Open Hardware Summit

Selected extracts from my notes from the Open Hardware Summit that could just have easily have come from the Guggenheim Lab workshop the day before.

  • Change is painful.
  • Expect resistance.
  • Mistakes will get institutionalised.
  • Even your friends might become a competitor.
  • Things will get used differently to how you intended.
  • Ideas spread and change.
  • Interesting things happen at the edges, with systems that are porous and when you move between different fields.
  • What you think of as being possible is dictated by your past experience.
  • As time progresses, so should your tools.
  • People will use the technology in ways you cannot predict, so you need to build it to be open and flexible.