Open Hardware Miniconf

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The OHMC is located in room E210 (second floor) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering building immediately north of the Centre Lecture Theatres (registration). Unfortunately, you can't head due north because of construction works. On of the volunteers may have left directions in chalk on the road / pavement. From registration head out the main door and walk due east along the road and follow it as it curves to the left. That will get you past the construction works. The entrance to the E&CE building is half-way along the south side.

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We are now over-subscribed for the 2019 Open Hardware Miniconf. However, we are leaving registrations open for a little longer so if you want to be on the waiting list you can still submit it. We also still have 4 diversity tickets available, so if that applies to you, please register.

Details for the Open Hardware Miniconf 2019 are at OHMC2019.

The Open Hardware Miniconf is a 1-day event that runs as a specialist stream within the conference. It gives participants an opportunity to learn basic hardware skills such as soldering, by assembling their own electronic project, and then the afternoon is filled with interesting talks about various projects and techniques related to the morning project and to open hardware in general.

The Open Hardware Miniconf began as the Arduino Miniconf in Wellington NZ in 2010 and has run every year since. Although Arduino is still a powerful and popular tool for learning about microcontroller development, the event has now grown in scope to cover broader Open Hardware topics including non-Arduino projects. In 2015, it took on its new identity as the Open Hardware Miniconf to reflect this broader interest.

To give you some idea what to expect, this is the hardware assembly session at the LCA2017 Open Hardware Mini-Conference:


And before that the LCA2016 Open Hardware Mini-Conference:


(Photo by Andy Gelme, CC2.0)

After the assembly session is over the room is cleaned up a bit and the talks begin. It's a fun and educational event!

Note: To attend you must first register for the main conference, which provides the venue. The Open Hardware Miniconf is part of LCA as a specialist stream for conference attendees: it's not a stand-alone event. See for more information.

Registration And Cost

As there is always a hardware build as part of the Open Hardware Miniconf, there is a registration form that needs to be completed, and a $65 cost for the kit.

As the OHMC is a miniconference, attendance is free for delegates, but if you wish to participate in the morning hardware assembly tutorial you will need to pre-register and purchase a kit. Space is limited so get in fast!

If you just want to come along and watch or attend the talks, you don't need to do anything. If you wish to participate in the hardware assembly tutorial, please submit the registration form.

See Open Hardware Miniconf 2018 for more information.


(Photo by Andy Gelme, CC2.0)

Previous Events

For historical reference: