Even policy-makers need to be influenced. We believe that understanding the idea behind FabLabs and the community-led solutions for sustainability help policy-makers to give a better approach to reach their strategical aims. We started a conversation with them and defined potential fields of cooperation. 

  1. Smart Specialization Strategy Consultations (DT121)
  2. Innovation Potential & Specialization Strategy Papers (DT122)



Mapping Challenges and Innovation Potential within innovation ecosystem

Every FabLab is embedded into their environment and provides services to startups, academics, artists, and individuals. We are building a strong network of 9 Central European FabLabs which are very different from each other. The aim is to boost their impact on local innovation. To achieve this we need to understand our local challenges and find and start to talk to those partners who will join in this mission.

  1. Desk research on the three key FABLABNET topics by assigned partners (DT111) 
  2. Mapping local ecosystem challenges of each project partner (DT112)


Capacity Building of Fab Labs

During the network building, we wanted to understand the difference between and the synergies of each partner. We asked all FabLabs to tell what is that they love to do the most to inspire others. We travelled within and outside the network to find the cool ideas. Also, we started to construct our virtual factory: the aim is to give visibility and access to partners to local manufacturing infrastructure.

  1. Collection of FabLab Good Practices (DT131)
  2. Exchange on FabLab Management Practices and Tools (DT134)
  3. Report on P2P Knowledge Exchange Visits: Wien (DT136)
  4. Report on P2P Knowledge Exchange Visits: Munich (DT136)
  5. Report on P2P Knowledge Exchange Visits: Ljubljana (DT136)
  6. Report on study visit in France Fab14+ (DT141)
  7. Report on study visit in Barcelona FabLab and Green Lab (DT142)
  8. Proposed Values and Pooled resources report (DT143)
  9. Report on FabBusiness event: Bratislava 2018 (DT234)
  10. Report on FabBusiness event: Budapest 2018 (DT234)
  11. Report on TECHFEST Munich 2018 (DT235)


Setting up Central European FABLABNET Network

One of the key outcome of the project FabLabNet is to establish a Central European network of fablabs/makerspaces.

Before accepting new members,  we discussed between partners to answer to the following questions as a network: what each of the partners can propose and what he expects from such a network? What tools can we use for administration and communication purposes? What is the strength and weakness of our Consortium? What mission and vision statement do we want to commit to?

This methodology lead us to a cooperation agreement which stipulates all engagement and role of each member, explains the core activities of the network and defines the work processes and the financial scheme.

  1. Exhange on the FabLabNet value proposition (DT133)
  2. The FabLab Management Platform – modular system (DT135)
  3. Joint SWOT Analysis to explore network synergies (DT144)
  4. Join statement and vision statement (in progress!)
  5. Cooperation agreement (in progress!)


Demonstrating the role of FabLabs in the Central European innovation ecosystem

As a key practical part of the project, the three Pilot Actions had the goal of stimulating the Central Europe innovation ecosystem, targeting the communities, the education and the business players.

Pilots 1 were developed in 4 countries for involving communities, using the FabLabs equipment and mentors for turning their design ideas to prototypes.  

Pilots 2 were developed in 5 countries for involving start-ups and business oriented domains, to coach mature prototypes to be ready for the market.

Pilots 3 were oriented to education, and was developed in 7 countries. FabLabs introduced new approaches to the educational framework  by introducing rapid prototyping and problem solving by making.

More than 1.000 people have participated to these Pilot actions across Central Europe.

  1. A Joint Concept developed for the three types of Pilot (DT211)
  2. Individual Pilot 1 2 3 Plans prepared for each Partner (DT213)
  3. Pilot 1 Concept for Mentoring Programmes developed in: ItalyCzech RepublicPolandSlovenia.
  4. Pilot 1 Mentoring Program Italy (DT223)
  5. Pilot 1 Mentoring Program Poland (DT223)
  6. Pilot 1 Mentoring Program Czech Republic (DT223)
  7. Pilot 1 Mentoring Program Slovenia (DT223)
  8. Pilot 1 Ideas 2 Prototypes 4 manufacturing – prototypes (DT224)
  9. Pilot 3 A Portfolio of Educational Activities to be tested by PPs (DT242)


Reaching long-lasting effects in the society

This section lists the documents related to the main goal of the project: to make FabLabs better accessible by a larger pool of innovation stakeholders, particularly young people. We target local makers with the Fab Fest events, bring FabLabs in less developed regions with our Fab Box workshops and target decision makers in Fab City activities. Furthermore we develop the European School of Makers with the aim of extending the innovation capacity of FabLabs.

  1. Joint Methodology for stakeholder engagement (DT311)