Open Hardware Summit Chair - Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA)
August 10, 2021
New York City, NY
Job Type


The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) is looking for a Chair to the annual Open Hardware Summit set for April 22, 2022 in NYC @ NYU. This is an excellent opportunity to help shape the first in-person Summit since 2019, as well as to connect with the Open Hardware Community.

The Summit Chair helps to oversee the annual Open Hardware Summit. They work with OSHWA’s Executive Director, the Speaker Chair, and venue staff to produce the Summit.  The Summit Chair is also an ex officio member of the OSHWA board for the duration of the position.

The Summit Chair is a paid, part-time position of $10,000. It begins in September of 2021 and concludes in early May of 2022.  The Open Hardware Summit Playbook establishes milestones that allow for flexible time commitments in the months leading up to the Summit. The Chair should expect to be on site and work full days on April 20, 21, and 22 of 2022. As we approach the Summit dates, the time commitment of the position will ramp up. OSHWA pays travel expenses related to the Summit.

OSHWA strongly encourages all people to apply (please circulate widely), especially those who hold the following intersecting identities: Black, Native or Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, non-binary, persons living with disabilities, neurodivergent, young, speak English as a second language, and others with lived experience in overlooked and/or underestimated communities.

The main tasks for the Summit Chair are:

Regularly updating the Summit website (runs on WordPress)
Promoting the Summit to open hardware and open hardware-adjacent communities in the NYC area and around the world
Overseeing the Summit social media presence
Recruiting Summit keynote speakers
Managing the Ada Lovelace Fellowship application process
Designing the Summit staging and visual identity (either directly or by coordinating with an outside designer)
Planning any pre or post parties (COVID permitting)

The Summit Chair is not expected to:

Fundraise for the Summit
Make venue or catering decisions
Manage venue A/V
Manage ticketing infrastructure
Maintain Summit website infrastructure
Manage the non-keynote speaker selection process

Candidates for this position must have:

Demonstrated experience organizing and managing community events
A connection to the open source hardware community
Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines
The ability to be in NYC for the Summit (COVID permitting)

Ideal candidates for this position will also have:

Experience promoting events
Experience with community building
Experience designing stage and event spaces either directly or as a collaborator with other designers

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OSHWA will begin reviewing applications on August 16 and then on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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