Open Design City at re:publica 2012

On 4 May I gave a keynote at re:publica 2012 in Berlin (co-incidentally on the same time as Neelie Kroes) about Open Design and local (digital) production, titled 'Made in my Backyard'. The late news of ZDF (Germany) had a quite extended item on 3D printing, open design and digital fabrication in Fablabs, in which I play a role, of synchronized in German.

(Bas van Abel is passionate about developing a wide variety of projects based on open design principles. As co-author of the Open Design Now book ( and co-founder of Waag’s Fablab (a community fabrication laboratory) and the Instructables Restaurant (an open source restaurant), he is an active member of the international maker and digital fabrication community.

Bas has a background in interaction design and a personal interest in electronics and has been working on many projects both as a designer and technical engineer. As head of the Open Design Lab he currently researches the interface between production technologies and network cultures.)



Bas van Abel