Open Hardware Makers – A conversation with Julieta Arancio, Alex Kutschera, and André Maia Chagas

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Julieta, Alex, and André share details about their mentorship program for Open Hardware projects. Hear their answers to questions such as:

  • What is Open Hardware?
  • How is Open Hardware used and applied in a research context?
  • What other applications exist for open hardware and who is the mentoring program designed for?
  • How did the program evolve to its current form?
  • Why is mentoring necessary/useful for hardware projects?

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OHM Profile
Twitter: @openHWmakers
GitHub: ohwmakers 

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2609-3017 
Twitter: @chagas_am
Linkedin: amaiachagas
Github: amchagas

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8624-4182
Twitter: @cassandreces
Linkedin: aranciojulieta
Github: thessaly

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3218-1371
Twitter: @alexwastooshort
Linkedin: alexander-kutschera
Github: AlexKutschera

Which researcher – dead or alive – do you find inspiring?  
AMC: Marie Curie | JA: David Graeber | ALK: Ada Lovelace

What is your favorite animal and why? 
AMC: Octopus, they’re smart | JA: Capybaras, they’re so chilled | ALK: Parrots 

Name your (current) favorite song and interpret/group
AMC: Learning to live – Dream Theater | JA: Natalia Lafourcade – Soledad y el mar | ALK: Amenra – “Solitary Reign”

What is your favorite dish/meal? 
AMC: rice and beans | JA: a good baba ganoush, but it’s really difficult to choose one | ALK: Spaghetti with Tomato sauce

Image credit: JA. “Today in Bristol, UK”


Arancio, Julieta, and Shannon Dosemagen. “Bringing Open Source to the Global Lab Bench.Issues in Science and Technology 38, no. 2 (2022): 18–20. 

Maia Chagas A, Molloy JC, Prieto-Godino LL, Baden T (2020) Leveraging open hardware to alleviate the burden of COVID-19 on global health systems. PLoS Biol 18(4): e3000730.

Maia Chagas A (2018) Haves and have nots must find a better way: The case for open scientific hardware. PLoS Biol 16(9): e3000014.