There are many types of open hardware month events. You can use the example below that is the best fit for your area or create something new. If you do decide on a different kind of event let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share it with the community!
Steps to Follow:
How to Host a Cocktail Hour or Meetup (1-2 hour event)
Hosting a cocktail hour is the easiest and least expensive way to bring your local open source hardware community together.
- Post on Eventbrite, or some other RSVP platform, the time, date, and location
- On the event page, encourage people to bring what open source hardware they are working on so people have something to discuss (Size of project within reason)
- Make sure your attendees and the venue know that you are not picking up the tab. Give the bar/pub/cafe/restaurant a heads up on your headcount or make reservations if you have a lot of people coming
- Do not make your event on the busiest night – a Mon / Tues / Wed is probably best – especially if you are a large group
- Get people’s contact info so you can relay last-minute changes
- Thank people for coming, sit back, and have a good time!
How to Host a Small Event or Workshop (3-4 hours)
- Create an organizing committee from your local open source hardware community.
- Discuss and decide on the event type, duration, venue, and date
- Update Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) – Fill out the form and get approval
- Plan logistics –
- Event registration system (such as Eventbrite or Facebook event, etc.)
- Food/drink if needed
- Parking information or directions for attendees
- Rent tables/chairs if needed
- Find local supporters based on your event requirements (Note: This will not be an Open Source Hardware Association sponsored event)
- Send out the invitations
- Promote your event (on social media)
- Send out a thank you and follow-up (if any) note to the attendees
An example of a small event can be found on the OSHWA website.
|15 min||Welcome and Introduction||Welcome the attendees and inform them about Open Source Hardware (check resources link above for further details)|
|45 min||Share||Examples of local projects/ people working on Open Source Hardware|
|45 min||Discuss – Open Pitch Session||Attendees share what projects they have been working on and if they are looking for any local collaboration|
|45 min||Panel Discussion & Q&A||Local experts share knowledge and help answer queries|
|15 min||Next Steps||Discuss any action item if it came up during the earlier discussions|
|15 min||Wrap-up||Thank the audience and take a group picture|
|15 min||Welcome and Introduction||Welcome the attendees and inform them about Open Source Hardware (check resource link for further details)|
|2 hr||Open Source Hardware Workshop|
|15 min||Show and Tell||Attendees share their projects or learnings from the workshop|
|30 min||Open House/Informal get-together|
Basic information on how to host a Workshop:
Example of Documenting workshops (see slides and documents)
Unfortunately, OSHWA is not in the financial position to fund workshop supplies.
Open Hardware Summit
Host your event in October, then come to the official OSHWA event March 13, 2020! This Open Hardware Summit will mark our 10 year Anniversary of Summits.