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MAKE-IT-Meeting in Vienna

The research of Maker communities across Europe and the new dynamic structures and chances of this young, constructive and dynamic movement were focussed at a workshop in Austria. Janosch Sbeih and Marthe Zirngiebl from the Social Research Centre Dortmund discussed thereby the Maker Movement’s societal impact potential and became Makers for two hours.

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The MAKE-IT “Understanding Collective Awareness Platforms with the Maker Movement” project consortium met in Vienna on 30th November and 1st December. The project member reflected the results of the case studies of maker initiatives internally as well as with external stakeholders during the subsequent MAKE-IT workshop. They further elaborated on the concrete steps of the action research phase which will convene knowledge transfer workshops giving FabLab managers the opportunity to discuss and share experiences in creating a vibrant and diverse community, on the one hand, and developed a tech enhancement facilitating the points of contact between different initiatives, on the other hand.

Marthe Zirngiebl and Janosch Sbeih used the project meeting to present their ideas for MAKE-IT’s task to assess the Maker Movement’s societal impact potential as well as for discussing the Movement’s different sustainability scenarios together with representatives from research, business, civil society and policy. They further joined the 6th year anniversary party of the FabLab Happylab Vienna and voted for one innovative project competing in this year’s Fab Contest. A mobile FabLab workshop presented a special highlight of this project meeting during which researchers could become makers for two hours.


MAKE-IT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation programme. Involved project partners are: TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), DTI (Danish Technological Institute), ZSI (Centre for Social Innovation Vienna), IAAC (FabLab Barcelona, The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), FLZ (FabLab Zagreb), HLW (Happylab Gmbh Vienna), AHHAA (Science Centre AHHAA), CIR (Create it Real ApS) and the Social Research Centre of TU Dortmund University.