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The Open Hardware Summit is this Thursday, Sept 15th, before World Maker Faire. And it’s also being held at the New York Hall of Science. Makers and businesses pushing for open source hardware, open BOM costs, and even open supply chain information for consumer devices, are convening for a day of lectures and learning, friend-making, and business card trading.

This is a fantastic boon for attendees of World Maker Faire because many of OHS’s presenters will be doing double-duty and presenting at the Faire as well.  Here are some highlights from the Faire schedule:

Open Source Hardware Revolution — Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Main Stage
Alicia Gibb & Ayah Bdeir, Open Source Hardware Summit founders and co-chairs, give a conference recap and outline of this movement in major flux, covering significant milestones reached in just the last year. They will explain why open hardware is sure to take the world by storm, and change the way the electronics industry functions forever.

Open Source Hardware Projects about the Nuclear Accident in Japan – Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Make: Live stage
Shigeru Kobayashi, is a teacher of interaction design and prototyping at Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS] in Ogaki, Japan.   Shigeru has designed open hardware such as Gainer and Arduino Fio (with SparkFun) and has written books on physical computing and prototyping. His talk will cover some great examples of open hardware reaction to the lack of information after the nuclear accident in Japan.  Citizen science!

Add Twitter Feeds to any TV! — Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Main Stage
Bunnie Huang might be best known for his 2003 book Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering. Bunnie is now the Hardware Lead at Chumby.  Bunnie will demonstrate a new open hardware platform for makers who are interested bringing together the Internet and TV.

Open Innovation Can Solve Real World Problems — Sunday at 4:30 p.m., Main Stage
GROUND Lab is a complete R&D and prototyping company located in Queens, New York, that focuses on creating innovative sustainable solutions for social, environmental and humanitarian challenges.  Co-founders Justin Downs and Benedetta Piantella will introduce some of their past and current projects, and share lessons learned and challenges encountered in building a business focused on open source platforms to be deployed in many countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, and the United States.

Bre Pettis of MakerBot Industries, Eric Wilheim of Instructables, and Massimo Banzi of The Arduino Project are also speaking.  For the complete lineup, check the Presentation Schedule at makerfaire.com.

Also note that attendees of the OSH get a free one-day pass to the Faire in their goodie bags!

Sabrina Merlo

Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire’s licensing program for locally and independently produced “Mini” Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.


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