Open Source Hardware certification update

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) has updated their certification:

After almost a year and a half of community discussion, OSHWA unveiled the Open Source Hardware Certification Program at the 2016 Open Hardware Summit. Today, with the help of a major grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are excited to announce that we are taking major steps towards Certification 2.0. The original certification program has some fairly straightforward goals. It is designed to make it easy for creators to identify their hardware as compliant with the community definition of open source hardware, as well as make it easy for users to know that hardware that is advertised as “open source” meets their expectations. The certification process gives a creator confidence that they have done everything required to call their hardware open source. The certification logo gives users confidence that they will be able to access, build upon, and hack any hardware that they receive. We didn’t know what to expect when we launched the certification program and have been blown away by the results. There are currently 170 certified hardware projects from 18 countries on 5 continents participating in the program.[…]

Open Source Hardware Camp 2017 announced

Andrew Back announced the CfP for “Open Source Hardware Camp 2017”, taking place in September in the U.K. Note also ChipHack and ORConf! I wish O’Reilly’s Maker Faire would merge with this group, so that these OSH camps were worldwide, not just in the UK…

This year Open Source Hardware Camp will take place over the weekend of Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September, hosted as part of the Wuthering Bytes festival in Hebden Bridge, which in 2017 will take place over the course of 10 days (again!). We will be returning to the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge, which benefits from the convenience of adjoining, budget accommodation. Proposals for talks and workshops for OSHCamp 2017 are invited! That the deadline for submitting titles and abstracts is Monday 1st May. There is no theme and topics may include, for example: Open source hardware projects, Open development practices and principles, Novel/interesting/fun projects built using open source hardware, Tools (hardware and software), Skills and techniques, e.g. PCB fab, DIY SMT assembly, Relevant technologies, e.g. SPI/I2C bus programming, …something else relevant to the community. Other events running as part of Wuthering Bytes 2017 and which may be of interest:
* Fri 1st: Wuthering Bytes Festival Day,
* Wed 6th & Thurs 7th: Chip Hack,
* Thurs 7th PM & Fri 8th AM: EDSAC Challenge
* Fri 8th AM – Sunday 10th PM: GNU ORConf,

More info:

Olimex releases TERES I, open source hardware ARM laptop

We are proud to announce that our TERES I laptop is complete. We have assembled units and now working on the software. The building instructions are uploaded here and you can see that it’s pretty easy to build one yourself. This weekend in Bruxell at FOSDEM we will have table in Hall AW where every one could touch and play with the very first built laptops. All spare parts are uploaded at the web. Hardware CAD files and Linux build scripts are on GitHub. TERES I is completely designed with KiCAD FOSS so everyone can download and learn, study, edit, modify. Hardwarewise everything is OK and works, the software need some care to be completed, power supply management, Linux distribution, and few more details need attention, but we hope everything to be complete till Friday!

TERES I was the first king of the Odrysian state of Thrace where Plovdiv is also located.

One of the files on github mentions:

In progress
To Do
* Clean binary blobs if possible

Open Source Hardware Camp 2016

What: Open Source Hardware Camp
When: On the 3rd September 2016, 09:00 Saturday morning – 16:00 on the Sunday afternoon
Where: The Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8DG, UK.
Cost: £10/day

Saturday talks:
* LabRTC — progress at the Open University on instant real-time control of lab hardware that’s half a world away
* Openly Educating the Next Generation of Engineers
* Indie Manufacturing
* Keeping your project on track
* Open Source and Feature Film Production
* The Things Network, a crowd sourced data network for the Internet of Things
* – A registry for open hardware electronics projects
* Computer Controlled Heating System — cool use for a hot Pi
* Scaling IoT with Open Data
* Building a Smarter Island
* Making the Laser Light Synths
* Going Beyond the von Neumann Architecture with FPGAs

Sunday workshops:
* Getting started with FPGAs and Verilog using project IceStorm
* Develop your own long range sensor using Arduino and the Thing Innovations LoRaWAN Sensor development shield.
* Axiom 4K Open Source Camera demonstration
* Assembling the OSHCamp kit

Excerpts below taken from the announcement by Andrew Back on the OSHWA mailing list.

“Open Source Hardware Camp 2016 will take place place in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge. For the third year running it is being hosted as part of the Wuthering Bytes technology festival. Tickets are priced at £10/day and this includes lunch. […] We currently have 12 talks and 4 workshops confirmed, with the possibility of one or two more. Covering a diverse range of topics, including laser light synths, LoRaWAN and The Things Network, open source digital cinema (includes Axiom 4K open hardware cinema camera demo/workshop), and iCE40 FPGA development with Yosys and LabRTC. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the Axiom camera and getting hands-on with the Yosys and Arachne-pnr powered open source FPGA toolchain. […] As in previous years, there will be a social event on the Saturday evening and OSHCamp is once again being hosted to coincide with the Wuthering Bytes technology festival. You’re encouraged to check out the website for details of other participating events, as there may be some of interest. E.g. the annual GCC, GDB and friends developer conference, plus the first ever LLVM Cauldron!”

