Dive into OPEN!NEXT

On this page you will find info on pilots, learnings and deliverables from OPEN!NEXT.

Sono Motors

User-designed vehicle add-ons

Together with Prototypes Berlin, Sono Motors are developing open source add-ons for the solar cell electric car.

  • Sion Parts for Future
  • Sion Multibox
  • Sion PowerPlanter

Sono Motors selected 10 projects from 60+ submissions for co-development through community voting. Six projects, including , Sion PowerPlanter - Charging status indicator for your home, Sion Multibox,  and many more, were featured, forming Sion Parts for Future.

Get to know the winners and their ideas for future.

A storage system for sharing and camping, made for the Sion. Formerly know as "Lockable trunk box".
Smart charging indicator for your home. The device can display the charging status of your electric car, wherever you need it. It can even remind you to plug in. The integrated plant fully offsets the CO2 needed to power the device

Fiction Factory

Collaborative wood-creations

Co-designing new ways to minimize leftover wood-waste from furniture production owith WaaG.

  • Wood Waste Toolkit
  • Nesting Game
  • Laser Cutter

Join our sustainability revolution! We're repurposing Fiction Factory's wood waste into an open-source toolkit, making digital wood production more efficient in a nine-month research pilot.

Learn more and lets build a greener future together.

Explore the Nesting Game by Fiction Factory! Dive into interactive product nesting with our stop-motion video revealing the 'how' and 'why.'

Watch and enter a realm where strategy meets creativity.

Experience precision with our innovative 130W CO2 laser cutter on a 1220x1220mm canvas. Enjoy auto Z-height adjustment, built-in exhaust fan, and integrated controller for seamless, smoke-free creativity and efficient sheet storage. This tool is your portal to boundless artistic possibilities.

Find the documentation here!

XYZ Cargo

Customisable cargo bikes

Simple cargo bikes that easily transforms thanks to customisable add-on modules.

  • XYZ Cargo ADD-ONS
  • Food Module
  • Sound Module
  • Workshop Module

Explore XYZ CARGO ADD-ONS –  versatile modules transforming your cargo bike into a Food Bike, Sound Bike or Mobile Workshop Lab. Swift, easy installation lets you adapt your cargo bike on the go – meeting exactly your current needs! 

Check the hardware documentation here - including all necessary files, especially the 3D files!  

The Food Bike module – transforming your cargo bike into a mobile kitchen with storage, cooking appliances, and a charming serving area for curb-side cooking or catering events.

The Sound Bike module – turn your cargo bike into a mobile music station in no time. Whether you're a musician or just love to share music as a DJ while riding around – the Sound Bike Module will empower you to bring life to the streets of your city! 

The Workshop Bike module – turns your bike into a rolling hub of creativity. Equipped with tool storage, a work surface, a mobile power station and customizable racks for materials - seamlessly transitioning from cargo transport to a fully functional mobile workshop.


Purposeful desk add-ons

Interchangeable modules and incentive models co-developed with MAKER Copenhagen

  • Last Desk™
  • StayTheF***Home Desk
  • Build with Stykka

A versatile, sustainably crafted workstation. Elevate your work experience with plugins such as: wireless charging, OLED controller, and high-speed USB charger and more.

Watch the video  and read the Forbes Article to know more!

Transform your workspace swiftly with Stykka's eco-friendly DIY flat-pack workstation – a three-fold cardboard desk perfect for remote work. Assemble it effortlessly for a sustainable and recyclable solution. Redefine your workspace with style and purpose.

Read the article to know more!

Built with technology in every layer! RFID and QR codes on Stykka's products ensure traceability and connect your inventory with its digital twin on the operating platform Speckle.

Find out more here!


An open science lab in your pocket

An open source hardware add-on to Android or iPhone that allows the user to connect to potentially hundreds of available sensors. 

  • PSLab
  • OpenTech Summit

Turn your Android phone or PC into a scientific hub with the Open Source PSLab board! Connect easily to various sensors, no programming needed. For developers, it's a canvas for innovation—customize firmware and hardware.

Learn more about PSLab or join the development here!

Meshcon and OpenTech Summit unite the free and open source software, the open source hardware, and the maker community. This convergence of ideas, technologies, and sectors promises to fuel novel projects aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals. See the updates from 25 Nov. 2023's summit.


Air quality sensors by ordinary citizens

Concerned citizens being invited into the development of electronic sensors and building a community around better air quality.

  • SODAQ Air Quality Map
  • Launch @WAAG

Meet the SODAQ AIR, your personal portable air quality companion. A platform where everyone can access the live data. Get real-time data for informed decisions, ensuring a healthier you wherever you go!

Find the hardware documentation and future updates here!

Each trip you take tells a unique story about the air quality, all of which you can access by inputting your AIR’s unique identifier into the Know Your AIR global map.

On Nov 8, 2021, WAAG hosted an event “Open Next: The shared future of open-source hardware”. The panel discussed the potential and roadmap for a collaborative and innovative open-source hardware future.

Watch Co-Founder Ollie Smeenk introduce SODAQ AIR in the panel discussion.

Show Me the Money

Throughout five podcast episodes, we talk to open-source frontrunners, thought leaders, and experts about the business of going open.

This podcast is produced by DDC – Danish Design Center

#01 Where’s the Money in Open-Source Hardware?

The hosts introduce the Revenue Model Catalog – an open-source collection of strategic approaches and best practice examples from businesses making money by giving away their blueprint for free.

