The Open Source Challenge

The Community Solutions Initiative aim is to

The IEEE PES Community Solutions Initiative seeks to develop extremely affordable open-source electric energy solutions for developing-country communities and to support locally owned micro-business development to reach a significant portion of the unserved electricity population in each country of deployment.

What is  Open Source Hardware?

Open source hardware is hardware that is designed and offered in the same manner as free and open source software (FOSS). Open source hardware is part of the open source culture and applies the open source concept to hardware. The term usually means that information about the hardware is open to all. This would include the hardware design (i.e.schematicsbill of materials and PCB layout data), as well as a FOSS approach to the software that drives the hardware.

Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_hardware

Overview of Open Hardware Slideshow

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