The FOSSi Foundation is registered as a not-for-profit in the UK (as a Community Interest Company). The foundation is formed by the members and backed by sponsors.

The FOSSi Foundation is managed by a board of directors, along with a secretary. The foundation is working on various projects to bring forward the goals formulated in our manifesto. We have set up committees to structure the progress of our projects.

If you are interested to become a part of the FOSSi Foundation and help us reaching our goals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.


Jonathan Balkind

Jonathan has been a trusted member of the FOSSi community for many years, where he has shown great skill in solving challenging technical problems, as well as teaching hardware design, and communicating the benefits of doing so openly.

Andrew Back

Andrew Back is convener for the UK Open Source Hardware User Group and co-organises the annual Wuthering Bytes technology festival. He is a long time proponent of open source hardware, with a keen interest in licensing and community building. Andrew acts as treasurer for the FOSSi Foundation.

Julius Baxter

Julius' involvement with free and open source semiconductor design began with his work as part of the OpenRISC community in 2008. After initial technical contributions, he's since focused on promoting greater community coordination, finding a solution for copyleft semiconductor design licensing, and encouraging greater uptake of the technology by the wider semiconductor industry.

Olof Kindgren

Olof became actively involved with free and open source silicon through the OpenRISC project in 2011. He has since then worked in many areas with a special interest in tools and collaborations. Also known as the maintainer of the FuseSoc IP core package manager - a tool for collaborations.

Philipp Wagner

A long-time free and open source veteran, Philipp has been involved in various projects over the last decade. With interests from web development to hardware architectures, he loves to bring together different communities and approaches.

Stefan Wallentowitz

Stefan is a curious developer and has been involved in the OpenRISC project for many years and is contributor and maintainer of several free and open source projects around SoC design. He is professor at Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Advisors to the board

Peter Gielda

Peter has always been involved with open source and made spreading the adoption of open software, hardware and silicon lay at the foundations of Antmicro back in 2009. A member of the RISC-V Foundation's Technical Committee, he is also active in CHIPS Alliance, the Linux Foundation and the Zephyr Project.

Simon Cook

Simon has keen interests in open source hardware and software. He maintains the AAP project, an open source processor designed to improve software tooling for all hardware architectures. Simon acts as secretary to the FOSSi Foundation.



  • Chaired by: Philipp Wagner
  • The decision making in the cocotb project is done by the maintainers.


  • Chaired by: Olof Kindgren & Julius Baxter
  • Alex Bradbury, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Davide Rossi, Università di Bologna, Italy


  • Jeremy Bennett
  • David Patterson


  • Chaired by: Julius Baxter & Stefan Wallentowitz
  • Michael Gielda, Antmicro
  • Andrew Back, ABOpen and FOSSi Foundation

Google Summer of Code

  • Chaired by: Jonathan Balkind
  • Students are mentored by a trusted community members.


  • Chaired by: Philipp Wagner
  • Oleg Nenashev, Jenkins Project


  • Chaired by: Stefan Wallentowitz & Julius Baxter
  • Andrew Back, ABOpen and FOSSi Foundation
  • Ben Hilburn, GNURadio
  • Javier Serrano, CERN
  • Josh Triplett

Recent activity

12 Sep 2023 » El Correo Libre Issue 66
Pragmatic Semi Plans Out OpenLane Compatibility, “Democratising IC Design” Pragmatic Semiconductor, best known for its work in making flexible yet..... more

08 Aug 2023 » El Correo Libre Issue 65
Welcome the Google Summer of Code Class of 2023 The FOSSi Foundation is happy to introduce our Google Summer of..... more

11 Jul 2023 » El Correo Libre Issue 64
ORConf and ORktoberfest Just two months remain until the return of ORConf! ORConf, the leading conference focused on open source..... more

02 Jul 2023 » GSoC Class of 2023
The FOSSi Foundation is happy to introduce our Google Summer of Code Class of 2023 projects. This year we are..... more

12 Jun 2023 » El Correo Libre Issue 63
Ten Years of Making Verification Fun Again Hardware verification can be as rewarding as a treasure hunt. Or as tedious..... more

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