Sofos recently presented an annual update on its involvement in setting-up a Fab Lab in Suriname. This happened during two international conferences, FabFuse in The Netherlands and Fab8 in New Zealand.
From 8-11 August 2012, the FabFuse 2012 first grassroots Fab Lab conference took place in Amersfoort, The Netherlands (http://www.fabfuse.org). Pieter van der Hijden (Sofos Consultancy) presented "Fab Lab Suriname; a play on three boards". It described the development of a personal mini Fab Lab, a regular Fab Lab on a creative campus and an official innovation center / Fab Lab, initiated by the government of Suriname. The consultant is involved in all three ongoing efforts, each of which has its own dynamics. The challenge is to find a sustainable solution that has added value for the social and economic development of Suriname. The participants showed a great interest in the three (potential) Fab Labs and ways to develop them further. For the slides, see http://slidesha.re/UqVxCN.
Wellington, New Zealand, was the site of the Fab8 International Conference (http://www.fab8nz.com) from 22-28 August 2012. Due to the large amount of presentations, each presenter had to follow the so-called Ignite format. This implied a restriction to 15 slides of 20 seconds each. Pieter van der Hijden (Sofos Consultancy) again presented the actual situation regarding a Fab Lab in Suriname. There was no formal discussion afterwards, but various corridor chats. Especially, participants from developing countries appreciated the presentation and offered to stay in touch and to collaborate. For the slides, see http://slidesha.re/SeVWoX.
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