It's no secret that we're big fans of open-source software and open hardware here at oomlout, which is why we're proud as punch to be a supporter of the upcoming Open Hardware Summit 2016 - and if you're anywhere near Portland, Oregon next Friday, we'd love to see you there!
Organised by the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), which has as its founding goals a desire to spread technological knowledge as far and wide as it possibly can, the annual Open Hardware Summit is a must-attend even for anyone with an interest in how collaboration can drive technological innovation. The event schedule includes talks on subjects as diverse as open source architectures for robot platforms and the BBC's micro:bit project through to how open hardware is revolutionising education and even space exploration.
For those hanging around for more than one day, there's also the social events. Thursday the 6th of October sees the OSH Park Open House and '#bringahack' event, while the Pearl District Business Association (PDBA) is hosting a tour of Portland's most established art galleries. If you're still around on Saturday, there's the Science Hack Day. Even if you can only make it for the Friday main event, there's an after-party hang-out at the summit itself, complete with drinks, demos, and hacks.
The Open Hardware Summit is always well attended, and you only have to look at the list of sponsors to see how popular the event is among both big companies and hobbyists: we're to be found next to companies including Intel, CircuitMaker, Octopart, SparkFun, Seeed Sudio, OSH Park, Hackaday, and even VR specialist Oculus. It's far from a 'corporate' event, though: expect to see plenty of crazy hacks and amazing inventions from individual makers right through to seeing what technology giant Intel has been up to over the last year.