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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

French social entrepreneur and strategist focused on open source and decentralized technologies for new economies. Co-founder of OuiShare: a global network of projects and people exploring the edge and intersections of collaborative economies, emerging communities and digital transformations ; and POC21: a global community of eco-hackers developing open source solutions for sustainable living. Currently building a new-generation Investment Fund... Read More →

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Gabriela Agustini

Founder, Olabi Makerspace
Gabriela Agustini is founder and director of Olabi makerspace, an entrepreneurship hub in Rio de Janeiro dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and the innovative development of tools from carpentry to robotics. She is also currently Professor of Culture and Technology at two universities in Brazil and blogger for Brazilian version of The Huffington Post (Brasil Post). She discovered the potential of the P2P network while studying... 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

Chef de projet, SC21
Digital Cultures Explorer & 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 french D.I.Y fairs 'Open Bidouille Camps" (OBC) ; more than 40 OBC were held in France since summer 2012 . I have also worked as a journalist for the digital culture... Read More →

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

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