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Monday, October 26 • 12:00 - 12:50
Forging a New Open Source Hardware Contributor Model - Mark I. Himelstein, riscv.org

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RISC-V International stands on the shoulders of giants. From Linux and Apache and Hadoop to OpenPower and OpenSparc and MipsOpen and more,we have benefited from all that came before us and from the astounding hi-tech renaissance of the last 20 years. The Open Source Software culture was hard fought and found its way to a contributor model where it attracts the best and the brightest contributors. The largest Open Source Hardware projects have largely been based on a volunteer model coupled with a pay-for-dev model. This talk intends to provide historical context of how the industry arrived at this Open Source Hardware model, why it has to change, and how we intend to begin that journey. All Open Source Hardware organizations and projects can benefit from this talk as we lay a framework of change and community that derives the best of what Open Software has brought us in a way that is sustainable and scalable. This will also be a call to action for all Open Source Hardware communities to take the steps to apply the lessons learned form the past and enable companies and individuals to achieve the same kind of product benefits and recognition we appreciate in Open Source Software.


Mark Himelstein

CTO RISC-V, riscv.org
Mark Himelstein is the CTO for RISC-V International. Before RISC-V international Mark Himelstein was the President of Heavenstone, Inc. which concentrated on Strategic, Management, and Technology Consulting providing product architecture, analysis, mentoring and interim management... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 12:00 - 12:50 GMT
Community & Business Leadership Theater