Open Source Hardware Association

To support a cohort of emerging leaders who develop and maintain open hardware projects in university settings

  • Amount $993,600
  • City Boulder, CO
  • Investigator Alicia Gibb Seidle
  • Initiative Open Hardware
  • Year 2021
  • Program Technology
  • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology

Funds from this grant support the Trailblazers Program, a new awards program administered led by Alicia Gibb Seidle at the Open Source Hardware Association that will identify, recognize, honor and support leaders who have launched innovative open source hardware projects on college and university campuses around the U.S.  Up to eight award recipients will receive grants of between $50,000 and $100,000 to expand and augment their open source hardware documentation.  In addition to providing support to promising projects, the awards will raise the profile of winners within the open hardware community, encourage documentation of best practices, and signal to university administrators of the value of open hardware projects to the academic community.  Additional funds will allow the winning cohort to assemble together twice in the 2022-223 academic year, enabling winning projects to network, share strategies and lessons learned, identify common values and needs, and begin to build the core of a community of practice among open source hardware practitioners working in academia. 

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