Last week, the Open Hardware Platform Wevolver won the prestigious “3-DIY” Interactive Innovation Award at the world famous SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. SXSW Interactive honors the best and latest advancements in the digital industry and brings the most exciting emerging technologies to the forefront of popular culture.
Very much rooted into the growth of open source and affordable 3D printing, Wevolver.com, lets makers share and discover the files and instructions needed for creating amazing open hardware projects. This includes an open source motorcycle (Tinker), a 3D printable human-sized robot (InMoov) and an open source robotic observatory, capable of communicating with the International Space Station (Ultrascope). This culture of sharing and innovating technology allows anyone, anywhere, to make, improve and collaborate on anything they can imagine.
The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrates the most inspiring and creative innovations in the connected world. Wevolver won the award in the category “3-DIY” for making 3D printing technology more accessible for everyone.
Of the hundreds of application submitted, Wevolver was one of 65 finalists selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts. These 65 finalists were divided into 13 categories, which includes Health Med & Biotech, Innovation in Connecting People, Innovative 3-DIY, New Economy, Wearable Tech and Sci-Fi No Longer, among others.
“Getting this award at SXSW as a young startup is fantastic, especially for the open hardware movement. This movement, where project creators share all the knowledge and files from their hardware project openly, is a relatively young movement,” said Richard Hulskes, co-founder of Wevolver. “The fact that SXSW recognises this is very important because it brings open hardware to the attention of a large audience. This and the fact that people have easy access to the knowledge and tools, such as 3D printers, will make people realise that they can make a lot of technology themselves.”
In 2015, Wevolver also won the Accenture Innovation Award in the category “Health and Wellbeing” for their part in making advanced DIY prosthetics more accessible. Wevolver co-founders, Richard Hulskes and Bram Geenen, are currently taking a 7-week tour across the United States to meet the designers, engineers and inventors who are working together to make these open hardware projects a reality.