Author: Troels Bovbjerg


What is the TechRadar?

How do Makers organize and collaborate? How do they create value and impact? What is the role of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS) in enabling them?

MAKE-IT tackles these questions through different research methods and with the development of technological innovations, such as the interactive Technology Radar (also called TechRadar) that describes the current and future technology  developments or trends that will impact how makers create, communicate, organize and might even do business.

The TechRadar has been developed in order to help anybody discover the Maker movement through its technologies and platforms for example, for students who are becoming makers, and so on. This tool helps to understand the uses and impacts of CAPS in different contexts, as well as of the Maker movement itself, and maker technology developed and/or used by makers. The TechRadar is built with open source components and it is open source itself, so everybody in the Maker community can add and update the content.

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Exploring Maker technologies: the TechRadar

MAKE-IT is a Horizon 2020 European research project focused on how the role of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS) enables the growth and governance of the Maker movement, particularly in relation to Information Technology, using and creating social innovations and achieving sustainability. MAKE-IT tackles these issues through different research methods and with the development of technological innovations, such as the interactive Technology Radar (or TechRadar) , which provides an overview of all relevant technologies for makers:

http://techradar.make-it.io/

We hereby invite you to test the TechRadar and provide the MAKE-IT project with very valuable feedback. The TechRadar was developed for the purpose of research, but have added features that we hope can make it useful for a maker, especially for the maker beginners and as an educational tool within fab labs. When exploring the TechRadar, we would like to draw your attention to

  • The possibilities of exploring across the platforms: Specific examples are linked with general types of technology categories (where more inspiration can be found) and further linked with technology trends and vice versa.
  • A feature letting the user contribute to the database of platforms/technologies.

After exploring the TechRadar, we will appreciate all the feedback we can get. Please use this link to enter the online survey:
http://make-it.io/surveys/index.php/888114?lang=en

There’s time until December 9th 2017.
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