Open Hardware Summit (Edition 11), Call for Proposals

Link to Apply: Submissions are now closed


The Open Hardware Summit (OHS) invites talk proposals for the eleventh annual summit! This year’s summit is virtual and will be held online on Friday 2021-04-09, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM EDT.

The Open Hardware Summit is for presenting, discussing, and learning about open hardware of all kinds. The summit examines open hardware applications, practices, and theory, ranging from environmental sensors to 3D printable medical devices to open hardware processors and beyond. We are interested in open hardware on its own as well as in relation to topics such as software, design, business, law, and education. Past talks have featured topics such as advances in space propulsion, humanitarian projects, right to repair legislation, open hardware in education, and open hardware marketing.

For our eleventh edition we are especially looking for speakers who can offer insights around the role of open hardware in the COVID-19 pandemic, open hardware medical devices, and related topics.

We invite talk proposals from individuals and groups. Submissions are due by Thursday 2021-02-18 at 11 PM EDT.


All proposals must be submitted through this form. No other submissions will be accepted. Submissions will not be anonymized this year, which allows you to submit work that might contain identifiable information. Your submission should contain the following elements:

Title: e.g. “How I learned to stop worrying and love the BOM: Bills of Materials for Open-Source Hardware.” Try to be descriptive!

Summary: Tell us what your talk is about in under 150 words

Keywords: 3 identifying terms for your proposal, e.g. “Kitchen Tools”, “3D printing”, and “Chocolate”

Please also include 500 words of description, up to 2 photographs, and optionally a link to a video.

In your proposal, please be clear about what you intend to present and how it is relevant to the open hardware community. For example:

  • Show how you created a novel solution to a problem with open hardware
  • Explain best practices for designing/using/troubleshooting open hardware
  • Discuss the background and implications of a legal issue that impacts open hardware

We are interested in all kinds of submissions, from How-Tos, to historical surveys, to personal stories, to hardware testing results. However, submissions primarily consisting of marketing for a product, non-profit, or company will not be accepted. Submissions that share knowledge and insight derived from work on commercial products or at organizations are welcome.

Keep in mind we’ll be deciding what to accept based primarily on the submissions themselves and not external materials. Be sure to give us enough information to make a well-informed decision. Documentation of accepted submissions will be published on the OHS website. Proposals will be scored by a panel.

Expected duration for talks is between 5 and 20 minutes, depending on the number and quality of submissions.

All talks are plenary (i.e. presented to the entire summit audience). If selected, you will be expected to deliver a live presentation during the summit livestream.

The Summit, including its chairs and staff, is primarily volunteer-based and OSHWA operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We cannot offer speaker stipends.

For questions, include [OHS21] in the subject line of an email to the Review Chair at or Summit Chair at