Open Source Hardware Documentation Jam – Adafruit is a partner!

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Open Source Hardware Documentation Jam. A 3-day co-design jam to improve Open Source Hardware documentation practices and facilitate collaborative innovation!

On April 26-28, 2013 in New York City: a unique event during which developers, designers, and hardware hackers get together to bring Open Source Hardware to the next stage.

“The power of open source hardware lies in the ability to build upon others’ work and good documentation is the key to making this happen.” – The Jam Hosts.

Documentation best practices can increase contributions to OSHW projects significantly. A shared understanding of what documentation should look like, more powerful and cooperative software to handle it and new graphical tools could be the keys to the next revolution in product design and manufacturing. For this reason, we decided to host a collaborative event: to generate ideas and projects that could enhance the User Experience of people who are new to OSHW – whether they are individuals or businesses – and want to contribute to a shared vision and shared objectives.

Given the wide scope of the challenges, the organization team designed a first 3-day event, that will be based on a mashup of well known design and collaborative creation formats for group cooperation such as Service Design Jams ( and Hackathons ( The event will be focused on identifying and sharing outstanding problems concerning the diffusion of OSHW (especially those related to documentation and technology transfer best practices), in generating creative solutions and prototyping them collaboratively.

It will be a great opportunity to learn, build relationships and start new projects. The team behind the Jam currently opened a form for people to submit their applications (apply) and is looking for several different profiles, as the challenge behind the mission of the event – improving the way OSHW is designed and documented to enhance reuse, replication, remix – is huge and implies a large set of skills.

Every organization interested in Open Source Hardware shall participate: the team is looking forward for cooperation and involvement and can be contacted at
See the updated list here >

Adafruit is a partner and sponsoring this jam!

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