element14 sponsored the Open Hardware Summit 2010 at the New York Hall of Science in September, and Limor Fried (aka Ladyada) of Adafruit Industries gave an inspirational keynote address about why people like her work on Open Source Hardware.
Working on Hardware can be lonely without a Community
We do Open Source Hardware to... join a community!
We do Open Source Hardware to... become better engineers!
We do Open Source Hardware... because what we make will outlast us!
Checkout the full talk on Adafruit's site: