During MAKE-IT we did not just focus on our research and innovation activities, but we also collaborated with several other European projects. For example, one of these was the I-LINC Horizon 2020 project, working on digital inclusion across Europe:
I-LINC is an open membership platform, that enables you to connect with any stakeholder interested in improving youth employability and entrepreneurship. I-LINC is here to find ways to empower young people to become agents of change using the Information and Communication Technology as the tool for that change.
I first wrote a short post for introducing the possibilities of the Maker movement regarding work to the I-LINC community, and then participated in a webinar where I discussed this with more details: Fab Labs and the Maker movement: How can they support entrepreneurial skills?. You can download the presentation here and watch the webinar here below:
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MAKE-IT is not the only Horizon 2020 CAPS project to work with the Maker movement, other projects are addressing it with different perspectives. For example, OpenCare empowers care receivers to design and prototype bottom-up solutions to specific care problems. The European network of makerspaces, Fab Labs, etc. makes these solutions distributed, as every prototype devised can be reproduced, tested and deployed anywhere in the world.
Making Sense aims to explore how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution (beside MAKE-IT, IAAC | Fab Lab Barcelona also participates in this project).
OpenMaker aims to create a transformational and collaborative ecosystem that fosters collective innovations within the European manufacturing sector by connecting makers and established companies and drives it towards more sustainable business models, production processes, products, and governance systems by bringing together manufacturers and makers. It is especially important to note now the call for the OpenMaker Pilot Support Scheme
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