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Tuesday, August 1
 

14:30

Quality Testing In-Field Prototypes Q&A
Humanitarian Makers is a grassroots, global community of makers and humanitarians supporting disaster response. We are in the process of narrowing our focus to enable effective, global engagement. In fall of 2017, we aim to pilot crowd-sourced quality testing of various in-field developed prototypes that are meeting a persistent and/or pressing human need. This will help us understand if this focus provides real value to humanitarians and makers alike. We are “incubated” in Field Ready and together are learning how to effectively support humanitarian hardware prototype development that is appropriate, affordable, available and accessible when and where needed, with a focus on distributed and local manufacturing. As such, we will be delivering a workshop on Quality Testing of In-Field Humanitarian Prototypes at Fab13. This workshop is interactive and hands-on. Participants will hear stories about field engineer efforts to create prototypes in humanitarian settings. Participants will have opportunity to pull from their making experiences to inform how might prototype quality testing be accessible and actionable by the making community and fab lab network (the Q&A). Participants will also be able to walk-through a 3D print of a Field Ready prototype. 

Workshop Tutors
avatar for Naiomi Lundman

Naiomi Lundman

Curator, Humanitarian Makers
Talk to me about: local manufacturing and production, distributed design and manufacturing, crowdsourced quality testing....and something you found fascinating recently. Find me on twitter @nailund. Naiomi Lundman is curating the growing Humanitarian Makers (HM) community of makers... Read More →




Tuesday August 1, 2017 14:30 - 16:30
Centro de Extension Universidad Catolica O'Higgins, Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 390, Santiago, Región Metropolitana
 
Wednesday, August 2
 

14:30

Fab lab “in-a-box” for humanitarian and development context Working Group

The Humanitarian FabKit project aims at scaling-up (to the humanitarian sector) a rapidly deployable set of resources to enable solution development by and for communities affected by natural and manmade disasters (and conflicts and other forms of violence) and also by humanitarian workers in the field. It includes a micro Fab Lab and also other components (digital platform, infrastructure, etc.) required to build a community enabling environment in humanitarian or development settings.

At maturity, the Humanitarian FabKit is planned to be an affordable (<10K$) and open solution that can be entirely made in a Fab Lab (or similarly equipped space) and can be used and adapted for a variety of innovation communities enabling scenarios, deployable in remote and resource scarce settings.

Read our story about the first 2 months of activity of a Humanitarian FabKit deployed, in Greece in a refugee context, with Terre des hommes.

Humanitarian and development work requires solutions adapted to the specific needs and constraints that come with the challenges of remote and hardship settings. Size, cost, volume are all critical factors to carefully consider when deploying an enabling environment such as a Fab Lab in a humanitarian setting. From a recent discussion with Neil Gershenfeld emerged this idea and opportunity of a “Fab Lab made Humanitarian FabKit” that could significantly reduce cost and improve sustainability.

This working group is dedicated to (almost) everything relating to digital fabrication from a Humanitarian FabKit point of view, a short introduction to the Humanitarian FabKit followed by a high profile set of presentations/demos/panel discussions will set the stage, for the breakout groups.

Please note that this working group is allocating a significant portion of the 4 hours to breakout (working) groups.

1. Introduction (30’)
Welcome to the working group. About the Humanitarian FabKit and the opportunities to actually make it in a Fab Lab.

2. Panel: Fab Lab made Humanitarian FabKit (60’)
Setting the stage for the breakout groups including a set of plenary, short, structured discussions:

2.1) “Machines that make” (with Jens Dyvik and Felix Ma) - research that could lead to a flat pack, Fab Lab made, digital fabrication machine with interchangeable end-effectors. Includes the following demos: Small Fab Lab made DigiFab machines (with Jens Dyvik)  & a modular DigiFab machine in a bag (with Felix Ma).

2.2) "Software-hardware interface" (with Neil Gershenfeld) - to support design, automation, and interfacing with machines.

2.3) "Parametric container" (with David Ott & Jean-Marie Durney) - imagine a parametric container system to transport and protect the Humanitarian FabKit and would also be multi-purpose for example could be reassembled into furniture, etc. Developing on Bill Young’s CNC designs to produce a parametric container that can be made in a Fab Lab. Includes a demo of containers with a variation of low tech attachment methods (without Bill Young).

2.4) "Training of Trainers" (with Luciano Betoldi) for digital fabrication and related skills.

3. Breakout groups (120’)
Work time! With the insight gained during the panel and according to everyone's individual interest breakout groups can further develop any of the above topics.

