The open source community has made its mark in the realm of software development, with powerhouses such as IBM, Microsoft and Google all using open source to support various software-based initiatives and developments.  Another large player, however, has recently emerged as a predominant figure in open source, one that people of all ages (three and up, to be exact) can enjoy: LEGOS.

By utilizing Github, one of the world’s most popular open source platforms, developers can search for different projects, started by different people, in an effort to create transformative new innovations that will have a lasting impact in years to come.

Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of these open sourced projects involve LEGOs. When perusing through Github, developers will find a variety of projects based around LEGOs—for example, a project that allows you to create custom decals (or clothes) for LEGO minifigs (LEGO people). Or, a developer may stumble upon a project that enables him or her to create music, electronically, with a 32×32 inch LEGO plate and 2×2 inch LEGO bricks. The latter of the two involves a little more technology—a webcam, basic coding knowledge, and music software—but nonetheless, it is possible to achieve.

The level of complexity for different projects varies; however, essentially anyone can contribute, which can lead to dynamic innovations such as phone docks, LEGOs with rotating gears and even a LEGO-specific program that enables developers to plan out their next LEGO build.

It’s interesting to draw a comparison between LEGO and open source development. As LEGO provides the base materials for children to bring a number of different ideas to life—a rolling car, a house, an animal—open source equips developers with the tools and instruction needed to  start and continue a myriad of potentially transformative innovations. The sky is the limit in both instances; the only thing preventing developers would be their own sense of imagination.