The Open Design + Hardware (OD+H) Working Group is a global network of makers, academics, designers and openness advocates who are working to build a community of practice around open design and hardware across paradigms, from product design to architecture to digital design and physical art.
OD+H Members aim to provide a central point of reference for the development of OD+H in both theory and in practice. We run workshops, deliver lectures, engage in hands-on collaborative projects and training initiatives, develop domain-specific guides, curate open collections and host events around the world. We also provide a place for discussion amongst practitioners interested in finding new solutions for a wide range of related issues including intellectual property, law, society, free culture and the commons.
The OD+H Working Group was founded in 2012 with the help of the Open Knowledge Foundation (UK) and Aalto University Media Factory (Finland). Notable collaborations in the group’s first year have included hosting an Open Design, Hardware and Fabrication track at the Open Knowledge Festival 2012 in Helsinki, releasing v0.1 of the new Open Design Definition through Github and a series of interactive workshops across Europe, helping support the launch of the first-ever Public Domain Remix competition in France and delivering keynotes about the correlations between design, openness and hardware at LibreGraphics Meeting 2013 in Madrid and at FREE CITY 2012 in Tallinn.
Kat is co-founder of this Open Design and Hardware Working Group and the editorial lead of Webmaker in London, a Mozilla project aimed at building a new generation of creators through tools and communities that help people move from consuming the web to making the web.
A creative technologist whose work explores tensions between technology, culture and social change, Kat has an AA in Peace + Conflict Studies and a BA in Political Science, as well as a MSc in Digital Anthropology from University College London, where she researched the role of gender and identity amongst Millennial-aged hackers across Europe. She is an editor of the Open Book and has produced several community interventions across Canada and Europe such as OKFestival Helsinki, Foreign Policy Camp Vancouver, Open Government Data Camp Warsaw and the Fresh Media arts collective. Kat’s work can be found at KAIBRAY.com.
###### Massimo Menichinelli
Massimo is co-founder of this Open Design and Hardware group and a practicing designer who has researched and developed open, collaborative, and co-design projects and the systems that enable them since 2005 at openp2pdesign.org.
Massimo has a M.Sc in Industrial Design, has completed FabAcademy and is currently a doctoral candidate at Aalto University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture in the Department of Media – Media Lab. He recently worked on the development of the Aalto FabLab (Helsinki, Finland) and Muse FabLab (Trento, Italy) and was a co-organizer of the first Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki in 2012. Massimo lectures on Digital Fabrication and Open Design at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) and Open Design at SUPSI (Lugano, Switzerland).
#####Primavera De Fillipi
Primavera is a researcher at the CERSA / CNRS / Université Paris II and a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, where is investigating the concept of “governance by design” as it relates to cloud computing and peer-to-peer technologies.
Primavera holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where she explored the legal challenges of copyright law in the digital environment. Primavera is an administrator of the Communia association for the public domain, a coordinator at the Open Knowldege Foundation and legal expert for Creative Commons in France. She is also the co-founder of an artistic collective called Okhaos that produces interactive (digital and mechanical) works released under open licenses.
Christian is a disruptive technology geek, project bootstrapper, open data activist & electronic music buff. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, and works as OpenGovData & Local Group community manager for the Open Knowledge Foundation.
With a background in media and culture entrepreneurship, co-working facilitation, community creation, hacktivism and open culture, he enjoys bringing people together to share new ideas. He holds an MA in Culture, Communication and Globalization from Aalborg University and has previously lived, worked and studied in Berlin, New York and Chicago. On the side, he runs a few smaller projects including Uhrlaut Records, a small boutique record label for challenging electronic music from Scandinavia – and whenever possible, he tries to find time to play with his 3D-printer and various Arduino projects. Christian’s work can be found at autofunk.dk.
Peter is a Research Professor at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences on the topic of the Revolution in Manufacturing.
Peter lives in Rotterdam and has a PhD in industrial engineering and management from ETH Zurich. His field of research is the impact of readily available direct digital manufacturing technologies and the design and manufacturing practice of “fabbers” and “makers” on the creative and manufacturing industries, and the emergence of networked co-operation paradigms and business models based open source principles. Peter’s work can be found at petertroxler.net.
Cindy is a doctoral researcher at Aalto University’s NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group in Helsinki, Finland, where she studies environmental issues within Fablabs and the Maker Movement.
Cindy’s research is focused on an ethnographic study of Fablabs in order to observe and describe how environmental sustainability is currently understood and taken up – or not. If digital manufacturing does prove to be disruptive, maker spaces become more mainstream, and a greater variety of people do get involved in fabricating their own products – therefore, Cindy’s premise is concerned with understanding how to ensure more sustainable practices. She is especially interested in the rubric around open design and hardware regarding barriers that currently limit its acceptance on a wider scale, and in practical implementation of peer-to-peer, open, resilient systems in the Design-for-Sustainability field. Cindy’s work can be found at Alto’s Makerculture Blog.
Pedro is an experiences designer and a network starter. He consults for the practical experience of theory and concepts.