4. Wrap up (30’)
Debrief from the breakout groups, next steps, etc.


Speakers
avatar for Jens Dyvik

Jens Dyvik

Research and Development, Fellesverkstedet
avatar for Neil Gershenfeld

Neil Gershenfeld

Director, MIT Center for Bit and Atoms, MIT

Workshop Tutors
avatar for David Ott

David Ott

Co-founder, Global Humanitarian Lab
avatar for Felix Ma

Felix Ma

SZOIL

Panelists
avatar for Luciano Betoldi

Luciano Betoldi

International Operations Director, Fab Foundation
Luciano Betoldi, International Operations Director at the Fab Foundation, accumulates more than 10 years' experience working in the digital fabrication space. Luciano graduated in Product Design at Istituto Europe di Design in Barcelona and undertook further studies in Interaction... Read More →



Wednesday August 2, 2017 14:30 - 18:30
Centro de Extension Universidad Catolica O'Higgins, Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 390, Santiago, Región Metropolitana
 
Thursday, August 3
 

14:30

Fab Labs with impact & Leveraging the Fab Lab network Working Group
The Humanitarian FabKit project aims at scaling-up (to the humanitarian sector) a rapidly deployable set of resources to enable solution development by and for communities affected by natural and manmade disasters (and conflicts and other forms of violence) and also by humanitarian workers in the field. It includes a micro Fab Lab and also other components (digital platform, infrastructure, etc.) required to build a community enabling environment in humanitarian or development settings.

At maturity, the Humanitarian FabKit is planned to be an affordable (<10K$) and open solution that can be entirely made in a Fab Lab (or similarly equipped space) and can be used and adapted for a variety of innovation communities enabling scenarios, deployable in remote and resource scarce settings.

Read our story about the first 2 months of activity of a Humanitarian FabKit deployed, in Greece in a refugee context, with Terre des hommes.

As the humanitarian FabKit is specially conceived to address humanitarian needs (education and livelihoods more specifically), topics such as impact become indissociable. For the first proof of concept in Ioannina, Greece, with the NGO Terre des Hommes, the humanitarian FabKit is focusing special attention on female inclusion and is now considering how to assess and measure appropriately the impact of the space in the refugee and local communities.

Read our story and discussion opener about female inclusion in field-based maker space.

The Humanitarian FabKit is a new concept the GHL is applying to humanitarian assistance, the reason why this session is intended to share experiences and capture good practices that could be localized into a humanitarian scenario related to inclusion, impact and the power of the FabLab network.

1. Introduction (30’)
Welcome, introduction to the Global Humanitarian Lab, the Humanitarian FabKit project and the challenges for the working group.

2. Inclusion (60’)
What is inclusion? multiple approaches to inclusion are linked to each specific context. What does it mean inclusion in the humanitarian practice? What does it mean inclusion in the setting of a Fab Lab?2.1)

2.1) Inclusion in the humanitarian practice (by Adriana De Oro)

2.2) Inclusion in the context of FabLabs (by Wendy Neale)

2.3) How do we practice inclusion? Wendy will lead the section to discuss examples that will challenge the way we perceive the practice of inclusion in the FabLab space. (Wendy)

2.4) Measuring inclusion: After sharing different approaches to inclusion, the section will conclude with the question: how do we measure it? What are the important elements Managers take into account to show inclusion results? What are the baselines used as well as the tools? (Adriana)

3. Impact (60’)
Discussing the meaning of impact for FabLab in different contexts. (moderated by Adriana)

3.1) How do we measure “impact” (of a Fab Lab)? What are the standard practices and how could this be translated into the humanitarian practice?

3.2) Use a data model to show how different participants are measuring impact (by Adriana)

4. Impact networks (60’)
What is the role of the networks in reaching the expected impact? How to get connected? This section will explore how networks such as the FabLab community and Humanitarian Makers can interact with the Humanitarian FabKit in order to foster its impact. (moderators: Adriana, Naiomi, & Tomas)

5. Wrap up (30’)
A general sharing opportunity to reflect on the session main takeaways and gather interest from participants who would like to contribute further to advance these projects with the GHL.

Moderators
Workshop Tutors
avatar for Naiomi Lundman

Naiomi Lundman

Curator, Humanitarian Makers
Talk to me about: local manufacturing and production, distributed design and manufacturing, crowdsourced quality testing....and something you found fascinating recently. Find me on twitter @nailund. Naiomi Lundman is curating the growing Humanitarian Makers (HM) community of makers... Read More →



Thursday August 3, 2017 14:30 - 18:30
Centro de Extension Universidad Catolica O'Higgins, Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 390, Santiago, Región Metropolitana