openUC2@GOSH Hackathon

openUC2@GOSH Hackathon

openUC2@GOSH Hackathon

Introducing the UC2 Open Optics Hackathon: Join us for an Unforgettable Event!

Are you passionate about open-source technology and scientific innovation? Look no further! We are thrilled to announce the UC2 Open Optics Hackathon, where we bring together You, the brightest minds in the community to revolutionize the world of optics.

For the past five years, the modular open-source optics platform “UC2” (You.See.Too.) has been making (light)-waves in education and professional settings worldwide. Thanks to the invaluable contributions from enthusiasts like yourself, we have created a collaborative environment that fosters open development for scientific instruments. Together, we are redefining the boundaries of scientific exploration.

To further our commitment to open hardware, we are proud recipients of funding from the Gathering of Open-Source Hardware (GOSH). With this support, we aim to enhance the functionality of open optics and make it even more valuable to our community. We invite you to be part of this exciting journey and define the next steps in this journey!

Join us on July 14th and 15th at the “Lichtwerkstatt” in Jena, Germany, for an intensive ~24-hour hackathon. This vibrant event will be a melting pot of ideas, collaboration, and creativity. Together, we will bring community-suggested ideas to life, be it UC2-based modules, setups, plugins, or related topics. Are you ready to unleash your imagination?

During the hackathon, we will provide all the necessary resources: parts, cubes, tools, 3D printers, and even some lasers and lenses. Fuel your creativity with delicious pizza, refreshing beverages, and a friendly atmosphere. We will document our progress, work hard, and embrace openness, ensuring that all results are shared with the community.

Don’t worry if you can’t physically join us in Jena; you can actively or passively participate online. We will be live-streaming the event and recording the sessions, ensuring that no one misses out on this incredible opportunity.

To make this hackathon an unforgettable experience, we have some exciting extras planned for you. On top of the intensive hacking, we’ll be hosting a JAM session where you can showcase your musical talents and enjoy a fun-filled evening. And if you’re worried about accommodation, fear not! We recommend the cozy B&B in Jena for our far-away participants and can try to arrange travel grants.

Here are some key details for your convenience:

  • Date: July 14th-15th, 2023
  • Time: 13:00 to 12:59 (yes, you read that right!)
  • Location: Lichtwerkstatt Jena, Albert-Einstein-Straße 6, 07745 Jena, Germany
  • What you would need to bring: motivation, perhaps a laptop, perhaps some old optics, perhaps a musical instrument

Act fast, as the deadline for applications is approaching!

If you’re bursting with ideas involving photons and are eager to develop an open-source prototype, our “hack my module” challenge is tailor-made for you. Submit your innovative idea, and the community (via the GOSH forum, Twitter, and LinkedIn) will vote for the best entries. The top three ideas with the most votes will be brought to life during the hackathon.

If you’re new to UC2, we encourage you to visit our website at or explore our GitHub repository at for a deeper understanding of our platform.

Rest assured, all the exciting results from the hackathon will be published in our GitHub repository at, showcasing the incredible innovations born from this event.

For those traveling from afar, we understand the challenges and are here to support you. Reach out to us at

💻 Module Challenge

You have an idea for a module, setup or plugin that should be part of the UC2 system? Follow this link:

🗂️ Application Form

Do you want to be part of the hackathon? Please feel free to follow this link:

Benedict diederich

Benedict diederich

Frustrated with always having to invent optical setups from scratch, and inspired by rapid prototyping tools in electronics, Benedict is trying to make optics and microscopy a standard tool for everyone. Always curious about problems and their solutions, he is the tinkerer behind optics, electronics, software and beyond.