BFOSH is a mentoring program developed during my fellowship with Mozilla and Freies Wissen. It can be summarized as follows:

  1. In order to increase the reach and importance of Open Source Hardware in Science, we should developing research and educational tools based on demand.
  2. To learn what this demand was/is a survey was sent asking people what tools they needed in their institutions/community projects.
  3. Once the survey was concluded, a call for developers was made, and groups from different places in the world were supported with the components they needed to build a certain equipemnt, as well as weekly calls with assigned mentors to debate obstacles and help with other non-physical resources.
André Maia Chagas
Research bioengineer

I’m interested in increasing accessibility to research and education by making scientific hardware open and affordable.