Today the Engelberg Center, in collaboration with the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) is thrilled to release the 2020 Open Source Hardware Weather Report. The report is a snapshot of the open source hardware community as it exists in 2020, ten years after the first Open Hardware Summit. It helps existing members of the open source hardware community take stock of where it is, and new members of the community understand the state of affairs today.
The open source hardware community has grown tremendously in the past decade. That growth is a testament to the viability of the idea of open source hardware. It can also create challenges when the community wants to talk to itself – let alone create welcoming pathways for new community members.
The 2020 report allows the open source hardware world to collectively identify what is working, share insights, and rally around shared challenges. It distills lessons learned and describes the collective understanding of the state of open source hardware. The report provides guidelines for how open source hardware can be a viable approach to hardware development, as well as identifies situations where open source hardware may not be the strongest approach. It also examines challenges that remain unresolved in 2020, along with opportunities for open source hardware in the future.
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