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Digital platforms have been very successful in leveraging long-tail of markets and in building ecosystems, partnerships and communities. Some platforms have focused specifically on supporting democratic practices that are environmentally aware, participatory and based on sharing and collaboration. These platforms, called Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS), are an example of new models to create awareness of emerging sustainability challenges and of the role that each and every one of us can play to ease them through collective action. A specific program of Horizon 2020 European projects has focused on CAPS, and some of these projects have worked with the Maker movement, addressing it with different perspectives and methods. OpenCare, OpenMaker and MAKE-IT are some of these projects and in this talk they will discuss their activities and results with the audience.
A panel with the Horizon 2020 CAPS projects MAKE-IT, OpenCare, OpenMaker in the maker party at Roma Makers, before Maker Faire Rome 2017, in order to discuss the projects directly with the maker community.
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Le piattaforme digitali sono state molto efficaci nello sfruttare mercati dalla coda lunga per costruire ecosistemi, partnership e comunità. Alcune piattaforme si sono concentrate specificamente sul sostegno di pratiche democratiche che sono ecocompatibili, partecipative e basate sulla condivisione e la collaborazione. Queste piattaforme, chiamate CAPS, sono un esempio di nuovi modelli per diffondere la consapevolezza delle sfide emergenti relative alla sostenibilità e del ruolo che ognuno di noi può svolgere in esse attraverso l’azione collettiva. Un programma specifico dei progetti europei Horizon 2020 si è concentrato sui CAPS e alcuni di questi progetti hanno lavorato con il movimento Maker, affrontandolo con diverse prospettive e metodi. OpenCare, OpenMaker e MAKE-IT sono alcuni di questi progetti e in questa presentazione informale con la comunitá dei maker di Roma Makers discuteranno le loro attività e risultati.
I posti della presentazione sono limitati si consiglia di prenotare; per gli altri utilizeremo uno streeming che si potrà seguire tramite i canali social.
The 12th EAD Conference is hosted by Sapienza University of Rome in Italy, and it will foster discussion among designers, academics and experts about the articulated scenario of contemporary design and its perspectives, with intent to nurture diversity and interdisciplinarity.
MAKE-IT participated with the presentation of two peer-reviewed papers:
- Makers’ ambitions to do socially valuable things
- A data-driven approach for understanding Open Design. Mapping social interactions in collaborative processes on GitHub
The DSI Fair 2017 offers a rich program featuring an international conference, focused workshops, networking and hands-on sessions. The line-up of speakers includes experts and practitioners, as well as policy makers and civil society players from all over the world.
Discussions and presentations will tackle and address fundamental collective human experience research and innovation challenges dictating what the Internet is used for and its benefits to both individuals and the overall society, which is at the core of the evolution towards the Next Generation Internet as the Internet for Humans.
The DSI Fair 2017 will also give the opportunity to present and discuss the Manifesto for Networked Innovation that will include a set of recommendations for policy-makers indicating how digital social innovation processes can be enforced, transferred and potentially reused for effective scale-up of social innovation initiatives across the whole European society.
Join us and learn about opportunities to become part of the Digital Social Innovation Community and embrace initiatives tackling social and environmental challenges in Europe and beyond. A unique chance to get together, exchange ideas, develop new collaborations and grow digital social innovation around the Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation initiative.
MAKE-IT partners are taking part in DSI Fair 2017 in different conferences and a workshop on February 2nd:
Day 2 – February 2nd
08:30 – 09:30
09:30 – 11:00
Mapping Innovation Initiatives for the Digital Society: Worldwide
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break & networking
11:30 – 13:00
Pictures from the Brave New World: Keynotes Speeches
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Success stories 4:
Collaborative Making, Art and Creativity by Bastian Pelka and Janosch Sbeih, University of Dortmund.
Recently, I was lucky enough to visit the Maker Faire Rome. With over 110,000 participants, Europe’s largest meeting for citizens who want to make innovative new things. Thousands of independent inventors showed their ideas to thousands more wannabe inventors. On one of the days access was exclusively for children, to inspire the next generation of inventors. Altogether, very fascinating!
It occurred to me that there was a lot of undiscovered talent there in the huge hangars, just outside the Italian capital city. There was no shortage of scintillating ideas. Many of them made use of the newest technologies for making prototypes, to which large organisations no long have sole access: 3D printers, lasers that melt powder in highly accurate forms, or that cut out shapes from all sorts of materials. And mini-computers, such as Arduino, that control many inventions and instil them with smart characteristics.
Whilst walking around, I chatted to a couple who had developed a smart city solution for car sharing. The system registers who uses which car and the costs are automatically settled. A pilot in Cagliari is well on its way. I ate “food of the future”, where algae and insects were incorporated into a range of surprisingly edible foods. There was a design for a computer with unlimited computational power, a hyper-efficient electromotor, drones to measure air quality, an enormous printer to squeeze mud and straw into the shape of houses, all sorts of robots and much, much more.
Professor Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms and one of the creators of the Fab Lab concept, awarded the main prize to a couple of students. Francesco Pezzuoli and Dario Corona had invented a smart glove that registers sign language movements and translates them, via a smartphone, into speech. This can reduce the gap between those with hearing impairments and the rest of the population.
So why did I have the feeling that all this talent was, as yet, undiscovered? To begin with: it seems that the makers themselves do not fully realize that – besides having a brilliant idea – a lot more is needed to bring a desirable and successful product to market. They seem to be preoccupied with their own technical solution. But I found many of their answers to my questions regarding their business plans to be weak. Because of this, I fear that many encouraging projects will fail unnecessarily.
Most makers subscribe to the ideas behind the open source movement and most ideas are directly related to creating a better world, for disadvantaged people, for the environment or in other ways. They have an allergy to being “commercial”. Commendable perhaps? But, at the same time it is somewhat strange: Because makers also crave financial stability and a healthy future perspective for their brainchildren.
