FAB 12 Shenzhen

Each year, members of the more than 1,000 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, collaborate, explore and, of course, fabricate. In August 2016 they meet in Shenzhen, China a historically important city for manufacturing and making. Today China is embarking on a long-term program to foster innovation and technology, so the city is a perfect incubator for the digital fabrication revolution fab labs are bringing to the world.

This year, focus will be on Fab Lab 2.0, the ability of a Fab Lab to use its own digital fabrication tools to produce a fab lab and to produce the manufacturing machines of the future. From Fablab Amsterdam, Emma Pareschi and Cecilia Raspanti will visit FAB12 and prepare a workshop on August 9th.

Workshop Making Sense
Maker practices and communities are a cornerstone of the Making Sense EU project. For this reason, we are joining the FAB12 to deliver an exciting workshop titled: “Making the future of sensing: From gray boxes and numbers to funky enclosures and tangible data sets”. The 3-hour session will take place on the 9th of August from 1 to 4 pm.

The tutors, Mara Balestrini, Gui Seiz, Emma Pareschi and the participants will use critical design methods to envision scenarios where citizens are empowered to create and use technology to tackle pressing environmental issues such as air and noise pollution.

The workshop also seeks to discuss how the maker community might contribute to the design and development of sensor enclosures and data displays to support engagement and sensemaking, an area of citizen sensing that remains largely unexplored.

We hope to see you in Shenzhen!

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Shenzhen, China