The Teardown Sessions

by Crowd Supply

Conversations with people who make open source hardware

View all updates Oct 22, 2021

Teardown Session 9: community building with Straithe from Great Scott Gadgets

Join Crowd Supply’s Helen Leigh as she chats with Straithe, open source technical community manager at Great Scott Gadgets. They discuss the difficulties (and possibilities) of running a business centered around open source hardware, plus they look at the ways Great Scott Gadgets has built a loyal community around their range of devices. Straithe will be sharing knowledge about technical documentation, pull request etiquette, social media engagement, and building community in open hardware.

In this episode, you’ll learn how community building and management is an often overlooked, under-resourced part of an open source company, but it is vital to success. This episode has lots of information that can help you nurture and strengthen your company’s community. You’ll also learn about the vital role documentation (another often undervalued community asset) plays in building trust and encouraging community participation.

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Product Choices


Pixelblaze V3 Standard

From the Pixelblaze V3 project.

As featured in Teardown Session 10: LED blinkenlights wizard Ben Hencke talks Pixelblaze

The Pixelblaze V3 Standard comes with a solderable pin header and screw terminal



From the LUNA project.

As featured in Teardown Session 9: community building with Straithe from Great Scott Gadgets

A LUNA board in a beautiful, robust, CNC-milled, anodized-aluminum enclosure


Piunora Pro

From the Piunora project.

As featured in Teardown Session 7: product design and CE certification with Timonsku

A compact, feature-rich CM4 carrier board


MNT Reform

From the MNT Reform project.

As featured in Teardown session 6: Designing an open source laptop with Lukas F. Hartmann

A ready to go, open hardware MNT Reform laptop, Debian GNU/Linux 11 on SD card, and international power supply (110/230 V). Comes with QWERTY-US keyboard and Trackball module pre-installed. NOT INCLUDED: Wi-Fi Card or SSD.


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