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. 

 

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Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to new measures against COVID-19. A new date will be communicated shortly.

 

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Join the conversation and get inspired on distributed and circular design in Pakhuis de Zwijger.

 

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On Wednesday 6 October, discuss how craftsmanship and maker culture can contribute to a sustainable and liveable city.

 

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In four evenings, a diverse group of participants came together to design a sensing device.

 

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The values of makerspaces as a contemporary extension of Virginia Woolf’s influential essay, ‘A Room of One’s Own.’

 

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Een verslag van de interviews van Transforming Citizen Sensing, ter voorbereiding op de design sprint (EN).

 

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A four-day design sprint about open source hardware for air quality measurement inspired by real use cases.

 

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Frontiers of Sociology publishes an article on makers' COVID-19 response to the worldwide shortage in medical supplies during corona crisis.

 

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Better Factory enables artists, manufacturers and tech suppliers to spur new innovations and receive up to 200.000 euros of equity-free funding.

 

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29-12-2020

Waag in 2020

The (strange) year that was 2020 in highlights for Waag: the academies, the maker movement in action, the public stack, and many more.

 

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It's time to apply for Fab Academy 2021. In 20 weeks, learn how to make (almost) everything! Join the worldwide Fab Lab Network now.

 

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Join us Wednesday 9 december and Thursday 10 december at the Transforming citizen sensing conference!

 

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This online symposium brings together international representatives of collective material practices, who experiment with their material manifestations to critique and reimagine the world(s) we inhabit.

 

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Waag's Miha Turšič is currently researching open source hardware, community involvement and concern driven innovation within the OpenNext project.

 

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28-05-2020

FABxLive

The yearly worldwide Fab Lab Network conference is taking place online! Join to talk about the answers of the maker movement to COVID-19.

 

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Our partners at OpenDot are organising a webinar on ideas, communities and rules of the distributed design movement during corona crisis.

 

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Waag hosts meetups, launches initiatives and brings oversight into the many open source maker initiatives that have risen during corona crisis.

 

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MIT's Neil Gershenfeld and Sherry Lassiter of FabFoundation discussed how decentralized digital manufacturing shapes civic response to COVID-19.

 

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From design to mass 3D printing and lasercutting: how can the distributed design community help right now?

 

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Snorkel masks for healthcare workers: the online meetup 'Maker initiatives in times of Corona' on Wednesday, April 8.

 

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30-03-2020

Open Next

Today’s mass-produced product creation is expensive, risky and unsustainable. SMEs and maker communities across Europe are coming together to fundamentally change the way we create, produce, and distribute products.

 

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On 28 November, 2019 BAU will give an informal presentation of the results of the upcoming BAU LAB BioArt meets Performance.

 

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Find out how you can become capable of prototyping real-life solutions to future-proof access for all, in Livable and Inclusive Smart Cities of the 21stCentury.

 

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FabLab Amsterdam is open to the public on Thursday afternoon (12:00-17:00 hrs).

 

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17-05-2019

Fab15 in Egypt

The annual meeting of the worldwide Fab Lab community will this year take place in Egypt.

 

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

 

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The Fab City Summit returns to Amsterdam in 2019. Programme developer Karen van der Moolen of Waag participates.

 

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The two-day symposium Making Matters, organised by the Critical Making consortium, takes place at West The Hague.

 

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

 

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

 

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During this meetup on 5 July we present the results of the MakeHealth: Prototyping series and the online platform Careables. A new series of prototyping will start next September at Contact, Amsterdam.

 

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

 

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From September 28, MakerEducation.nl organises the FabLearn Conference for Dutch education.

 

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The largest national maker movement festival in the Netherlands presents the best in the maker movement.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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Marleen Stikker of Waag will speak on the first day of the Maker Faire Barcelona conferences as member of the Smart City Board Amsterdam on the topic 'The Future of Urban Manufacturing: Make in the City'.

 

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Marleen Stikker and Pieter van Boheemen of Waag will be present at a meeting at Pakhuis de Zwijger on November 16th about self-sufficient FabCities.

 

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On May 14 and 15 2016, Fab Initiative in collaboration with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade, Serbia, is organizing FaBelgrade 2016. FABelgrade 2016 is the 1st conference in Serbia and the region dedicated to promotion of digital fabrication and Fablab concept and their application in various fields.

 

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Marleen Stikker of Waag is one of the speakers at the public dialogue programme of the FabCity Summit, at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam on 20 April 2016. Earlier on the same day, Frank Kresin (research director) will attend the expert meeting at the FabCity Campus.

