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News article5 December 20181 min read

Webinar - How to foster open source hardware for science and beyond: the White Rabbit project

On 5 December 2018, Javier Serrano (CERN) and the Open Science Monitor Consortium shared the lessons learnt from the White Rabbit case and discussed on how to foster open source scientific hardware in Europe.Below you can see the recording from the webinar:

Speakers and presentations

  • Javier Serrano, Physicist, engineer, initiator and leader of the White Rabbit project, co-author of the CERN Open Hardware Licence and founder of the Open Hardware Repository at CERN
    5 DECEMBER 2018
    Open Source Hardware for Science and Beyond
  • Laia Pujol Priego, PhD candidate at ESADE Business School
    5 DECEMBER 2018
    Webinar: White Rabbit
  • David Osimo, Director of Research at The Lisbon Council
    5 DECEMBER 2018
    CERN’s White Rabbit


The webinar focused on one of the most innovative cases of open scientific hardware.

White Rabbit (WR) is a suite of open source scientific hardware initiated at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and developed in collaboration with a wide range of organizations worldwide and companies.  The original aim of WR was to upgrade the existing accelerator timing systems at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) and GSI (Darmstadt, Germany), but it has also been commercialized and deployed in different industries, such as Telecommunications, Financial Services, Smart Grids...

White Rabbit constitutes an example of how to transfer the open source software model to capital-intensive innovations; that is, how to motivate self-interested actors to open innovations developed with private resources without a guarantee of any kind of compensation. The severe complexity and heterogeneity of the contributors to White Rabbit’s development, combined with the plurality of market adoption trajectories, provides a unique opportunity to explore the phenomenon of open scientific hardware and its potential for the European economy. 


Publication date
5 December 2018