The Maker movement is connecting citizens and professionals with digital manufacturing and communication technologies like 3D printers, laser cutters and online community platforms. As a result, virtual bits can be shared globally and turned into physical objects or atoms locally.
How can Maker communities achieve sustainability and organize themselves? What do Maker participants do, and how do they behave? What value do they create, and how does this benefit society? How can we help their governance, their impact and sustainability?
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.
The MAKE-IT project started in January 2016 and will last until December 2017; its process is documented on the Process page and the partners involved in it are described in the Consortium page. A first, simple, one-page website was launched in March 2016 (v0.1), and a new version has been just launched now (v0.2): this website will be improved in the following months, so please register to our newsletter in order to learn when new content or features will be available online. For example:
- v0.3 will provide more visualisations;
- more outcomes from MAKE-IT will be published on the Results section;
- more MAKE-IT events and more Maker events will be posted online;
- more details about the project and its activities will be published on the on the About section;
- more blog posts will document the activities of the projects here, in this section.
Since the website will be updated regularly, you will see this note on several pages, which will be removed once their content has been finalized:
Note The MAKE-IT project started in January 2016 and is currently active; this website will be improved in the following months, please register to our newsletter in order to learn when new content or features will be available online.