open Hardware Definition has been updated  with a statement of principals:

Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.

Please view the entire definition draft here. And we invite you to post your thoughts, changes and addition to the definition on the forums for the 1.0 version. There will also be continued discussions on the mailing list.

Special thanks to everyone who gave feedback for the 0.4 draft, especially Windell Oskay, David Mellis, and Phillip Torrone for their hard work dedicating much time on the wording.

Read another excellent post on the topic by Sparkfun.

September 20th, 2010

The Open Hardware Summit is SOLD OUT!

Earlier this evening about 11pm, the Open Hardware Summit sold out! We are so excited by the response.  In case you were still hoping to be part of it, we’ll be in the usual places: Twitter, flickr, blogs, forums and anything with a #openhardwaresummit. We are also video taping the event (We’re crossing our fingers we’ll have the bandwidth to stream it!) so in case you can’t make it to the Hall of Science we want you to feel included.

Thanks to everyone for all your support, we’re looking forward to a revolutionary event.

September 9th, 2010

Tickets on sale for the Open Hardware Summit

Tickets for the Open Hardware Summit are on sale! Follow this link to purchase your ticket: http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/attend/

Tickets include breakfast, lunch and cocktail hour at the end of the day. Along with your ticket price, you will also receive a one-day pass to Maker Faire! Special thanks to Maker Faire for partnering with the Open Hardware Summit.

There is a reduced pass, while it lasts for artists, non-profits and students.

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.

July 13th, 2010

Announcing the Open Hardware Summit

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Bug Labs is excited to announce the Open Hardware Summit in conjunction with MAKE, and Creative Commons, and a little help from our friends at NYSCI, littleBits and Eyebeam!

The Open Hardware Summit will be a venue to present, promote and discuss the undergoing open source hardware movement. The summit will focus on hardware as a system, involving conversations on software, manufacturing, legal, and other factors surrounding open source hardware. It is taking place on September 23rd, at the New York Hall of Science – right before Maker Faire.

Open source hardware has a growing community around it – enough that we figured would fill a moderately-sized lecture hall. Together we are revolutionizing the method, processes and means in which electronics are made, and a lot of us have been doing this for several years now.  Mentoring and sharing are always an important piece to any open source project, so our goal is to have an entire day filled with mentoring and sharing of knowledge about the open hardware industry, how we aim to license open source hardware, and why it is an important charge to lead.

For more information on the Summit, please visit openharewaresummit.org.

I’d like to thank Ayah Bdeir for co-chairing the event with me, we both hope to see you there!

January 14th, 2009

Bug + Baby Seal

Paro the Baby Seal is probably the most adorable robot Bug Labs has ever seen. BUG and Baby Seal met at CES 2009. Paro is a therapeutic robot that interacts through sensors when squeezed or pet. Paro is often found in hospitals or nursing homes, soothing humans and batting its big loveable eyes. Baby Seal especially liked jamming out to the Phunky application, using BUGsound and BUGmotion on the BUGbase and uploading the app via Dragonfly. BUG hopes Baby Seal will visit the NYC office soon. See the Baby Seal in action:

October 21st, 2008

Bug Labs at Maker Faire!

Bug Labs was at the Austin Maker Faire this weekend, where we won a Editor’s Choice award from Make! We were really honored to be part of Maker Faire and excited to show everyone our product!

Just before Maker Faire, at our Open House, we got our breakout board module (The Von Hippel) talking to an Arduino mini! It was a collaborative effort with help from NYC Resistor, who brought us a much needed R232 to TTY chip at a moment’s notice.

The folks at Maker Faire enjoyed clipping together modules together and coming up with new module ideas we should consider for the future, such as the Jelly Bean module and a Robot Wheels module (pictured below).

Hope everyone enjoyed seeing demos of the Bug! If we took your picture with the DrawPad app, check for it on Bugnet!  View more pictures of Bug Labs at Maker Faire here!