#Fabricating the Commons


FAB16 reaches over 2000 Fab Labs in 126 countries, and over 3000 participants: makers, eco-friendly designers, industrialists, artists, teachers, researchers, and more.

FAB16 brings together members of the international Fab Lab network, as well as government officials, academic researchers, and experts in the field of digital fabrication, to present, envision, discuss, and build community around digital fabrication, technology, and innovation. This year, FAB16 and Fab City Summit will all be hosted online, with FAB16 Hubs creating events for their communities to join the online programming and local programming of their own.

The meeting includes several events for the manufacturing community and the general public. The community component includes a symposium with talks on Fab Labs, digital fabrication methods, innovative and green approaches, digital fabrication workshops taught by the fabber community.

In order to reach a wider audience, the Fab Festival event will offer a Montréal showcase, an entirely free event. Adults and children alike will be able to discover fabrication technologies and prototyping demonstrations that reflect what can be found in Fab Labs around the world. While the global community cannot be together in person in Montréal, we encourage other regions to create their own local Fab Festivals!

From August 9th to August 15th, 2021, Montréal (Canada) will host the international conference of Fab Labs and the Fab City Summit online under the theme #Fabricating the Commons.


Fab Labs are communities producing and sharing knowledge and tools based on peer production. They manage their resources as commons, in a democratic process for collaborative and solidarity-based and ecological innovations. They act as a global community that makes shared experience the powerful engine of cultural transformation to invent a new society with all generations of citizens.
To make this possible, FAB16 Montréal created six tracks to participate in the creation of meaningful narratives, discovering and harvesting capabilities.

From August 9th to August 15th, 2021, Montréal (Canada) will host the international conference of Fab Labs and the <a href='https://summit.fabcity-montreal.quebec/' target='_blank' rel='noopener'>Fab City Summit</a> online under the theme #Fabricating the Commons.

To make this possible, FAB16 Montréal created six tracks to participate in the creation of meaningful narratives, discovering and harvesting capabilities.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

How to use artificial intelligence for the collective well-being of all sentient beings through inclusive, equitable and ecologically sustainable development?

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Living has never been more complex...
However, together, we can learn to manage the development of projects at the interface of several technological fields while meeting the increasingly important needs of innovators.

Women Makers

Women Makers

Against all expectations, «it was mostly women who came to use the (CNCs),» says Mélanie Thomas - Fab Lab La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Education

Education

Reconciling knowledge and action, blurring the line between blue and white collar jobs, using disruptive technologies and reversing the trend towards a fairer and more sustainable world.

Ecological Transition

Ecological Transition

Regenerating natural systems through a restorative economy based on cooperation, mutualization and social innovation, and regaining control of local sustainable manufacturing.

Open Culture

Open Culture

Produce global knowledge commons, a model for creating the future, that allows people to work together to create repeatable solutions while building collective resilience.

Meet our speakers

Neil Gershenfeld
Neil Gershenfeld
Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
Sherry Lassiter
Sherry Lassiter
President & CEO, The Fab Foundation
Tomás Díez
Tomás Díez
Fab Cities, Iaac Barcelona
Lara Stein
Lara Stein
Founder of TEDx, Founder & CEO of Boma Global
Nathan Seidle
Nathan Seidle
Founder of SparkFun
Mouna Andraos
Mouna Andraos
Co-founder of Daily tous les jours
Bob Martin
Bob Martin
Senior Staff Engineer / Wizard of Make
Paul Sacaridiz
Paul Sacaridiz
Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Dr. Céline Auclair
Dr. Céline Auclair
Co-founder and Executive Director of the First Peoples Innovation Centre
Andrea Dezsö
Andrea Dezsö
Visual artist
Ann Merchant
Ann Merchant
Deputy Executive Director for Communications at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
James Rutter
James Rutter
Fab Lab Coordinator Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Vince Kadlubek
Vince Kadlubek
Founder of the art collective Meow Wolf
Zach Fredin
Zach Fredin
Research Assistant at The Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT
Camron Blackburn
Camron Blackburn
Research Assistant at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms
Alison Parker, PhD
Alison Parker, PhD
Senior Program Associate with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP)
Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
Brown Theoretical Physics Center Director
Paul Magid
Paul Magid
Co-Founder/Director of the Flying Karamazov Brothers

