Yesterday, the Open Source Hardware Summit took place at the NY Hall of Science. More than 300 attendees came together for the event, many of them meeting face-to-face for the first time. It is one sign of the growth and health of this core community that is a major re-thinking and re-working of the design and development of hardware. (Congratulations to organizers Alicia Gibb, Ayah Bedir and Peter Semmelhack.)
What I think we’re seeing is the emergence of independent hardware developers. Increasingly, engineers have the opportunity to work for themselves — developing products and processes by themselves or in small teams. They can get access to good facilities and expertise without being part of a large company. They get to do what they love doing, and take on the risk of succeeding or failing. Most importantly, they’re able to keep fueling the fire that made them decide to become an engineer in the first place.
Come meet them at Maker Faire — as President Obama called them “the doers, the risk-takers, the makers of things.”
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I was surprised not to see Adafruit Industries listed among the exhibitors and sponsors of the Maker Faire this weekend. What’s up with that, now that it’s in your own hometown?
@carl – MAKE and Maker Shed carries our kits and we worked around the clock for the last few months to deliver all of the kits they needed for maker faire nyc – our “booth” is in the maker shed, go visit and pick up a kit! 🙂
as far as sponsorship goes we were able to sponsor the open source hardware summit as well as an item in each goodie bag – maker faire sponsorship is outside our budget (we donate money to the EFF each year and do what we can for other orgs we love) – if and when we can spend thousands of dollars to sponsor something like maker faire we will for sure!
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