Thursday will mark two weeks until the submission deadline for the Open Hardware Summit proposals. If you’ve got an idea for a talk, a poster (see below) or a project demo, you have until May 31st to submit it.
The Open Hardware Summit (OHS) invites submissions for the third annual summit, to be held on September 27, 2012 at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City. The Open Hardware Summit is a venue to present, discuss, and learn about open hardware of all kinds. The summit examines open hardware and its relation to other issues, such as software, design, business, law, and education. We are seeking submissions for talks, posters, and demos from individuals and groups working with open hardware and related areas. Submissions are due by May 31, 2012 BY 11:59pm (EST). Notification of accepted proposals will happen by July 8th, 2012.
Topics of interest for the summit include, but are not limited to:
- Digital fabrication
- DIY bio
- Soft circuits
- Wearables and fashion tech
- Quantified-self hardware
- Means of supporting collaboration and community interaction
- On demand and low volume manufacturing
- Distributed development and its relationship to physical goods
- Software design tools (CAD / CAM)
- DIY technology
- Ways to share information about hardware that’s not captured in source files
- Business models
- Competition and collaboration
- Sustainability of open hardware products (e.g. how to unmake things)
- Industrial design
- Open hardware in the enterprise
- Specific product domains: e.g. science, agriculture, communications, medicine
- Legal and intellectual property implications of open-source hardware
- Open hardware in education
- Addressing the gender imbalance in the open hardware community
- And any other topic you think relates to openness and hardware. We want to hear all about it!
This year there are three types of proposals you can submit. You can propose a talk, a poster, or a project demo. The talk concept is self-explanatory. The demo sessions are just what they sound like: show off your open-hardware project! In case you need examples, here are two from last year by RobotGrrl and Chris Novello.
New for this year is the poster presentation concept — I think this has a lot of potential for sharing great ideas that might otherwise be missed. Posters fill the gap between project demos and talks. They’re less formal than plenary talks, but more conceptual (as opposed to hands-on) than demos. They give you a chance to exhibit a project or organization that you can’t physically present or which is beyond initial hardware design but not far enough along to be an auditorium presentation. If this sounds like you, consider submitting a poster presentation!