Open Hardware Miniconf

Organised by Jonathan Oxer and Andy Gelme


Tuesday 14 January 2020

Call for Sessions

Submissions to this miniconf are now closed.

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The concept of Free / Open Source Software is complemented by a strong community focused around Open Hardware and “maker culture”. One of the drivers of the popularity of the Open Hardware community is easy access to cheap devices such as the ESP32 and the Arduino, which is a microcontroller development board originally intended for classroom use but now a popular building block in all sorts of weird and wonderful hobbyist and professional projects.

Interest in Open Hardware is very strong amongst FOSS enthusiasts, but there is also a barrier to entry with the perceived difficulty and dangers of dealing with hot soldering irons, unknown components and unfamiliar naming schemes. The Open Hardware Miniconf will ease software developers into dealing with hardware. Topics will cover both software and hardware issues, starting with simpler sessions suitable for Open Hardware beginners and progressing through to more advanced topics.

The day will run in two distinct halves.

The morning session will be a hands-on assembly tutorial where participants will have the chance to solder together a special hardware project developed just for the miniconf. Instructors will be on hand to assist with soldering and the other mysteries of hardware assembly. If you haven’t ever used a soldering iron before, this is the perfect opportunity to learn how to assemble your own circuit board in a safe, supervised environment.

Places for the morning assembly tutorial are strictly limited by space and available kits, so to participate in the morning session you must pre-register and purchase a kit of parts.

The assembly project for 2020 is currently in development. More details will be revealed closer to the event.

The afternoon session will be presentations about Open Hardware topics, including information on software to run on the project built earlier in the day. Anyone is welcome to attend the afternoon presentations, even if you didn’t participate in the morning assembly tutorial.

More details of the project such as costs and how to reserve your spot will be posted on the Open Hardware Miniconf website at before the event.


We thank our sponsors for their generous contribution to 2020.

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