The thing that occurred to me above all, was that the visitors to the stands were hardly encouraged to contribute at all. Those guests walked around full of interest, with their own opinions, judgments and additional ideas. I saw them being quite impressed with the various projects and they enjoyed discussing things with the makers. But, the other way around, the technically oriented makers seemed to have a blind spot for the potential contribution of the visitors. After seeing what a project was all about, the visitors generally just walked away without there being any lasting connection. Unless they remember to go online once they get home and search out the maker projects they liked the best.
I believe that the interested public can do much more than just listen: they can sign up to take part as guinea pigs for prototypes and pilot tests. They can share their ideas for application areas and user situations. They can offer their experience and knowledge of, for example, marketing and commercialization.
Apart from some notable exceptions, most maker projects do not achieve large scale penetration in practice. For some, that is not the intention. Other ideas may just not be good enough. But I believe that too often this is because the makers try and do everything themselves. Whilst their strength often lies in the technology and not in other equally important areas. Why do they not endeavour to build a community around their project from the well-intentioned visitors to their stands? Why do they not see the benefit of increasing the reservoir of available knowledge and talent which they could make use of in making their project sustainably successful?
All in all, the vibrant Maker Faire Rome showed me something highly encouraging: Through access to advanced production technologies an enormous potential for innovation is being awakened within the citizen population. Should large-scale production firms, such as those making consumer electronics, consumables and chemical products, fear a new wave of competition? Well, I actually see the makers as representing a new opportunity for these firms. New forms of collaboration between incumbents and these hobbyists and free spirits have not been well explored. By understanding the makers’ motivations and by offering them resources, new win-win situations could regularly be achieved.Read More ...
The MAKE-IT project will be presented at Maker Faire Rome 2016 with this panel:
MAKE-IT: a project for understanding and experimenting online platforms for the governance of Maker communities
ICT software and hardware are completely changing the way we make tangible and intangible goods. Nowadays, intangible goods or virtual bits can be shared globally and then turned into physical objects or atoms locally. This transformation from bits to atoms has been democratised especially by theMaker movement: Makers that gather in online communities and platforms and in local Fab Labs, Makerspaces, Hackerspaces. The community dimension of the Maker movement is highly important, but how does it work? How Maker communities are organised and governed? What Makers do and how they behave? Which are the various ways in which the Maker movement impacts on and adds value to society? Online platforms are already adopted by Maker communities, and they can be further researched and improved in order to foster the impact of Maker communities. The overall objective of the MAKE-IT project is to understand the role of such platforms (Collective Awareness Platforms – CAPS) in enabling the growth and governance of the Maker movement, particularly in relation to using and creating social innovations and achieving sustainability. The results of this research will help to understand the uses and impacts of CAPS in different contexts, as well as of the Maker movement itself. This project addresses CAPS for Maker communities by not only interviewing Makers but also by engaging them in action-research initiatives, where experimentation regarding such platforms will see the participation of Makers themselves beside the researchers. To understand how the role and impact of CAPS approaches the Maker movement, MAKE-IT will undertake multidisciplinary research in different fields including: behavioural studies, social psychology, sociology, management information systems, economics, environmental science, technological impact and governance issues. This project is developed by the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research – TNO (Netherlands), Danish Technological Institute – DTI (Denmark), Centre for Social Innovation – ZSI (Austria), TU Dortmund University –TUDO (Germany), IAAC | Fab Lab Barcelona (Spain), Fab Lab Zagreb (Croatia), Happylab (Austria), AHHAA (Estonia), Create it REAL (Denmark). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688241. This project started in January 2016 and will end in December 2017. This talk will be shared by several partners of the MAKE-IT project who will present the project, its plan, the planned outcomes and processes and who will discuss with the audience how to better understand and help Makers in the governance of their communities with online platforms.Read More ...
Maker Faire Rome is the European edition of Maker Faire. It’s organised by Innova Camera, a Special Agency of the Rome’s Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to place the city of Rome at the center of the debate on innovation, by spreading the digital culture, and developing the individual and collective entrepreneurship that is so integral to the Maker movement’s genetic makeup.
Maker Faire Rome combines science, science fiction, technology, entertainment and business to create something totally new. It’s an event created to cater to curious participants of all ages, wishing to experience firsthand the makers’ inventions. Inventions that are the result of a desire to solve everyday problems, whether big or small.
Maker Faire Rome is an event designed to turn the spotlight on hundreds of projects from around the world that are able to catapult visitors into the future.
Not just a fair for field experts. At Maker Faire, you’ll find inventions in the field of science and technology (from 3D printers to wearables, through to drones, robots and digital manufacturing), but also new forms of art, entertainment, crafts, food experiments and attractions never seen before.
The watchwords of the Maker Faire Rome are: meeting, exchange, training, entertainment and interaction.
The public can experience and try their hand with these new inventions where innovation is made available to everyone. An experience where participants are an integral part of the fair itself.
An event for families, where children and adults can get involved in hundreds of fun and educational activities and demonstrations. A place where you can learn how to build your own smartphone, your own toys, “3D print” shoes, jewellery, handbags and even edible ravioli, or discover how to make your house home-automated with just a few simple measures.
With over 600 inventions on display in 2015 and more than 100 thousand visitors, Maker Faire Rome is the world’s largest exhibition after the “Area Bay” and “New York” in the US.
This year, after the success of the 2013 , 2014 and 2015 editions, we expect hundreds of inventions and attractions from 65 nations. On the programme: live performances, panels, workshops, seminars, conferences and many surprises in store especially for children who will have a special Kids Area, which is even bigger with even more activities than previous editions.
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