Community Participation

AB Open are active in numerous open source communities in addition to working on client sponsored initiatives. We also produce and support community events and host free-to-use services by way of our own small contribution.

Things Calderdale

Things Calderdale is a hub for Internet of Things (IoT) and Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) activities in the metropolitan borough of Calderdale. Through this initiative AB Open provide support for both commercial and non-commercial applications, via platforms for collaboration and experimentation.

We operate a number of LoRaWAN gateways connected to The Things Network, and are one of six companies selected to deliver the IoTUK Boost LPWAN testbed programme, which provides support to SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Wuthering Bytes

AB Open produces the annual Wuthering Bytes festival, a celebration of technology that in 2017 took place over the course of a 10 days, with themes including source hardware and software, FPGA programming and open source digital design.

Talks and workshops have covered a diverse range of technical topics, from the future of microprocessors to the pre-electric roots of electronic music, and from design for manufacture to rocket science.

Open Source Hardware User Group

AB Open sponsors meetings of the Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG), a group with a shared interest in Open Source Hardware that host regular talks in London and a two day annual conference in Hebden Bridge.

Talks and workshops have covered topics ranging from embedded computing and chip design, to the Internet of Things and Software-Defined Radio.


AB Open operates the SolderPad service, a place to share and discover electronic projects. Schematics, boards and bills of materials are clearly presented making projects easier to review and construct.

A SolderPad project project is a git repository, making it simple to import and clone projects. A project can be hosted on GitHub and also pushed to SolderPad.

The service is provided free for open source projects.

Community Management

We provide services to companies that sponsor the development of technical communities and are able to help with their establishment, evolution and day-to-day running. Working with trusted partners we are able to deliver and support best-of-breed community platforms which integrate tools such as blogs, wikis, version control and forums. Read More

Open Source Consulting

Open source is about community, principles and practices, and our project experience ranges from mass market consumer electronics to next-generation technologies. We can help with everything from IP due diligence, through ongoing governance for hardware and software projects, to defining a comprehensive open source strategy. Read More

Special Projects

Whether a one-off demonstrator for a trade show or a development kit for engineers and designers, the creative application of technology can make all the difference. Thanks to a diverse experience base, an extensive network of associates and well equipped workshop facilities, we are able to develop effective solutions that get noticed. Read More

Event Production

We are experienced in producing workshops and “hackathons” that are hands-on and where the objective is to develop new skills or create prototypes. We have also produced numerous larger conferences, such as the annual Wuthering Bytes technology festival. Read More


Although consulting is our primary focus we also develop products for technical and enthusiast markets that are sold via the Ground Electronics® brand. Given our commitment to open source, wherever possible the associated design files and/or software source code is provided under liberal licensing. Read More