maker movement

The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture that intersects with hacker culture (which is less concerned with physical objects as it focuses on software) and revels in the creation of new devices as well as tinkering with existing ones. The maker culture in general supports open-source hardware. 


There will be five new 'Maakplaatsen' in Amsterdam in the coming years. That will bring the total to 11 locations.


Do you have an idea for a care solution that makes everyday life easier? Develop your own prototype in MakeHealth: Prototyping.


From 20 to 24 June 2018, Amsterdam was dedicated to the WeMakeThe.City festival. Waag was co-organizer of the festival!


Are you passionate about creativity, technology and maker education? Visit the FabLearn Conference in September.


Behind all the maker spaces at the public libraries in Amsterdam lies a tireless team of manufacturing coaches.


We think that healthcare solutions can be co-created, supported and spread by patients and healthcare professionals.


Last week I was part of Steamconf 2018 Barcelona where innovative teachers and educators gathered.


Teachers in Dutch education can get acquainted with the newest maker technologies at Teacher Maker Camp.


As a kick-off to the 'Maakplaats' fellowship programme we showed teachers the possibilities of maker education and techniques such as 3D designing, programming and vinyl- and lasercutting.


On 13 December, 2017, the final workshop of FabSchool took place at the Waag, where children demonstrated their sustainable solutions.


As the means of digital fabrication become mainstream, the challenge of the maker movement lies in defining its values of sustainability, openness and critical making more visibly, says Marleen Stikker at the celebration of a decade of Fablab Amsterdam.


Paulien Melis and Janine Huizenga were at the camp Entre-Nous to speak about Make Health on behalf of the Creative Care Lab.


We will be organising a great maker festival in 2018 with many partners for Dutch education. The maker festival will be a showcase of what the maker movement in The Netherlands has to offer.


Imagine vibrant communities of people, working together in an open, transparent, fair way, building their cities, their living and learning environments together. Imagine a Society 4.0.


The FabCity campus in Amsterdam showed many practical examples of sustainable housing.


The Platform Maker Education has gained support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to promote maker education in The Netherlands. The Ministry will push the concept 'learning by making' with this move, which will mean that more schools in The Netherlands can integrate makers education in their lessons.


Lucas Evers traveled to the Chinese city of mass-production to present the Open Wetlab and meet the buzzing maker industry in Shenzhen. Aside from the presentation at the Fab exhibition, our colleagues from MIT, Fablab Barcelona, Biocurious, and I gave talks at the opening of Fablab O Shenzhen at the Sino-Finnish Centre and at the Maker Faire Conference.


An interesting video conversation with Neil Gershenfeld, founder of the FabLab, physicist and the Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms. He is the author of FAB.




People and things will be more connected to each other than ever before, making access more important than ownership. Openthings is a platform for people to learn from one another and develop projects together. Through teaching each other, people should be able to develop projects further than they can on their own.


How attached are makers to their objects and what are the effects of digital DIY on the environment?


On 14 September 2014, the Dutch broadcasting organisation VPRO showed a new edition of the television programme Tegenlicht about 'The new makers'.


Marleen Stikker has written an article about the role of the makers movement in education for the 100th issue of the Boekman magazine, published by the Boekman Foundation. This publication is available in Dutch only.


Fablab Amsterdam was present at the Amsterdam Maker Festival at De Kromhouthal in Amsterdam Noord on 31 May 2014.


For the event 'What design can do', senior curator of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Paola Antonelli, came to The Netherlands. On the day before the event she visited three top design locations, one of them being Waag. She made a tour guided by Sabine Wildevuur of our Creative Care Lab and was showed the Fablab Amsterdam on the first floor of the building.


At the Garage Notweg, a former garage in the western parts of Amsterdam, the Makers Festival 2013 was held on 30 November.


The annual international meeting of FabLabs, FAB9, was held in Japan this year in Yokohama. FabLabs from all over the world came together to meet each other, to exchange knowledge, participate in special workshops and events, listen to lectures and present their research results.


On May 24th, Alex Schaub was invited by the Rome Maker Faire organisation to give a presentation about the Fablab Amsterdam. An impressive mixed audience of 650 people showed up to see and meet Neil Gershenfeld, the founder of the Fablab movement.


Alex Schaub visited the Salone at Milan on invitation of Carmine Deganello.


Sylvia Todd is “big on the Internet.” The 11-year-old science star has already received more than 1.5 million hits on her YouTube series.



Fabbing Russia

ind 17e eeuw bezocht Tsaar Peter de Grote het Waaggebouw, waar hij zich in het anatomische theater liet inwijden in de ontleedkunde door arts en geleerde Frederik Ruysch. Op 10 april 2013 zat het Theatrum Anatomicum weer vol Russen. Ditmaal was het een delegatie van de ‘Association of Innovative Regions of Russia’ (AIRR), die alles wilde horen over digitale fabricage en open design.


On Saturday 19 January 2013 a new makerspace opened in Amterdam: ZB45. ZB45 is a former metal working space at the Zeeburgerpad 45 in Amsterdam, where a mix will emerge between a Fablab, a Makerspace and a more traditional workspace.


Belgrade has been burned down 19 times in history, including the recent bombings 13 years ago. It is a city, which has been rebuilt and reused over and over. The historical layer cake won’t go unnoticed when walking around the streets of Belgrade. It is like this superficial versioning system showing its revisions and forks like an open source syste



Timelab Gent

The Open Design Lab visited Timelab in Ghent (Belgium). A short report.


On 29 July 2011, the HONFablab in Yogyakarta, Indonesia was inaugurated.