Bas van Abel

Bas van AbelFounder Fairphone

Bas is founder and member of the supervisory board of Fairphone.

Before working at Fairphone, he was Creative Director at Waag and was head of the Open Design Lab.

Open design

As an active member of the international maker movement and digital fabrication community, he was passionate about developing a wide variety of projects based on open design principles. He initiated such projects as the community fabrication laboratory Fablab in Amsterdam, the open-source 'Instructables Restaurant', and the world’s first fair mobile phone, Fairphone.

With a background in interaction design and a personal interest in electronics, Bas has worked on many projects at Waag both as a designer and technical engineer. He is co-editor of the book Open Design Now, which seeks to transform design into an open and shared discipline that creates a diversity of innovative products through a collaborative and world-spanning process.