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#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, and a Super Fab Lab, large innovative space intended for manufacturing prototypes and workshops.

FAB16 reaches more than 1800 Fab Labs and over 1200 attendees : 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 July 27th to August 2nd, 2020, Montréal (Canada) will host the 16th international meeting 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 processes 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.

Artificial Intelligence
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

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

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

Education

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

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

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.

SPEAKERS

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
Tomàs Diez
Tomàs Diez
Fab Cities, Iaac Barcelona
More speakers will be announced soon!

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How to participate


FAB16 integrates the knowledge acquired throughout the year from over 1800 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 working groups

Join us in the Working Groups of the Fab Labs Network, where we gather in smaller cohorts to plan out recurring global initiatives, such as Fab Academy, International Education, Assistive Technology, and more. These are theoretical discussions, and a chance for the global community to connect and share their perspectives.

Use the link below to submit a working group!

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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 Lab Network. Workshops are either theoretical and/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!

** Keep in mind that if you are leading a workshop, your workshop must be approved before you purchase your discounted ticket. No refund.

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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. Use the link below to propose a paper !

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Participate with FAB World

We want to hear about what FAB projects you and your community are developing! FAB World 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.

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.

Interested in sharing your project? Use the link below to propose a project!

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Participate with a Fab Festival Workshop

The Fab Festival is a two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) 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 fab16@fabfoundation.org

Become a volunteer is ...

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

Please fill the following information to apply as a volunteer during the FAB16 event. This is an opportunity for you to be in the biggest Digital Fabrication event of the world. Interested in volunteering?

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

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travel

travel

Each year we try to make your stay as gratifying as possible. FAB16 will be in Montréal on the McGill University campus in the heart of the city. Our site includes information on all of your travel needs getting to Canada, and getting around Montréal.
You will find all the useful information on how to obtain a visa, discounts on hotels as well as flights, restaurants and transportation in the city.

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