#Fabricating the Commons

FAB16 brings together members of the international Fab Lab Network, as well as government representatives, academic researchers and experts in the field of digital fabrication, to present, envision, discuss, and create community around digital fabrication, manufacturing, technology and innovation.

This meeting includes several events for the manufacturing community and for the general public. The community component includes a symposium with conferences about Fab Labs, digital manufacturing methods, innovative and ecological approaches, digital fabrication workshops given by the fabber community.

FAB16 reaches more than 2000 Fab Labs in 126 countries and more than 3000 participants : fabbers, ecofriendly designers, people in the manufacturing industry, artists, teachers, researchers, and more.

For a larger audience, the Fab Festival event will be the window for the entire Montréal community, a totally free event. Adults and children will discover making technologies and prototyping demonstrations about Fab Labs from around the world.

From August 9th to August 15th, 2021, Montréal (Canada) will host the 16th international conference of Fab Labs and the Fab City Summit 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 16th international conference of Fab Labs and the <a href='https://summit.fabcity-montreal.quebec/' target='_blank' rel='noopener'>Fab City Summit</a> 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 can artificial intelligence be used 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, in common, we can learn to manage project development 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.



Reconciling knowledge and doing, blurring the boundary between blue-collar and white-collar workers, using disruptive technologies and reversing the trend towards a more just and sustainable world.

Ecological Transition

Ecological Transition

Regenerate natural systems through a restorative economy based on cooperation, mutualisation and social innovation, and regain control of sustainable local manufacturing.

Open Culture

Open Culture

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

Meet our speakers

FABx events speakers come from all over the world.

You will find them in Montréal and on the online conferencing platform in August 2021!

The team is mobilizing to introduce you soon to the key personalities who will share their experience with us at FAB16 Montréal.

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How to participate

FAB16 integrates the knowledge acquired throughout the year from over 2000 Fab Labs around the world. As we gather together at the conference, everyone is encouraged to participate in various activities: leading or engaging in a workshop or working group, submitting a research paper, or being a volunteer, to name a few. Visit the tabs below to participate!

Participate with your workshops

Whether you are new to FABx Events, or have been to many, workshops are a great way to share your knowledge with the Fab Labs Network. Workshops are either theoretical or hands-on, and have a wide range of topics, from biomaterials to hacking a machine to Sustainable Development Goals. Leaders of the workshops are community members who come in with previous experience from their local community's 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 more than 2 hours. The majority of people will be joining online, and given the circumstances around Covid-19, not everyone will have access to tools you would find in a Fab Lab unless they can purchase them ahead of time. So we need to be creative!


Submit your Paper

The FAB16 research papers stream invites original scholarly writing from researchers studying the Fab Lab movement, its ambitions and its impact from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, engineering, science and technology studies, business and management, education, urban studies, media and design, and many more. Submit your paper here :

Abstract Registration Deadline: May 31, 2021


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

We want to hear about what FAB projects you and your community are developing! This is an opportunity during FAB16 to present a 3 minute talk to the Fab community about projects, initiatives, teams, and developments happening in your Fab Lab and Fab community. This year, in addition to Fab World, we are also encouraging the Fab Lab Network to submit other creative pre-recorded content, such as Fabercise, Fab Cinema, Fab Discovery and/or Fab Podcast! Teach the Network something new! You will find a description of each in the application form.

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

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


Participate with a Fab Festival Workshop

The Fab Festival is an all-Saturday event open to the public.
Free workshops where children, young and old will have the opportunity to have their first experiences with digital manufacturing methodologies.
An event you certainly won't want to miss!

If you'd like to facilitate a workshop during the Fab Festival, please email [email protected]

Become a volunteer is ...

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

Given the circumstances of COVID-19, we do not know yet 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 biggest Digital Fabrication event in the world!

Use the link below to submit your interest!

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


Become a sponsor is …

  • An opportunity to be thought leader in disruptive technology fields such as 3D Printing, CAD design, robotics, laser machining and more!
  • Create a collaborative spirit among fabricators worldwide to move complex projects forward.
  • Connect with leaders who are using digital fabrication as a means to breakthroughs in diverse fields.
  • Make your brand or products and services known to a creative audience who utilize 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]