#02 The Return of the Commons – Can Open-Source Democratize Product Design?

Paul Stacey, former Associate Director of Global Learning for Creative Commons, shares some essential knowledge, insights, and inspirations about the origins of the commons, the path to where we are today, and how open-source is changing the future of product design.

#03 And Then There was RepRap – How an Open-Source Project Gave Birth to an Industry

In this episode, open-source royalty and the main protagonist behind RepRap, Adrian Bowyer, share his experiences from the RepRap project and help us reflect on the episodes-old question; going open vs. staying closed.

#04 Sharing a Little or a Lot – How Do You Decide What and How to Open Up?

We sit down with Martin Häuer of Open Source Ecology Germany to understand which options are available for businesses when navigating beyond the trenches of the closed-source economy.

#05 Building a Jurassic Park – When Patents Go Extinct, What’s the Alternative?

In this episode, we ask Jaime Arredondo to uncover the thoughts and principles behind his perhaps most bold idea to date: The Open Patent.

Open Hardware Future Talk Pt.1

Why is Open Source  such a promising alternative to traditional product creation? 

Open Hardware
Future Talks

During the pandemic, we gathered project partners and open-source enthusiasts online to discuss the benefits, possibilities and challenges of open-source hardware production.


#1 Popular press publications

Jochem, R. (2020). The future of product creation is open and community-based. Research Outreach, 113, pp. 6-9. doi: 10.32907/ro-113-69

Voigt, M., Wessolek, D. (2022). Technik selbst gestalten – Open-Source-Hardware: verstehen, bauen, nutzen und verbessern. Magazin für Computertechnik (c’t Magazine), 1, pp. 58-63. URL: https://www.heise.de/select/ct/2022/1/2127212454123814334

Häuer, M. (2022). DIN SPEC 3105: Offene Hardware standardisiert dokumentieren. Magazin für Computertechnik (c’t Magazine), 1, pp. 64-65. URL: https://www.heise.de/select/ct/2022/1/2131314241910359645

Bonvoisin, J. (2020). DIN SPEC 3105 Explained. Online publishing platform Medium, Medium Corporation, 27 August 2020. URL: https://medium.com/@journalopenhw/din-spec-3105-explained-2cce6134c207

#2 Project deliverables

Find all approved deliverables here: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/869984/results

For more information, please contact us directly.

#3 Scientific publications

Mies, R., Bonvoisin, J. (2023). Collaborative capacity of open source hardware communities: A cross-sectional study. In: Proceedings IEEE 28th ICE/ITMC & 31st IAMOT Joint Conference, 19.-23.06.2022, Nancy, pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.1109/ice/itmc-iamot55089.2022.10033289This paper received the IEEE ICE best paper award

Peters, I., Hofer, M., Gloss, T.M., Stark, R. (2023). Success factors for Company-Community-Collaboration in Open-Source Hardware Development facilitated by Makerspaces. In: Proceedings 2022 IEEE International Conference on Technology Management, Operations and Decisions (ICTMOD), Marrakech, pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1109/ICTMOD55867.2022.10041883

Antoniou, R., Bonvoisin, J., Hsing, P., Dekoninck, E., & Defazio, D. (2022). Defining success in open source hardware development projects: A survey of practitioners. Design Science, 8, E8. DOI: 10.1017/dsj.2021.30

Hassan, M., Mies, R. & Jochem, R. (2022). Key Enablers towards Mature Company-community Collaboration in Open Source Hardware. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management. DOI: 10.3917/jie.pr1.0135

Mies R., & Häuer, M., Hassan, M. (2022). Introducing Readiness Scales for Effective Reuse of Open Source Hardware. Procedia CIRP, 109, pp. 635-640. DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2022.05.306

Antoniou, R., Pinquié, R., Boujut, J., Ezoji, A., & Dekoninck, E. (2021). Identifying the factors affecting the replicability of open source hardware designs. Proceedings of the Design Society, 1, pp. 1817-1826. DOI: 10.1017/pds.2021.443

Bonvoisin, J., Mies, R., & Boujut, J. (2021). Seven observations and research questions about Open Design and Open Source Hardware. Design Science, 7, E22. DOI: 10.1017/dsj.2021.14

Ezoji, A., Pinquie, R., Boujut, J.F. (2021). Towards a Better Understanding of Open Source Hardware Design Reuse in Company-Community Collaboration. In: Roucoules, L., Paredes, M., Eynard, B., Morer Camo, P., Rizzi, C. (eds) Advances on Mechanics, Design Engineering and Manufacturing III. JCM 2020. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-70566-4_24

Ezoji, A., Boujut, J.F., Pinquie, R. (2021).  Requirements for design reuse in open-source hardware: a state of the art, Procedia CIRP, 100, pp. 792-797. DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2021.05.042

Bihr, P., Bohn, S., & Send, H. (2021). Freie Technologien für die Gesellschaft. In: M. Gibson-Kunze, C. Golbeck, A. Halfmann, & T. J. Smith, Die Große Transformation in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, 36. Berlin: UVG-Verlag. URL: https://www.hiig.de/publication/freie-technologien-fuer-die-gesellschaft/

Bonvoisin, J., Molloy, J., Häuer, M. & Wenzel, T. (2020). Standardisation of Practices in Open Source Hardware. Journal of Open Hardware, 4(1): 2, pp. 1–11. DOI: 10.5334/joh.22