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Tech Week Event: Hardware Freedom Day, April 20

As part of the Science Festival, The Hacktory is hosting Hardware Freedom Day (HFD) events on Saturday April 20th at 3711 Market St to help Philadelphians celebrate Open Source Hardware (OSHW), learn about Open Source, and get hands-on with a variety of projects. There are several free public events scheduled at The Hacktory for HFD.

11AM to 12Noon: “Why Open Source Hardware?”

Come by for our “Why Open Source Hardware?” talk. Far McKon will cover the basics of what is and is not Open Hardware. The talk will cover how to find and buy Open Source Hardware, and some of the reasons that OSHW is important.

12Noon to 1PM: Lunch Discussion

Lunch break! Meet at The Hacktory by 12 to join a lunch conversation about OSHW at one of the nearby restaurants. Bring along Open Hardware projects you have, or just your curiosity.

1PM to 3PM: Open Source Hardware Hackathon

In the afternoon, join our Open Source Hardware Hackathon. Bring your own Open Source Hardware projects, or pick up a DIY Open Source project ($15 – $35) at the event! For beginners, this is your chance to grab a soldering iron and build your first Open Hardware project. For experts, this is a chance to bring and show your projects, and maybe even find some helpers.

RSVPS are appreciated but not required; this event is free and open to the public.


Hardware Freedom Day is a worldwide celebration of Open Source Hardware. The Open Source Hardware Association defines it as:

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts — machines, devices, or other physical things — whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute, and use those things. This definition is intended to help provide guidelines for the development and evaluation of licenses for Open Source Hardware. (source)

Join us at The Hacktory on Saturday April 20th at 3711 Market St to get your hands on Open Source Hardware (1PM – 3PM) or just learn about it (11AM – 12Noon). Remember: If you can’t open it, can’t fix it, or can’t share it, you don’t really own it.

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