Open Hardware Summit CFP deadline extended

We’ve extended the deadline until January 6 2023! Submit your talks, workshops, and demos to the Open Hardware Summit, happening this April in NYC and remotely! https://2023.oshwa.org

This year we are accepting TALKS, WORKSHOPS and demo tables! Your work does not need to be open source certified, but it should uphold open source ideas in some spirit.

TALKS: between 5-20 minutes, virtually or in person APRIL 28th & 29th
WORKSHOPS: 30-60 minutes, in person only APRIL 29th. You may indicate a fee for your workshop to cover materials, please only indicate the direct cost.
TABLES: Projects (not products) that will be on display one or both days

This years summit will be in person in New York, April 28 & 29, 2023, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EDT. We will also livestream, and remote talks are permitted.

We invite talk proposals from individuals, groups, collectives, collaborators, and first time presenters.

We are actively seeking submissions from people, ideas, and perspectives traditionally under represented in Open Hardware and technology in general. We ask for your help to reach people who might not be part of communities that typically circulate these calls - Please share! We actively seek submissions from people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, gender non conforming and trans people, people with disabilities, indigenous people, people of varying socio-economic status, people of varying levels of formalized education, people from various global communities, and other marginalized populations.

The Open Hardware Summit is for presenting, discussing, and learning about open hardware of all kinds. The summit examines open hardware applications, practices, and theory, ranging from environmental sensors to 3D printable medical devices to open hardware processors, community engagement, art, design, and beyond. We are interested in open hardware on its own as well as in relation to topics such as software, design, business, law, and education. Past talks have featured topics such as advances in space propulsion, humanitarian projects, right to repair legislation, open hardware in education, and open hardware marketing.

TALKS
For our thirteenth edition we are especially looking for speakers who can offer insights on the current climate of Open Hardware. Some suggested areas of interest are:

  • Outer space exploration and Earth observation
  • Manufacturing processes and supply chains
  • Craftwork
  • Untold histories
  • Speculative futures & experimental tech
  • Art and design in Open Hardware
  • Community engagement
  • Process and iteration

We welcome all proposals that do not cover these topics.

WORKSHOPS:
Workshops may be theoretical or practical, they may offer skill sharing or allow people to engage in a subject. Workshops will be individually ticketed, to allow material costs to be covered. Please indicate the costs associated below. Some ideas:

  • Skill sharing of techniques
  • Build-A-Long style small projects
  • Discussion groups
  • Performances or art engagements

TABLES:
Projects, artwork, posters, or other things you’d like to display. Not for your business or product, see sponsorship opportunities for this.

SELECTION PROCESS
If you would like to submit a proposal in a format alternative to this form, or if you’d like assistance please email the Summit Chair, lee wilkins at hello@leecyb.org. Submissions will not be anonymized this year, which allows you to submit work that might contain identifiable information. Your submission should contain the following elements:

Title: e.g. “How I learned to stop worrying and love the BOM: Bills of Materials for Open-Source Hardware.” Try to be descriptive!

Summary: Tell us what your talk is about in under 150 words

Keywords: 3 identifying terms for your proposal, e.g. “Kitchen Tools”, “3D printing”, and “Chocolate”

Please also include 500 words of description, up to 2 photographs, and optionally a link to a video.

In your proposal, please be clear about what you intend to present and how it is relevant to the open hardware community. For example:

Show how you created a novel solution to a problem with open hardware
Explain best practices for designing/using/troubleshooting open hardware
Discuss the background and implications of a legal issue that impacts open hardware
We are interested in all kinds of submissions, from How-Tos, to historical surveys, to personal stories, to hardware testing results. However, submissions primarily consisting of marketing for a product, non-profit, or company will not be accepted. Submissions that share knowledge and insight derived from work on commercial products or at organizations are welcome.

Keep in mind we’ll be deciding what to accept based primarily on the submissions themselves and not external materials. Be sure to give us enough information to make a well-informed decision. Documentation of accepted submissions will be published on the OHS website. Proposals will be scored by a panel.

Expected duration for talks is between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the number and quality of submissions.

All talks are plenary (i.e. presented to the entire summit audience). If selected, you will be expected to deliver a live presentation during the summit livestream and on stage.

The Summit, including its chairs and staff, is primarily volunteer-based and OSHWA operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We cannot offer speaker stipends.

For questions, include [OHS23] in the subject line of an email to the summit@oshwa.org.

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Yeah! Let’s get some more open science at the conf everyone!