Newsletter - May 2012

Here is the May 2012 Newsletter of the International Fab Lab Association (Sorry for the delay). We will inform you about what is happening in our association and abroad and how you can participate. Feel free to forward it further!


  • From the board
  • Picture of the month
  • Deadline 1 June 2012 for submissions Open Knowledge Festival Finland
  • FAB-✱ Education conference
  • How to manage a Fab Lab
  • eLearning Africa in Bénin
  • Web site member pages
  • Intellectual property
  • Reading and watching
  • Upcoming events
  • Statistics
  • Colophon

From the board

From left to right: Alex, Betty, Hiro, Lass, Pieter, Axel, Lindi, Peter

In our board meeting via Skype on May 14th, we focused on the coming Fab8 conference in New Zealand. Issues were our annual members meeting, time zones inconveniences and the way we could support the organizers. Further, we added "intellectual property" to our list of common issues (see below). Our next board meeting has been scheduled for June 11th 2012. That is also the deadline for our June Newsletter that will be published one week later.

FABulous greetings!
Alex, Axel, Betty, Hiro, Lass, Lindi, Peter, Pieter

Picture of the month

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What are you seeing, where on earth is this found and what is its relation with Fab Labs? The answer will be revealed in our next issue.

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CC-BY dullhunk - The picture in the April 2012 issue of our Newsletter showed Chips, a funky pink, brown and peach building in Manchester UK, seat of Fab Lab Manchester (and more);

Deadline 1 June 2012 for submissions Open Knowledge Festival Finland

Please, hurry, if you want to submit a proposal to the Open Design stream at the Open Knowledge Festival that takes place from 17-22 September 2012 in Helsinki, Finland;; the deadline is 1 June 2012. The stream covers Open Design in all its facets and applications, also including Open Hardware, Open Fabrication and Manufacturing, and Making in general. The stream includes keynotes, presentations, panels and discussion, practical hands-on activities and topic-focused workshops, and an exhibition with open design / hardware / manufacturing artefacts. Contact: Peter Troxler at

FAB-✱ Education conference

The FAB-✱ Education conference (Bremen, 15-17 June) has published its program; see Registration is open at Enter "Fab Lab community member" in the "Kommentar" field to get free entry to the conference (while space lasts).

How to manage a Fab Lab

In our April newsletter we informed you about a new (pilot) course of the Fab Academy: "How to manage a Fab Lab" to be started September 2012. We included a questionnaire. If you missed it, please, see the separate document titled "Preview: Expanding Fab Academy educational content: "How to manage a Fab Lab" and fill the short questionnaire!

eLearning Africa in Bénin

On behalf of the Association, Pieter van der Hijden and Lindi Mophuti prepared a presentation "Fab Lab: Shifting eLearning from Bits to Atoms" tot the eLearning Africa conference that took place in Cotonou, Bénin, from 23-25 May 2012. About 35 participants attended the parallel session, Pieter delivered there. They came from a variety of African countries. Most of them did not know the Fab Lab concept. There was a serious interest, especially in low budget Fab Labs. See the slides at

By the way, by far the best plenary speech of the conference was delivered by Father Godfrey Nzamujo, who started the Songhai project for agricultural innovation, teaching and production AND the location of the Fab Lab Bénin. Your reporter visited the project in Porto-Novo after the conference. Excellent! Although the Fab Lab is not completely up and running yet, due to its context, it already can be an example for Fab Labs elsewhere ( To be continued!

Web site member pages

We have filled the member pages on our web site with our year program,our backstage with information on ongoing work, our archive with the minutes of our annual general members meeting and monthly board meetings and our preparations for Fab8 and the next general members meeting.

Intellectual property

One of the Fab Labs sent us a case regarding IP-rights. They asked for any rules or policies regarding IP-rights of Fab Lab visitors, internships, Fab Lab itself, sponsors etc. As far as the board knows, the community has a variety of opinions on this topic. It is a rather specialistic topic that has to be figured out further. Contact: Peter Troxler at

Reading and watching

Skipped this month.

Upcoming events

For the latest information, check our website at




Our association has 141 members (individual persons). If you know people interested in becoming a member, let them fill in the form you find on

There are now 138 Fab Labs. Please, check your ratings at!
Stats May12
Contact: Lindi Mophuti.


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