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A famous example how proprietary supply chains failed was the shortage of ventilators in many parts of the world at the beginning of the pandemic when borders are closed.Sharing knowledge openly and developing solutions collaboratively in the open source way provides a proven alternative which could be literally live-saving in a pandemic. In this session I will discuss what opportunities open source software and hardware provide to society in these times, what long term benefits global knowledge, design and technology sharing will have and how local production can even help to save the climate.