Open Source Hardware Association

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Open Source Hardware Association
Formation2012; 11 years ago (2012)
FounderAlicia Gibb
TypeNon-profit organization
PurposeOpen Hardware advocacy
Oluwatobi Oyinlola
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). It has also been active in promoting diversity and inclusive terminology within the open source hardware movement.[4][5][6]


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.[7] After some debate about trademark with the OSI,[8] in 2012 the OSHWA and the OSI signed a co-existence agreement.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Open Source Hardware Certificate[edit]

In 2016 OSHWA announced its certification program for open-source hardware at the Open Hardware Summit in Portland, Oregon.[12] 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. [13]


  1. ^ "Board Members". Open Source Hardware Association. 10 April 2012. 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. ^ "A Resolution to Redefine SPI Signal Names". Open Source Hardware Association. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  5. ^ James, LeeLee (30 September 2021). "How to Write a Code of Conduct". Open Source Hardware Association.
  6. ^ Gibb, Alicia (30 September 2021). "The Evolving Aspects of a Welcoming Community". Open Source Hardware Association.
  7. ^ "Founder of Open Source Hardware Association shares her story".
  8. ^ "When two (open source) worlds collide - Inspect-a-Gadget". ComputerWeekly.
  9. ^ "OSI and OSHWA Sign Agreement". Open Source Initiative.
  10. ^ Szcys, Mike (10 October 2016). "The people, talks, and swag of Open Hardware Summit". Hackaday. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Ada Lovelace Fellowship". Open Source Hardware Association. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Open Source Hardware Certification". Hackaday.
  13. ^ "Requirements for Certification". Open Source Hardware Certification. Open Source Hardware Association. Retrieved 19 April 2017.

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