Let’s build a network of central European Fab Labs!
For two days in June, eight Fab Labs from central Europe gathered in Happylab Vienna for an exciting workshop on Fab Lab management best practices and different education formats. The exchange was particularly interesting due to the differences of the participating labs, since the labs differ in size, equipment and in their user base. On one hand, the smallest participating lab – Roglab in Ljubljana – is operating on only 30 square meters and on the other hand Maker Space Munich is one of the biggest labs in Germany with 1500 square meters.
All the participating labs are a part of the FabLabNet project. The project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund aims to connect Fab Labs in a Central European network. The project partners share experiences and develop activities to boost their knowledge and capacity. FabLabNet’s main objective is to bring the Fab Lab concept to new, existing and future innovators across Central Europe and connect them on a transnational level.
The first day the group focused on the best practices from Happylab – how can you run a lab with just one lab manager, but still provide a safe machine access to your users 24/7. For Happylab the answer is Fabman a space management tool, that was also developed in the Fab Lab and became indispensable for the daily lab management.
Education and trainings were the main focus of the second day: hands-on workshops and a mobile Pop-Up Fab Lab could be explored and tried out. Some of the popular workshops, that Happylab developed in the past years are “Print your bag”, where participants can design their individual bag with a vinyl cutter and “Drawdio”, where you can learn how to build an electronic music instrument out of a ordinary pencil and a few electronic components.