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For Open Hardware month, we sent out a few emails to folks and companies in the electronics community that asked “What does open source hardware mean” to them. First up Tindie!

What is Tindie?

Tindie is a community marketplace for hardware creators and enthusiasts. Sharing our community’s creations, hardware news, and other interesting tech finds. Tindie and Hackaday are brands of Supplyframe. Buy awesome things directly from makers. Build something amazing. Founded in 2012.

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Here’s a screenshot from one of the first snapshots on the Wayback Machine from 2012.

And from Tindie now, What Open Source hardware means for them (2019) – Jasmine, Tindie’s Product Manager writes in…

Without Open Hardware Tindie wouldn’t exist – Tindie was set up in 2012 as a marketplace for Open Hardware Creators (2012 interview with Emile Petrone). As the community has grown, over 8,000+ products have been listed on Tindie, most of which are Open Hardware or based on open projects.

This Open Hardware Month, we made it so that Tindie sellers can add their OSHWA UID and visitors can see Certified Open Hardware on Tindie. We’re encouraging all our sellers to go through the easy self-certification process. It’s a great framework that sellers can follow to allow users of their products to get the information they need to use the items. Being open also sparks ideas and allows individuals and groups to create practical solutions that can potentially help many people outside the initial scope of their projects.

We’re also proud to have sponsored the Open Hardware Summit for the last 3 years and again in New York for the 2020 event.


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October is open-source hardware month! Every single day in October we’ll be posting up some open-source stories from the last decade (and more!) about open-source hardware, open-source software, and beyond!

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