Pedro lives in Berlin, having been born in the Canary Islands and then studying Design & Technology (BA) in London. He aims to focus not only on creating a new chair, but on the seating experience itself. His work is released in the open, with projects ranging from the facilitation of MakerLabs to the creation of parties, environments and processes including Makerlab Istanbul: Virus Plug-in, SomethingStrangeWillhappen: Celebrating Change and BetaWald: A forest in development. Pedro is currently designing and kickstart a makerspace for D2Cs inside betahaus barcelona. Pedro’s work can be found at wecreativepeople.org.
Heloisa is Executive Director of the Fab Lab Brazil Association and PhD at the University of São Paulo on the topic of Open Design and Fab Labs. She is also a graduate of the Fab Academy at Fab Lab Barcelona, having also collaborated with the Fab Lab Sevilla, where she developed some projects as: Fab Teletransportation, Fab Lab Kids and Fab Labs Around the World.
Currently living in São Paulo, assists in the connection between the global Fab Lab network and brazilian initiatives such as the creation and implementation of new Fab Labs, the connection of them and the discussion of the models and possibilities for these new alternative spaces of production. She is also trying to involve, besides makers, other associations, government and companies to grow up this action and discussion. On the subject, just released a book with Fabien Eychenne called “Fab Lab: A Vanguarda da Nova Revolução Industrial”. Heloisa’s work can be found at heloisaneves.com.
Attila is an architect, researcher, social entrepreneur and cultural broker based in Budapest, Hungary.
Attila graduated as an architect, but has decided that he wants to design not only buildings, but also the whole world! He is especially interested in the field where technology, culture and society meet and interact, which he describes as ‘webitics’. Attila works at the Kitchen Budapest new media research lab as a senior research supervisor. He curated and co-edited the Subjective Atlas of Hungary, is curatorial board member of KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre and advisory board member of UrbanIxD. Attila’s work can be found at bujatt.com.
##### Xavier Leonard
Xavier Leonard is a communications technology designer, researcher and activist. He was the founding director of Heads on Fire and the Heads on Fire Fab Lab, which was selected as a national model in the U.S. for teaching technology in out-of-school settings.
In 2012, Xavier led an effort to create the xoxox [eks-oh-eks-oks], a low-cost, open source pulse-oximeter. Leonard has been honored as a Z-Fellow of the Zero Divide Foundation, an Ideas Institute Fellow of the MIT Media Lab, and a TEC Champion by the United States Congress. His design projects have been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Franklin Furnace, NYC; The Knitting Factory, NYC; and the Centre International Francais, Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso, among other venues. Xavier’s work can be found at XdotL.com.
##### Anna Seravalli
Anna is a PhD candidate in Interaction Design at The School of Arts and Communication (K3) and MEDEA, Malmö University (Sweden), with a background as an industrial and services designer.
Her research focuses on collaborative and commons-based production practices and their potential as an alternative way of making things and delivering services. She explores this topic through the engagement in the setting up and running of a makerspace in the city of Malmö (Living Lab Fabriken, MEDEA) and by participating in projects about social innovation and citizens involvement (Living Lab The Neighborhood MEDEA). She is one of the founders of the “Distributed and Open Production” cluster inside DESIS, a global network connecting design schools working with sustainability and social innovation. Anna’s work can be found at prototypingalternativefutures.wordpress.com.
###### Bram Geenen
Bram is a designer who studied at the Technical University Eindhoven and the Utrecht School of Arts and then started a design studio in 2008 that developed 3D printed furniture.
The products of this studio, such as the 2009 Gaudi Stool, have been exhibited globally and acquired by the Barcelona Design Museum. Bram currently develops an application called Wevolver, that provides makers a simple infrastructure to host open hardware projects, and enable collaborative development. He also works at Ground3d, the Dutch knowledge center for 3D printing. Personal work can be found at bramgeenen.com.
Matt is a designer with a background in participatory design and conceptual medical products for communities.
His work is focused on the production of Open Source medical product prototypes such as the Enzyme Dispenser on Thingiverse with an online community living with Cystic Fibrosis who cannot meet together in-person due to risk of transmitting infection. This bars them from engaging in traditional participatory design, yet the field of digital Open Design has meant they can have a role in the design & development process as partners. Matt is working on a PhD in Design with a focus on community design for medical products.
Serena’s work spans from interaction design to education and new media communication, and her research focuses on open design and open hardware related to their impact on the interaction design discipline itself. She is currently carrying out projects of applied research within the Interaction Design Lab at SUPSI and coordinates a summer workshop focused on teaching fundamentals of software and hardware programming through design and prototyping activities. She also co-manages the FabLab SUPSI Lugano. Personal work can be found at serenacangiano.com.
Greg is an open technology advocate at Michigan State University’s Kramer Lab who aims to increase the amount of information that is freely and publicly available with a focus on applied technologies.
At the Kramer Lab, Greg is developing an open source, handheld device for measuring photosynthesis in plants and algae. He is a part of a broader movement to help universities openly license their technologies and serves on the board of A2Geeks and the Snowdrift Co-op in Michigan when he is not spending time designing, prototyping or play-testing. Greg’s work can be found at austiclabs.com.