Fab Lab Sevilla: an intern's story

A few months ago I received great news that changed my professional life. I won a Leonardo da Vinci sponsorship for a three month internship in Seville. Happy, and a bit nervous, I immediately researched career opportunities in line with my profile that this city could offer. I have a degree in Urban Planning, I have a master’s degree in Digital Architecture and a special interest in digital fabrication. Thus, I found […]

 

Massimo Menichinelli Opens FabLab at Trent’s New Museum of Science

“This is probably one of the first examples of a FabLab in a museum” said FabLab guru Massimo Menichinelli at the inauguration of Trento’s new Museum of Science, MUSE, in our exclusive interview. Menichinelli hopes that the newest FabLab in Italy will “be a good example for institutions for what they can achieve by supporting local communities.” There was a 24 hour party starting on July 27 at 6pm for […]

 

FabLab survey: does collaboration make for happy fabbers?

Rebecca Pera and Giampaolo Viglia, two international university researchers, are studying the dynamics of innovation, in particular with interest in the communities in which individuals work in collaboration with one other and contribute to the social and cultural capital of the community. They want to understand the motivations and the values that characterize this community. That’s why they are asking the community of Fabbers around the world to participate in […]

 

Hands on at FabLab Torino and Officine Arduino

There’s a place in Turin where you can go and build yourself anything you want under the guide of expert hosts to whom you can ask even the stupidest questions. FabLab Torino is Italy’s first FabLab, and at a recent event I finally got to participate in a real workshop in this almost mythic location in the world of Italian Makers. Let’s see how it got started and what makes […]

 

Toolbox Festival: 3 years of open, hands-on innovation

The northern Italian city of Torino is closely tied to the production of FIAT cars, and is also home to Lancia. Given how well the car industry has been doing lately, you might expect Torino to be a sad post-industrial town, but it has done a remarkable job of promoting culture, film and entrepreneurship, making it rather more attractive and liveable than it was twenty years ago. One of the […]

 

Exosphere: in Santiago, a real space for concrete innovation

In Santiago del Chile, a small start-up revolution is taking place in a historic Liberty-style building called Palazzo Concha Y Toro, just steps away from the Moneda Palace. Exosphere is a physical place that intends to revolutionize the way in which entrepreneurs create successful businesses by offering both a community and tools. Think co-working plus fablab and a bit of business incubator. The emphasis is on physical objects, so the […]

 

Trendy Tokyo FabCafé

If you think every FabLab is a dark space full of badly dressed geeks and unfinished projects with wires sticking out of them, think again. Tokyo’s FabCafé mixes the traditional conviviality of a café (serving lattes and fried Japanese yummies) with the creative atmosphere of a Makerspace (complete with lasercutter) and is having commercial success while helping bring the world of Makers to the eyes of a wider public. The […]

 

Berlin is in Beta

“There are no rules in Berlin,” says Pedro Pineda, co-founder of MakerLab, with Jay Cousins  and Christopher Doering of Open Design City, the fablab at Berlin’s biggest coworking, Betahaus. “Not just here at Betahaus but anywhere, people have an idea, they try it out, and if it doesn’t work they try again.” Maybe this is the key to Berlin’s current status as a hub of creativity and startups, a role that […]