Please Vote! Open Hardware Scholarship Applicant!

OSHW logoHello everyone,

I’m delighted to announce that I’m an applicant to the Open Hardware Scholarship. It’s a grant of over $2000 for the completion of an open hardware project.  Without going into boring personal finance details, $2000 will allow me to more rapidly push the Open Source Scanning Tunneling Microscope project to the public beta stage.

The scholarship award will be chosen by votes, so please visit the Open Hardware Scholarship voting page (I’m the fifth one down on the left side of the page) in the next 24 hours  (voting ends September 15th 6pm EST) and vote for the project you feel is most deserving of a grant (hopefully this one).

Here is my 30 second application video (no, it’s not easy explaining this project with only 30 seconds and 500 characters):

Many thanks,

Sacha (Chemhacker)


UPDATE 2: thanks so very much for all the votes everyone! Sadly, microscopes lose to hydroponics. Winners list at

UPDATE: fixed the voting link, please go here:





9 Responses to “Please Vote! Open Hardware Scholarship Applicant!”

  1. AndyB says:

    Good luck! But the link provided didn’t work for me. Try this one instead:

  2. It’s great to see Chicago well-represented in the contest. :-) Are you attending the summit?

  3. Bob says:

    I gave up on this project a few months back because I thought it was dead. I hope I was wrong because I voted for it.

    • Sacha says:

      @Bob It’s alive, it’s just taking longer to get everything running than anyone would like, me included.

  4. Amit says:

    Hey Sacha,

    Just wanted to drop in and say I wish we both could have won! I actually tried to vote for your project after I cast mine for Bitponics ;) I hope you’re still able to continue working on the microscope kit, because I’d definitely like to see it become reality.

  5. Nikos Giannakis says:

    I would like to propose to you, for asking for donation from your supporters. I would like to support your stm project with 10€. Please could you tell me the details of a bank account that I can send you the money?.

    • Sacha says:

      Hi Nikos, thanks for the generous offer. I’ll look into a donations button that can take credit cards – probably the easiest and safest method for everyone.

  6. Joseph says:

    Do a crowd source fund raiser! I would definitely chip in! ;-)