GOSH 2016 was about connecting people and sharing stories, creating coherent ideas about what open science hardware is, and dreaming about what it might be. One of the main outcomes was the GOSH Manifesto, a clear statement of our shared values and intentions.

The goal of GOSH 2017 is to bring the spirit of our Manifesto to life. This includes concrete outcomes for individual participants, like sharing experiences as users and developers of open science hardware, identifying best practices, collaborating to create opportunities and address failures, and building lasting relationships.

We will also focus on pursuing our shared goals and vision. In 2017 we believe that goal is to…

Build a roadmap to bring together the people, skills and tools needed to make open science hardware ubiquitous by 2025.

GOSH 2017 is taking place from March 22-25th, 2017, at the Innovation Centre, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Participants are expected to attend all three days, and this is a requirement for anyone receiving travel funding. There are two additional days, March 26-27th, which are not required but will be held for participants to collaborate on projects and skills.


Day 1 – Meet and Share (public day)

Wednesday, March 22nd

Meet as many people so you know who you want to spend time with over the next 3 days!

8:00 – Meet fellow GOSHers at the hostel reception if you want to travel on the Metro together. Juanma Garcia will lead the way and help non-Spanish speakers.

8:00-9:30 Pick up name tags and food vouchers @ Innovation Centre
8:30 – 9:30 Breakfast (cantina)
9:30 – 9:45 Organizers introductions
9:45 – 10:00 Location introductions (what is where, rules, etc.)
10:00 – 10:20 GOSH – short history + background for this conference, intro to CoC
10:20 – 11:40 Speed meeting – get to know everyone (4 min each)
11:40 – 1:30 Lunch + setup posters and tables at your own pace


1:30 – 3:00 Tabling & posters
3:00-3:15 Anacleto Angelini Innovation Centre + Local University welcome
3:15-3:45 Outlining GOSH as a movement – so far, manifesto, roadmap, goals for this gathering. launch of the Journal of Open Hardware
3:45-4:45 5 x 10 minute stories
– Max Liboiron – Open Science Hardware for Equity
– Jorge Appiah – Open Science Hardware: A tool for Africa’s innovation and Development
– Andrew Thaler – Open Source for an Open Ocean
– Rafael Pezzi – Collaborative tools for open hardware development community
– Xiamyra Daal – BioHack Academy
4:45-5:15 Open discussion/Q&A
Break (can get food before reception, it will still be possible to get food afterwards as restaurants open late)
8:30 – reception at The Clinic/Bar Radicales (Monjitas 578)

Day 2 – Collaborate!

Thursday, March 23rd

Gives participants the chance to create sessions, either technical collaborations or discussion, skill shares, hardware walkthroughs or tear downs, or just collaboration time.  For example: “SMD soldering techniques for quick prototyping” to “How to facilitate local technology development in rural areas” to “Promoting OSH to major science funders” to “Why kids care about the ‘open’ in open science hardware”.

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast (cantina)
9:00 – 9:30 Quick facilitation training
9:30- 10:00 Unconference brainstorm : creating, categorizing, choosing sessions (day 2)
10:00 – 12:30 Morning session (2 x 1.0 hour sessions, run by participants)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (cantina)
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon session (2 x 1.5 hour sessions, run by participants)
4:30 – 5:15 Daily report back – reports from sessions, what was surprising, interesting, documentation …
6:30 – … Dinner, vouchers provided for The Clinic/Bar Radicales (Monjitas 578)

Day 3 – Produce + Plan

Friday, March 24th

One of the goals of the conference is to produce a draft of a GOSH roadmap which brings open science hardware into mainstream use. This day consolidates what we learned, and tries to achieve some consensus about what to do next.  In the morning, we will be working on specific skill share sessions which participants have prepared on topics including facilitation, business planning, documentation, marketing, PCB design, soldering, etc.

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast (cantina)
9:00 – 12:00 Morning skill share session (2 x 1.5 hour sessions)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (cantina)
1:00 – 2:30 2025: Creating a common vision for open science hardware
2:30 – 5:00 How do we get there? Refining and implementing the roadmap (split into groups)
6:30 – … Dinner + event at local maker space

Day 4 – Interact + explore

Saturday, March 25th

The fourth day is open for participants to plan sessions, with local interactions and outings particularly encouraged. Current suggestions include a combination of technical workshops with local students (e.g. building microscopes), build sessions focused on particular pieces of hardware, visits to local maker spaces and public events.

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9-9:30 Unconference brainstorm. Expect some full day / travel activities also.
9:30- 12:30 Morning session (go off site for tour, workshop, demonstration, etc)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (cantina)
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon session (go off site for tour, workshop, demonstration, etc)
4:30 – 5:15 Next steps + closing remarks
5:15 – 5:35 Conference Feedback + goodbyes
6:30 – Dinner on your own + night time activities (probably more than one)

Day 5 + 6 – Get to work (optional)

Sunday + Monday, March 26 + 27

These are days reserved for collaborations. Facilities, tools, and spaces will be available for GOSH participants and collaborators to do the hard work of integrating ideas, tools, software, methods, partnerships, projects, etc. Because of the global nature of the GOSH network, it’s important to create time at this conference explicitly for this purpose.