GOSH! Summit

Grounding Open Source Hardware

Program dates: July 16, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Registration deadline: Registrations will be accepted until the program is full

Program Information

The Grounding Open Source Hardware (GOSH!) Summit at The Banff Centre serves to bring together the many and disparate makers, producers, theorizers, and promoters of physical objects that come to life under open and distributed models. This Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) summit will highlight and facilitate the emerging dialogue on both artist-driven and socially conscious open source hardware projects. From prosthetic limbs to electronic hardware, the breadth of open source hardware projects and distributed models of manufacturing suggest that it is time for these disparate manufacturers, designers, artists, and engineers to come together to discuss the common issues of their practices.

While open hardware practices have led to the rapid development of a multitude of varied projects, no central organizing rules or practices exists for open hardware. Open hardware brings excitement, a potential for real social effects, and a lightning-fast collaborative progress to the development of physical objects, but along with these benefits come a host of complicated issues. A central goal of the conference will be to bring to light these issues, in a multidisciplinary context that encourages exchange and collaboration.

For more information on Summit participants and agenda, visit the GOSH! wiki.

The GOSH! Summit is generously supported by:

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.