Open Source Leadership Summit Presentation

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Presented in March 2018



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OS Leadership Summit Talk.

Translating Linux Success to Open Hardware

This presentation explores the challenges of scaling an open hardware business. The presenter's team builds open source industrial machines and houses - and they are pushing the limits towards non-proprietary development across the ~$70 trillion economy of the non-software, physical goods. Marcin will share his experience with the Global Village Construction Set experiment - an initiative to open source critical infrastructure machines for building modern civilization. As Linux has changed the world of software development to non-proprietary - what are the key ingredients and lessons learned for translating this model to physical goods - to shifting the proprietary and patented norm to open source? Marcin discusses Open Source Ecology's program aimed at this transition, and how OSE is approaching financial feedback loops in volunteer-based, non-proprietary hardware development.

Intended audience is anyone who is exploring open source business models in general. It is also for anyone who is interested in how open source business models apply beyond software to physical hardware - and what common models exist between both fields. The presentation should be especially interesting to ethical entrepreneurs committed to open source development that creates one's own competition. How does one still thrive in such a distributive enterprise, when the business model actively trains its own competition? Anyone considering open hardware entrepreneurship is likely to gain encouragement from an innovative model that is working for us. We are exploring business issues of operations, recruiting, marketing for an open organization, so this should shed light on common challenges for any open source startup.

Benefit to Ecosystem: Our work is a good example of an open source startup business model, but in hardware - so cross fertilization of ideas is likely. I think providing the hardware angle will help people frame open source business opportunities from a different light. We are engrossed in scalable, modular project architecture, so that we can learn a lot from open source software and vice versa. We are also exploring issues of licensing/franchising, recruiting, collaborative literacy, certifications of products and producers, business operations, etc - all of which appears to be common interest throughout. We are especially interested in large-scale collaboration, so I would like to glean insights from peers at the conference.

1/5/18 notes - re-position as the Bible for students. Aligning contributors is key. Parallel to Linux - free OS, here free Society OS. Align Dev Method to Recruiting (copy) to Fundamental approach (Pattern Language Primitives)

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