Open Source Hardware Association

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Open Source Hardware Association
Open Source Hardware Association logo.png
Formation2012; 9 years ago (2012)
FounderAlicia Gibb
TypeNon-profit organization
PurposeOpen Hardware advocacy
Harris Kenny
Joel Murphy
Luis Rodriguez
Katherine Scott
Matthias Tarasiewicz
Addie Wagenknecht
Jeffrey Warren
Michael Weinberg[1]

The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) is a non-profit organization that advocates for open-source hardware.[2][3] It aims to act as a hub of open source hardware activity of all types while actively cooperating with other initiatives such as the TAPR Open Hardware License, open-source development groups at CERN, and the Open Source Initiative (OSI).


The OSHWA was established as an organization in June 2012 by engineer Alicia Gibb, who had been working on the Open Hardware Summit during graduate study.[4] After some debate about trademark with the OSI,[5] in 2012 the OSHWA and the OSI signed a co-existence agreement.[6]

Open Source Hardware Summit[edit]

The Open Source Hardware Summit is the annual gathering organized by OSHWA for the open hardware community that takes place at a different location each year. The summit features presentations of projects and developments within the open hardware field from a diverse range of speakers.[7] OSHWA offers the Ada Lovelace Fellowship that covers the costs of the summit to encourage women, LGBTA+ and/or other minorities to actively participate in open technology.[8]

Open Source Hardware Certificate[edit]

In 2016 OSHWA announced its certification program for open-source hardware at the Open Hardware Summit in Portland, Oregon.[9] The certification aims to offer a simple process for producers of open hardware to indicate that their products meet a uniform and well-defined standard for open-source compliance. [10]


  1. ^ "Board Members". Open Source Hardware Association. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  2. ^ "What Is Open Source Hardware And Why Should You Care?". 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ Pearce, Joshua (2 October 2016). "Rehab Addict's Nicole Curtis and Hackers Agree : Open Hardware Rules". Huffington Post.
  4. ^ "Founder of Open Source Hardware Association shares her story".
  5. ^ "When two (open source) worlds collide - Inspect-a-Gadget". ComputerWeekly.
  6. ^ "OSI and OSHWA Sign Agreement". Open Source Initiative.
  7. ^ Szcys, Mike (10 October 2016). "The people, talks, and swag of Open Hardware Summit". Hackaday. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Ada Lovelace Fellowship". Open Source Hardware Association. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Open Source Hardware Certification". Hackaday.
  10. ^ "Requirements for Certification". Open Source Hardware Certification. Open Source Hardware Association. Retrieved 19 April 2017.

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