The label Fab ✱ applies to events across Europe that contribute to the exchange and cooperation of national FabLab communities.
- Fab ✱ events cover a topic that is relevant beyond any single FabLab; they attract significatly more than just the local community.
- Fab ✱ events are widely and publicly accessible.
- Fab ✱ events are about learning collectively.
- Fab ✱ events require a certain effort of self-organization.
- Fab ✱ events further Open Knowledge – their results are publicly and freely accessible (Open Access).
- Fab ✱ events are affordable for participants and organisers, and they are not dominated by one single financial sponsor.
A new, cross-disciplinary initiative
The founding members of Fab ✱ have come together across Europe from a variety of different fields in order to discuss new forms of collaboration involving open design, peer production, hardware and art.
Initial goals of FAB ✱
- A NETWORK: To help build an international, inclusive community of artists, designers, makers and hackers interested in understanding each others’ individual passions while exploring new intersections across fields.
- AN EXCHANGE: To encourage the open communication and dissemination of ideas, knowledge and skills amongst all members of the network, and to be welcoming to those who are new.
- A COLLABORATION: To allow for different types of people to disseminate and display their works and organise new projects together.