Open Hardware and why it matters - MinnowBoard MAX case study

Short Form


Open hardware is poised to change the world, particularly with the oncoming onslaught of IoT. If we can successfully migrate more of the industry to a model more closely resembling the open source software movement, we genuinely do stand a chance of changing the world.


Open Hardware is starting to change the way the world works, giving more people access to customizable hardware, and giving more power to smaller entities. I intend to give a general overview of open hardware, focusing on the MinnowBoard MAX, and use it as a case study of what people are doing with it and why the open hardware is important to the space it’s entering.

Speaking experience

I've been speaking for a number of years, having spoken multiple years at the Ottawa Linux Symposium, OSCon, LinuxCon, Embedded Linux Conference (North America and Europe), PDX Byte, FOSDEM, SCaLE and probably more places my tired brain is going to forget about right now


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    John Hawley

    Intel - OTC / MinnowBoard


    John ‘Warthog9’ Hawley led the system administration team on for nearly a decade, leading a team including four other administrators. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He’s the author of PXE Knife, a set of interfaces around common utilities and diagnostics tools needed by an average systems administrator, as well as SyncDiff(erent) a state-full file synchronizer and file transfer mechanism. He currently works for Intel working on Open Hardware, and the Minnowboard. In his free time he enjoys cooking extravagant meals and watching bad movies.