 

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There is a lot to discover during the European Maker Week! Amazing events will be held around Europe and you are invited you to join them, because everyone can be a maker. Fablab Amsterdam will be open on Saturday 4 June for all makers. Come in and create your own project, use our makers guild to finish your design or hire one of our digital machines.

 

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7-02-2018

MakeHealth #3

The 16th of June, the third MakeHealth Meetup will be part of the "Care in the City" program of Pakhuis de Zwijger, where we will be hosting another meeting around the theme of MakeHealth.

 

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

 

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On 21 June 2013 we will launch the Makers Guild at the Waag in Amsterdam. The Makers Guild re-introduces manual, labour-intensive craftsmanship as a supplement to the digital fabrication practices of the Fablab. The Makers Guild is also the home of the Open Wetlab, a community laboratory for amateurs and professionals in design, art and science.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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On 2 and 3 September, the Maker Faire Eindhoven will be held at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven (Strijp-S). During Eindhoven Maker Faire you will meet robots, drones, technology, new techniques, amazing inventions and a colorful mix of projects.

 

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The Future Flux festival will take place on 9 and 10 June in the Onderzeebootloods at RDM Rotterdam. For curious people and a platform for new developments in the fields of technology, art and innovation.

 

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Do you have an innovating idea, project or initiative that can make Amsterdam better, healthier or smarter? Grab the opportunity and submit your idea to the 'Make your City' competition. On Monday 10 April we will have a consulting hour.

 

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Karien Vermeulen (Creative Learning Lab) will speak at the inspiration session 'Makerswereld & Makerspaces" in Leeuwarden on 22 September 2016.

 

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This year we are organizing another Summerschool for 40 teachers of the Hout- en Meubileringscollege (HMC) in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

 

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

 

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Every Saturday at 10 am there will be a new episode of the series Zelfgemaakt (Homemade) online! In this series, our Pieter van Boheemen explains how you can make things. In Dutch, yes.

 

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'Fabtable' is a community event of the foundation FabLab BeNeLux for all FabLabs in the low countries. Lab managers, employees, friends and those interested in the phenomenon FabLab are welcome on this afternoon.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Openthings formed a platform for designers who wanted to go beyond consuming and become prosumers.

 

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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.

 

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21-05-2015

Openthings

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.

 

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The Japanese magazine Worksight published a special edition on workspaces in The Netherlands. In the publication, the following companies and organisations form the 'case studies': Essent, NDSM, Spaces, Royal Dutch Shell, Seats2meet.com and... Waag.

 

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

 

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Marleen Stikker, director of Waag, gives a presentation about craft and technology in relation to the revolution in digital fabrication during the symposium TOP gemaakt.

 

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Fablab Amsterdam is open during the Open Workspaces Day on 4 October 2014, when several workspaces in The Netherlands are opening their doors for the launch of the Platform Workspaces for artists and designers in The Netherlands and Flandres (Belgium).

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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20-05-2014

Fab Night #2

Not interested in the World Cup? In June we experiment with an evening opening of the Fablab - on the Thursday nights of 5, 12, 19 and 26 June you can visit our Fablab at the Waag after work hours, use the machines or have a drink.

 

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At the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam-North from 30 May till 1 June 2014 the Amsterdam Maker Festival will take place. Fablab Amsterdam will be present at the festival together with dozens of other makers with a new fashion line by Cecilia Raspanti of Fablab Amsterdam, live photoshoots and much more.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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Waag neemt deel aan het Makers Festival 2013 in de in de Garage Notweg in Amsterdam Nieuw-West.

 

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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.

 

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28-05-2013

Makers Guild

The Makers Guild connected craftsmanship, digital personal fabrication and biotechnology.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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10-04-2013

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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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27-04-2012

Timelab Gent

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

 

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For an exhibit at the expo of nominees for the Rotterdam design prize at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Open Design Lab of Waag made a collection of quotes and instructions about Open Design.

 

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8-03-2012

Hypermud

During the three days of the PICNIC Festival 2011, the NDSM Wharf saw an exceptional sculpture emerge.

 

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Fablab Yogyakarta was a collaboration between Waag and the House of Natural Fiber (HONF), Yogyakarta, Indonesia to set up a Fablab in Indonesia.

 

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The FAB6 Conference was held from 15-20 August at the Waag in Amsterdam and several locations in The Netherlands.

 

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At FabLab Amsterdam anyone can realise their ideas, and with the aid of digital equipment, transform those ideas into prototypes and products.

 

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