Marcin Jakubowski

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Marcin Jakubowski
Born1972 (age 48–49)
NationalityPolish American
EducationPrinceton University, BA in Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D. in Physics
EmployerOpen Source Ecology

Marcin Jakubowski founded Open Source Ecology (OSE) in 2003.[1] In the final year of his doctoral thesis at the University of Wisconsin, he had the feeling that his career field was too closed off from the world's problems, and he wanted to go a different way. After graduation, he devoted himself entirely to OSE.

Jakubowski is an advocate of open source hardware as a foundation for the open source economy - particularly distributed manufacturing, open source agriculture,[2][3] and open source product development.

OSE made it to the world stage in 2011 when Jakubowski presented his TED Talk.[4] on the Global Village Construction Set. Shortly after, the GVCS won Make magazine's Green Project Contest. The Internet blogs Gizmodo and Grist produced detailed features on OSE. Jakubowski has since become a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow (2012) and TED Senior Fellow (2012).[5]

Personal life[edit]

Marcin and Catarina Mota were married December 27, 2013 at Grand Central Station in New York City.[6][7] They are collaborating on open hardware projects, with a collaboration on the Open Building Institute[8] started in 2016.

Professional Life[edit]

After receiving a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison,[9] Marcin founded the Open Source Ecology project. He has been working on this from 2004 until present, at the company headquarters - Factor e Farm, in the Kansas City area. Most prototyping and development occurs at this facility. This includes the work on housing with the Open Building Institute, whose goal is to make affordable, ecological housing widely accessible.


  1. ^ "About" Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed: 7-19-2011.
  2. ^ "Hacking the farm with low-cost, open source tool designs". Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  3. ^ "Open Source Agriculture". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  4. ^ "Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization", April 2011. Accessed: 7-19-2011.
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