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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For more than 10 years, the global Fab Lab network gathers each year in a conference/symposium/meeting where its members can meet, discuss and share ideas, projects, knowledge and collaboration. This year FAB13, the 13th edition, was held in Santiago de Chile with “Fabricating Society” as its central topic during July 31 – August 6 2017. Unfortunately I could not attend it, so I’m not going to discuss the event, but here you can find pictures and videos of the event and here a complete overview of what happened during FAB13.
What I’d like to talk about here is that these FAB events usually have a small research track where members of the community present scientific papers about their activities and research, and this year its topic followed closely the topic of the main conference: “Fab Labs and Society” (and I was part of the program committee and reviewed some contributions). You can read the complete book of the proceedings here and download it here, and since some papers were only available as abstracts for the conference you can find the final version of all papers here. Beside the papers, the editors of the proceedings kindly invited me and other researchers to provide an article for the proceedings without a peer review evaluation (more like a book chapter), and I wrote a short chapter with notes for future research on the impact of the Fab Lab network. This short contribution aims at proposing a set of research questions for the Fab Lab network, that should be considered more as notes shared among members of the community than as a structured research proposal. Furthermore, this was the opportunity to reflect about how to improve our understanding of the impact of the Fab Lab network and of the Maker movement, a very strategic issue that I think it is still under researched. Luckily, MAKE-IT is one of the first contributions towards exploring this dimension, and in the article I also explains why I think MAKE-IT could be useful for researchers and the Fab Lab network in this direction.
You can read the article in the book of proceedings or its draft here below, under the Publication page, or on Academia.edu here and on ResearchGate here.
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European makers & FabLabs meeting from 2017 May 10th to 14th in Toulouse, France.
The Artilect FabLab in Toulouse has been hosting the FabLab Festival every year since 2011.
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At this occasion, FabLabs from France, Europe and all over the world gather in Toulouse to discuss, create and share their experiences with all the visitors coming to the Festival.