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Open Source Hardware Month Kick-Off Event: Open Mixer and Panel @ SparkFun

Tuesday, October 1 @ 5:30pm

We are kicking off Open Source Hardware Month with a panel of heavy hitters of OSHWA from the Front Range. The evening will include the panel followed by a mixer to connect open hardware enthusiasts. We’ll bring the refreshments, you bring a question for the panel or a project to share!

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Open Source Hardware Month Kick-Off Event: Open Mixer and Panel @ SparkFun


5:30 — 8:00pm

  • 5:30pm: Grab snacks, network, settle in
  • 6:00 — 7:00pm: Panel
  • 7:00 — 8:00ish: Networking


SparkFun Electronics, 6333 Dry Creek Parkway, Niwot, CO 80503

Meet the Panelists:

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Alicia Gibb


Alicia Gibb is an advocate for open hardware, researcher, and a hardware hacker. Alicia has worked within the open source hardware community since 2008. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), an organization to educate and promote building and using open source hardware. She also co-founded and chaired the first two Open Hardware Summits. Alicia wrote the book Building Open Source Hardware in 2015. She also directs the Atlas BTU Lab (Blow Things Up) at CU Boulder, a hackerspace where she teaches in the areas of open source, physical computing and information technology.

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Arielle Hein


Arielle Hein is an artist and technologist whose work explores the imaginative use of emerging technologies and spans the fields of human-computer interaction, interaction design and art. Drawing on an interdisciplinary background and a research-based creative practice, Arielle explores the intricate relationships between technology and the everyday human experience. As an educator, Arielle is passionate about empowering students through the exploration of interactive systems and the use of digital tools. Arielle received a Master of Professional Studies in interactive telecommunications from New York University, and she holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from University of Colorado Boulder.

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Harris Kenny


Harris Kenny is the Principal at Kenny Consulting Group, LLC, a business development consultancy that works with B2B technology and service companies. Harris has experience as a tech executive, worked in management consulting, and has advised the White House and members of Congress on technology policy. He has been featured in media outlets such as National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, and Hacker News. Kenny is a frequent contributor to public data projects like Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap and previously served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA).

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Toni Klopfenstein


An Open Source Supporter and Developer Advocate at Google, Toni has been a frontline OSHW advocate for over a decade. At Google, Toni is focused on IoT and Smart Home applications. Prior to Google, Toni led new product development at SparkFun Electronics where she led the effort around open-source product development, documentation, and technical support. Toni has been a steadfast supporter of open source hardware and has served as a board member of OSHWA, been actively involved in OSHW licensing and standards creation, and presented at the annual OSHWA Summit.

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Nathan Seidle


While studying electrical engineering as an undergraduate, Nathan Seidle founded SparkFun Electronics, an open source hardware company. For more than 15 years, SparkFun has been a leader in open source technology and has been committed to releasing products with data sheets, tutorials and clear product photos with multiple views. The company provides tools, hardware and educational resources for engineers, prototypers, researchers, and hobbyists who want to explore electronic gadgetry. Nathan has served on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association, has been invited to the White House to participate in discussions around intellectual property policy and patent reform, and has spoken in front of Congress on copyright and trademark policy.

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