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The Fab Effect

The first academic-industrial research focusing on discovering, measuring and interpreting the impact of citizen manufacturing laboratories in education, entrepreneurship and social cohesion


The effects in the context

What’s the impact of Fab Labs and Maker spaces? Can they help to develop new abilities, entrepreneurial skills and social capital?
Fab Labs, MakerSpaces and Ateneus de Fabricació often share a common vision: that of citizens who, empowered by new technologies and skills, co-produce the necessary innovations to transform their environment by generating a collective social benefit. However, there is still little understanding of the effects that these novel spaces are having in their own contexts and beyond... This project proposes the first academic-industrial research focused on discovering, measuring and interpreting "the fab effect": that is, the impact of citizen manufacturing laboratories in three specific fields:

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