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What is Hardware Freedom Day?

Hardware Freedom Day is a worldwide celebration of Open Hardware. Initiated in 2012 by the same organization behind Software Freedom Day it aims at educating the worldwide public about the benefits of using and promoting Open Hardware. It also provides an international day to serve as a platform to raise awareness to existing projects and communities around the world as well as encourage participation in local Open Hardware initiatives. The non-profit organization Digital Freedom Foundation coordinates HFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local HFD events to impact their own communities.

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We have envisioned Hardware Freedom Day as a day where existing DIY communities and hackerspaces would run "open door days" to give a glimpse of the minds, the projects and the tools they have to share with their local communities. We hope discussion centered around the benefits of hacking your own stuff will arise out of those event, both for people's personal interest and as mind opening opportunities for the younger crowd. Hopefully we could see simple hacking activities organized for children and newbies alike.

Hardware Freedom Day will be hosted annually starting this Saturday April 20th, 2013. From 2014 onwards. We are thinking to switch the date closer to Christmas to benefit from the enthusiasm from this gift giving period of the year.

Our Vision

Our vision is to empower all people to freely connect, create and share in a digital world that is participatory, transparent, and sustainable.

Objectives

  1. To celebrate Hardware freedom and the people making this vibrant community
  2. To foster a general understanding of hardware freedom, and encourage adoption of open hardware
  3. To create greater opportunities by encouraging people to learn to use and hack "their stuff" and share their knowledge about it
  4. To be inclusive of organizations and individuals that share our Vision
  5. To be pragmatic, transparent, and responsible as an organisation