Open source hardware: from black box to open box

Most of the tools we use in our daily lives are manufactured with complex processes behind the doors of large companies. What if we, consumers, could create such tools ourselves and make our own bandsaws, drills or even CNC milling machines? What would then be our new “pro-sumer” role within the society? Could we start new businesses and creative activities with knowledge and technology available to everyone?

Waag and Mekanika are joining forces for a public program around so-called: open source hardware and collaborative design. Simply put: freely available blueprints and designing in collaboration rather than market competition. The evening is the festive conclusion of a two-day design marathon at Waag. During these two days, participants will design different open-source tools and publish the blueprints online. The winner of the design marathon will be announced during the evening and a panel of experts will discuss the future of product design, open-source objects and new business models arising from these concepts.

  • 16:30 – doors open
  • 17:00 – introduction & showcases from design marathon
  • 18:00 – announcement of winner design marathon & panel discussion
  • 19:00 – drinks & networking
  • 20:00 – end


  • Carolina Espinoza is an Industrial designer from Chile working as a design and project manager for the non-profit organization called Precious Plastic, that develops tools and machines to recycle plastic in a low scale. The knowledge is is shared online, open source and free for anyone to use and start a local recycling business.
  • Having been a global Fab Lab mentor since 2017, Daniele Ingrassia is the founder of InMachines Ingrassia GmbH a German based company developing and selling open source digital fabrication machines. The company is involved in Fab City Hamburg, for the development of the Open Lab Starter Kit, a complete set of open source machines for Open Labs.

More panel speakers to be announced.

Open Next
This design marathon is part of the European project Open Next. In this, Waag, together with international partners, investigates how we can change closed mass production into a process that is accessible to the consumer, who thus has more control over the final product.




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Open Next has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 869984.