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Thursday, May 21 • 11:25am - 12:10pm
The Two Faces of the Maker Movement: Between Individual Empowerment & Commercial Innovation

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The Maker Movement, Fab Labs, Digital Fabrication and Open Hardware are now reaching out to society at large: extensive media coverage, many books are out, policymakers are funding makerspaces hoping they will spur a new wave of economic prosperity, and corporations are jumping on the train.

This momentum is now putting its duality under the spotlight: on one side, making and hacking seen as a driver for individual emancipation; one the other one, as a driver for commercial innovation. This "grassroots vs business" tension can be felt in cultural and practical differences between freedom-focused hackerspaces, and innovation-focused digital fabrication spaces ; or in the open source vs closed source paradigms.

How do we observe this duality, and we overcome it? How can we connect those two communities, and actually are they really two different communities? 

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Benjamin Tincq

Co-Founder, Good Tech Lab / OuiShare
Co-Founder of Good Tech Lab, OuiShare and POC2Benjamin is an impact entrepreneur, and expert on collaborative innovation and decentralized business models. He is the founder of Good Tech Lab, a research venture exploring the frontiers of technology, entrepreneurship and finance to tackle... Read More →

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Gabriela Agustini

Fundadora, Olabi
Fundadora da Olabi, organização que busca democratizar a produção e o acesso às novas tecnologias, que coordena um makerspace parte da rede global de fablabs no Rio, e já desenvolveu projetos nos 5 continentes. É professora, palestrante, curadora de eventos e consultora de... Read More →
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Samuel N. Bernier

Creative Director, Le Fab Shop
Digital manufacturing and design.
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Mickael Desmoulins

Open Innovation Manager, Renault Creative Labs
Open Innovation Manager - Renault Creative Lab / Ideas Laboratory
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Ophelia Noor

Digital Cultures Observer
Digital Cultures Observer & Photojournalist I have been working on digital cultures since 2010, with a focus on makers communities. Co-author of the book « FabLabs, etc. The new digital fabrication spaces » published in 2015 by Eyrolles. I am also the co-founder of the popular... Read More →

Thursday May 21, 2015 11:25am - 12:10pm CEST

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