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The Open Hardware Miniconf 2015 will take place as part of LCA 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The concept of Free / Open Source Software, already well understood by LCA attendees, is complemented by a rapidly growing community focused around Open Hardware and "maker culture". One of the drivers of the popularity of the Open Hardware community is easy access to cheap devices such as Arduino, which is a microcontroller development board originally intended for classroom use but now a popular building block in all sorts of weird and wonderful hobbyist and professional projects.

Interest in Open Hardware is high among FOSS enthusiasts but there is also a barrier to entry with the perceived difficulty and dangers of dealing with hot soldering irons, unknown components and unfamiliar naming schemes. The miniconf will use an Open Hardware assembly project as a stepping stone to help ease software developers into dealing with Open Hardware. Topics will cover both software and hardware issues, starting with simpler sessions suitable for Open Hardware beginners and progressing through to more advanced topics.

The day will run in two distinct halves. The first part of the day will be a hands-on assembly session where participants will have the chance to solder together a special hardware project developed for the miniconf. Instructors will be on hand to assist with soldering and the other mysteries of hardware assembly. The second part of the day will be presentations about Open Hardware topics, including information on software to run on the hardware project built earlier in the day.


  • 10:40 - 12:20 SimpleBot assembly workshop (registration required to participate, spectators also welcome)
  • 12:20 - 1:20 Lunch
  • 1:20 - 1:45 Talk 1: tba
  • 1:45 - 2:10 Talk 2: tba
  • 2:10 - 2:20 Break
  • 2:20 - 2:40 Talk 3: tba
  • 2:40 - 3:00 Talk 4: tba
  • 3:00 - 3:40 Afternoon Tea
  • 3:40 - 4:00 Talk 5: tba
  • 4:00 - 4:20 Talk 6: tba
  • 4:20 - 4:30 Break
  • 4:30 - 4:50 Talk 7: tba
  • 4:50 - 5:20 Lightning talks and project showcase
  • 5:20 Close

Call For Papers

Please see OHC2015-CFP for more information

Assembly Project

Each year we build a project developed for the Miniconf, and this year we'll be assembling SimpleBot robots designed by Andrew Fisher and Angus Gratton. Participating in the assembly session costs AU$120, and provides you with everything required to build a complete SimpleBot including a Raspberry Pi, a PiLeven, a SimpleBot Shield, servos, and all other parts.

OHC2015 Assembly Project: SimpleBot

SimpleBot Technical Overview

SimpleBot Assembly Instructions

Assembly session registration form