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How to participate


FAB16 will integrate all the knowledge gained during the year by more than 2000 Fab Labs around the world. At this conference, everyone is invited to participate in various activities: proposing, leading or getting involved in a workshop or working group, submitting research publications, becoming a volunteer, just to name a few. The Regional Networks are gathering their communities to participate in online and local events as FAB16 Hubs. To see a list of all of the FAB16 Hubs and get involved with your local Hub, click here!

Click the links below to learn more.

Participate with your workshops

Whether you're new to a FABx conference or have attended many, workshops are a great way to share your knowledge with the Fab Lab network. Workshops are either theoretical or hands-on, and cover a wide range of topics, from biomaterials to hacking a machine to Sustainable Development Goals. Workshop facilitators are community members who come with prior experience in their local community projects, workshops, and ideas. They can be new or active members of the Fab Lab network!

Use the link below to propose a workshop!

** Keep in mind that your workshop should be no longer than 2 hours. Most people will join online and, given the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, not everyone will have access to the tools found in a Fab Lab unless they can purchase them in advance. So we need to be creative!

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Submit your scientific paper

The research paper stream of FAB16 invites authors of original research articles studying the Fab Lab movement, its ambitions and impacts across a broad spectrum of disciplines, including computer science, engineering, science and technology fields, management and business, education, urban planning, media and design, and more. Use the link below to submit a publication:

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021

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Stop. Reboot. Learn: Innovating Fab teaching and learning for the next decade

This FAB16 award challenge, sponsored by Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, gives you the chance to think big, and to envision new ways of fab teaching and learning over the next decade. Tell us your visionary idea or give a concrete example of a physical product that will reboot learning.

Apply here by Wednesday, August 4 :

Apply

Participate with FAB World, Fabercise, Fab Cinema and more!

We want to know what projects you and your community are developing! This is your opportunity during FAB16 to give a 3-minute presentation to the community about projects, initiatives, your teams, and developments that are happening in your Fab Lab and community. This year, in addition to Fab World, we are also encouraging the Fab Lab network to submit other pre-recorded creative content, such as to run a Fabercise, propose a Fab Cinema, a “ Fab Discovery ” and/or a Podcast! Teach the network something new! You can find a description of each of these in the application form.

Keep in mind that this year's theme is “Fabricating the Commons,” and it's about how we can produce and share knowledge and tools based on peer production to create a sustainable future for all.

Want to share your initiatives? Use the link below to submit your proposals!

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Organize a workshop at the Fab Festival local event

The Fab Festival is an all-Saturday event open to a local public in Montréal. Free workshops where children, young and old will have the opportunity to have their first experience with digital fabrication methodologies. An event that you certainly can't miss!

If you want to lead a workshop during the Fab Festival, write to us at [email protected]

Becoming a volunteer means ...

  • Being in contact with people from different cultures
  • Supporting participants during the conference by facilitating their experience
  • Creating links with other volunteers and actors of the movement.

Given the circumstances of COVID-19, we do not yet know whether we will be able to host international participants in person in Montréal. Our current volunteer application form is only for people who currently live in Canada and plan to attend FAB16 in person.

In the coming months, we will be reaching out to the Fab Lab Network about volunteering for the international ONLINE event.

This is an opportunity for you to be a part of the largest digital fabrication event in the world!

Use the link below to submit your interest!

**You have to be authorized by the Canadian government to legally work as a volunteer in Montréal.

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Becoming a sponsor is …

  • An opportunity to be a leader in disruptive technologies like 3D Printing, CAD design, robotics, laser machining and more!
  • Create a spirit of collaboration between makers from around the world to advance complex projects.
  • Connect with leaders who are using digital fabrication as a way to make breakthroughs in various fields.
  • Bring your brand or products and services to a creative audience that uses a wide variety of hardware and software.

Contact us to find out how you can take part in this extraordinary event and secure your participation, at [email protected]