[Discuss] Ideal government support for open hardware businesses

Christian Villum villum at autofunk.dk
Sun Apr 22 04:55:46 UTC 2018

Hi Joshua,

I share your interest in this space, and would be curious to learn more of
the nature of such government support systems.

To pitch in: Not sure this meets the criteria, but in Denmark we are
running a program called REMODEL, which seeks to help
hardware/manufacturing businesses grow through the development of new open
source-based business models and strategies:


*In Denmark, 10 companies have started exploring new business models for
open source manufacturing in a design-sprint program called REMODEL funded
by the Danish government. The companies, who have signed up through an open
call, come from traditional industries such as furniture, water pump
systems, industrial cutting tools and chemical products, and range from
startups and SME-size to some of Denmarks largest corporations such as
Novozymes and Grundfos.*

*Over the course of the program, which runs as an 8 weeks design sprint -
inspired by the Google Sprint format, but revised into a decentralized,
virtual process - the ambition for the companies in going open source has
been to become able to involve customers and users as co-creators and
thereby rapidly increase the speed at which innovation happens. *

*REMODEL is facilitated by Danish Design Centre, the publicly funded
non-profit national design organisation of Denmark, which is using the
exploratory case work of the companies to create a full-fledged open source
manufacturing business model toolkit. The toolkit will made available under
an open license for free use by anyone later in 2018. An early version of
the REMODEL program was tested in small scale last year with renowned high
fidelity manufacturer Bang & Olufsen, who subsequently has put out their
first open source hardware product on the shelves this spring.*

*Read more about the REMODEL programme here: *

*Read about the participating companies here: *

*Learn about Bang & Olufsen’s BeoCreate product: *


Happy to elaborate and discuss further if relevant.

Venlige hilsner / Kind regards

*Christian Villum*

Programme Director / Programleder

Cell: +45 20 87 71 53

Skype: christianvillum

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On 28 March 2018 at 21:33, Joshua <joshua.m.pearce at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi All
> It is nice to see all the progress we have made as a community. Rather
> than settle for open hardware simply gaining traction organically, I have
> been working on projects to help accelerate the uptake (e.g. see this
> issue of the National Academy of Engineering's magazine
> <https://www.nae.edu/19582/Bridge/174695.aspx>). My current project is
> specifically looking at mechanisms to leverage government support to grow
> libre businesses.
> For that I could use some help from you with established businesses with a
> few questions. Please feel respond to me directly or to the whole list:
> 1. Have you taken advantage of any existing programs at the federal, state
> or local level e.g. SBIR/STTR etc?
> 2. For development of future OS products what would be your ideal type of
> government program?
> 3. Have you had any unique challenges as an OS company that you would like
> to see fixed (either for yourself or those companies that come after you)?
> 4. If you are successful - and if your open to it I would love to use
> whatever financial information you would be comfortable sharing (e.g. price
> comparison between your products and the closest proprietary competitors
> and # of sales to estimate the cost savings for the overall economy)
> All the best,
> Joshua
> --
> Joshua M. Pearce, Ph.D.
> Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair
> Professor
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