ORCONF 2016 announced

Julius Baxter has announced the 2016 ORCONF, the annual open source digital design conference, for October in Italy, excerpted announcement:

I’d like to announce ORCONF 2016, the annual open source digital design conference. This year we’re very pleased to be hosted by Davide Rossi and his group at the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy over October 7th, 8th and 9th. As in previous years, we’re looking forward to bringing together those involved and interested in any facet of open source embedded systems engineering. We’d like to have a strong showing from the various open source communities and their projects that are out there, academia and their interesting research ideas that either directly or indirectly contribute to the open source hardware ecosystem, and commercial developers who either contribute or perhaps just have success stories to share about their use of, or collaboration with, open source hardware projects. The conference is being organised by the Free and Open Source Silicon Foundation (FOSSi) with help, of course, by our hosts at the University of Bologna. ORCONF will be free to attend, and we’d like to provide food and drinks during the day for attendees, amongst other things, and so are seeking sponsors for the event. Please get in touch if you’d like to sponsor us this year. Registration and presentation submission forms are now live. Please do register if you plan to attend.

Full announcement:
More info:

TJOE: The Journal of Open Engineering begins

On the Open Source Hardware (OSH) Association’s list, Devin Berg Ph.D. of University of Wisconsin – Stout has announced a new online journal, announcement excerpt below. No content yet, they’re waiting for you to submit something! 🙂

Wanted to bring to your attention a new journal that myself and a few others are working on launching called The Journal of Open Engineering. It is a no-fee, open access journal for engineering built on top of the recently announced PubPub platform out of MIT. […] I think this has potential for publishing open hardware designs as a greater array of design documentation can be integrated into the publication itself. PubPub itself is open source and evolving and therefore the TJOE can also evolve and be shaped to enable new content and features in the future.

The Journal of Open Engineering is an fee-free, open-access, peer-reviewed journal targeting all fields and applications of engineering. Open engineering may be viewed as similar to the now ubiquitous model of open source software and the growing trend of open science. The intention is that the entire process of engineering design and development is done in the open for the benefit of not only the intended beneficiaries, but for the benefit of society as a whole. This procedure for conducting engineering design has particular benefits for developing communities who may otherwise not have access to various forms of engineering expertise. With openness in mind, The Journal of Open Engineering provides authors a no-charge venue to publish engineering innovations and takes advantage of rapid dissemination of engineering innovations by immediately publishing relevant articles prior to formal review.

More info:

Open Hardware Summit 2016 date announced

The date/location for the 2016 Open Hardware Summit has been announced:

October 7, 2016

Portland, Oregon

Here’s their definition of Open Source Hardware:

Drew has a new blog post on why OSH matters:

I wonder why (OSHWA, Linux Foundation, FreeBSD Foundation, Free Software Foundation) isn’t involved with local communities like Hackster, focusing on OSH subset of hardware (and the FSF definition of Free Hardware), and work on crowdfunding of new devices with these projects, perhaps as Open Compute Projects, not just random ‘blinky lights’ artsy ‘open hardware’. Maybe the enterpreneurs that run Hackster should get involved, projects for them, and may be able to help with this cat herding problem with their platform, perhaps in conjunction with CrowdSupply…

GOSH! 2016: the Gathering for Open Science Hardware

On OKFN’s open-science list, Jenny Molloy of OKFN announced “GOSH! 2016”, the Gathering for Open Science Hardware, an event specifically dedicated to open hardware approaches for science, science equipment and education.

What: GOSH! 2016, Gathering for Open Science Hardware
Where: CERN, Switzerland
When: 2-5 March 2016

On behalf of the organising committee for GOSH! 2016, the Gathering for Open Science Hardware taking place at CERN during 2-5 March 2016, I’d like to tell you a little about it and invite you to apply to join another 50 active users, developers and thinkers in open hardware for science, which we think has the potential to greatly benefit research and education. GOSH! is designed to seed what we hope will be an on-going meeting series and a stronger and more collaborative community in open hardware for science. We want to explore the diversity of existing projects, share best practices and identify needs within the groups engaged in making and using open hardware both within research institutions and beyond. We’ll listen to user stories and developer journeys, host a series of talk and workshops on everything from sharing and licensing to design for manufacture and participate in build workshops to learn from other projects. For more information and to apply via the lightweight form by 19 December 2015. Invitations will be sent out by early January. We are sorry to have such limited space for the event and there will be an opportunity to participate in some sessions remotely and hopefully join us for a larger event in 2017. There is no registration cost and we are currently in the process of sourcing travel sponsorship. We’re not currently in a position to guarantee support but we hope to be able to assist attendees where possible and particularly to fund any participants from the global South. Do let us know on the form if funding assistance would be useful to you.

Organising committee:
Greg Austic, Michigan State University
Adam Wolf, Princeton University
Jenny Molloy, University of Cambridge
Francois Grey, University of Geneva and CERN
Shannon Dosemagen, Public Lab
Aurora Thornhill, Kickstarter
Urs Gaudenz, Gaudi Labs