You may recall we wrote of a contest sponsored by Aleph Objects, makers of the LulzBot line of personal 3D printers, to provide selected hackerspaces with free equipment. Now, they’ve done so.
The contest involved having hackerspaces worldwide provide evidence they’ve strongly supported the open source hardware community in some way.
Evidently many spaces do just that, as Aleph Objects was easily able to select no less than 32 winners, each of which will be awarded with a modern LulzBot TAZ 3D printer for their operations.
The winners (and their open source hardware projects):
- FUBAR Labs in NJ, USA won for working on a 3D printed, liquid-fuel rocket engine!
- Unallocated Space in Severn, Maryland, USA won for their multiple contributions to Libre Innovation (Open Source Hardware, Free Software): http://www.unallocatedspace.org/wiki/Main_Page
- Making Awesome in Tallahassee, FL, USA won for helping us make Stacking Layers II 2015 a great event!
- HacDC in Washington, DC, USA won for accelerating the lost PLA casting technique using microwave ovens!
- Wemake Association in Milan, Italy won for their development on an Open Source fablab access system!
- Post Tenebras Lab in Geneva, Switzerland won for working with CERN as a tester for KiCAD!
- Makerspace Madrid in Madrid, Spain won for writing the Manual de Sueprvivencia Maker!
- MakeInBo in Bologna, Italy won for building a light-finding, plant carrying robot!
- Liberating Ourselves Locally in Oakland, CA, USA won for creating safe space for women, lgbqt, and person of color to participate in tech/maker communities.
- Fab Lab El Paso in El Paso, TX, USA won for their open-source Urban Agriculture initiative projects!
- Technarium in Vilnius, Lithuania won for having many incredible Open Source Hardware projects!
- eLab Hackerspace in Faro, Portugal won for having the longest entry of 6+ pages!
- Bricolabs in A Coruna, Spain won for working with the CloneWar Spanish movement, starting the Galician node of self-cloned 3D printers.
- Sector67 in Madison, WI, USA won for their work on NSA Away
- realraum in Graz, Austria won for OpenBioLabGraz - the DIY biolab within the hackerspace!
- Splatspace in Durham, NC, USA won for being a repeat submission and winner of the Hackerspace Giveaway last year!
- Decatur Makers in Decatur, GA, USA won for a successful Kickstarter!
- Ocean State Maker Mill in Pawtucket, RI, USA won for their contributions to the Marlin firmware!
- 757 Makerspace in Norfolk, VA, USA won for being the first makerspace set up as a Benefit Corporation!
- The Maker Station in Marietta, GA, USA won for participation in EDexpo 2015!
- FabLab Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany won for developing thier LabAutomation System, aka LabNet!
- CT Hackerspace in Watertown, CT, USA won for their work on Open Source Hardware project "Open Sesame!"
- Dlabs in Zaragoza, Spain won for their work with OpenCuriosity2014
- SpaceLab in Mokena, IL, USA won for Project Libity, a crowdsourced game controller
- CoLAB/Hackerspace Phnom Penh in Phnom Penh, Cambodia won for helping test new open hardware Arduino shields and giving feedback on early prototypes.
- Staten Island Makerspace in Staten Island, NY, USA won for their 3D printing truck!
- Makerspace Urbana in Champaign, IL, USA won for working on a AA battery-powered 3D printed soldering iron!
- ProtoSpace Utrecht in Utrecht, Netherlands won for holding the RepRap masterclass, which helped start a famous 3D printing manufacturing company!
- Accomack TEC Hub in Onancock, VA, USA won for sending CubeSats into space (with future LulzBot parts)!
- Stratum 0 in Braunschweig, Germany won for their work on Boardgames for the Blind
- Umea Hackerspace in Umea, Sweden won for the maintenance of GNUsocial
- base48 in Brno, Czech Republic won for Smoothieboard, an open hardware board for 3D printers.
- FreesideATL in Atlanta, GA, USA won for being a repeat winner and cool cosplay projects!
It’s often discoveries or inventions from communities like this that pave the way for an explosion of new innovation, as other projects leverage their discoveries for new uses. The fact that LulzBot recognizes and rewards them is a good thing.