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Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

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As makers, we have the opportunity to build upon the ideas and innovations of those who came before us.  The “open” movement challenges us to consider the opportunities for innovations when ideas are not restricted or limited.   I believe that open sharing of ideas, open source hardware and open source software provide amazing opportunities for hackers, young students, and innovators.  I believe the following video by Massimo Banzi, co-creator of the Arduino,  captures the spirit of open innovation.   In my view, many of the most interesting ideas in this video were not born by established research organizations or technology firms. They were born from inspired and passionate students!

Abstract: Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.”

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