JOSA mobilises makers and creators around open source hardware, from Arduino and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts to 3D printing specialists.



Our recent activities include:



Open COVID-19 hardware group

As the COVID-19 pandemic started, the need for quick ways to manufacture medical gear using local resources arose. A group of open source enthusiasts gathered, via a Facebook group, to brainstorm designs for: ventilators, personal protective equipment, and other sanitisation tools.



Open source medical hardware workshop

This workshop demonstrated how open source technologies can be used for the design of medical hardware. Mohammad Abu Matar from the Glia project talked about his experience in Gaza, designing medical hardware (stethoscopes and tourniquets) for a low-resource setting and conflict-stricken zone. The workshop introduced participants to the basics of CAD design with the OpenSCAD program, and 3D printing.



Arduino Day workshop

As a part of Arduino Day 2015, JOSA and RESC are organised a hands-on workshop, in which participants explored the use of Arduino as a central building block in smart home applications.




We always welcome highly technical people to join our roster of speakers and trainers. The topic should pertain to the open source movement, and not promote any company or closed source hardware. Email us at

Did you know?

HardwareX is an open access journal by Elsevier that promotes open source designs of scientific hardware, providing end-users. You can check it out here:

What does open hardware mean?

Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Prusa 3D printers, are all examples of open source hardware. This means that, while we can purchase them from electronics stores, we can also replicate them using local tools and resources. This is because the blueprints and manufacturing know-how of these hardware devices are made available for anyone to be able to replicate freely.