responses to change

OD&M (Open Design & Manufacturing) is an international community that experiments with processes of experiential, distributed and collaborative learning on the themes of open design and manufacturing.

The aim of the platform is to innovate with traditional training systems so that they can produce professionals and knowledge that is able to face up to global economic challenges. Thanks to this three-year project, makers, university professors, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs from Europe and China, have experienced training courses, thematic events and international mobility that have allowed them to structure themselves as a learning community.

In collaboration with the University of Florence – DIDA, we have supported the building of this community, with online and offline tools, helped define the educational programme, identified the practical challenges that the students will have to overcome, organised events, and the circulated the results that have been achieved.

OpenMaker is a European project of the Horizon 2020 programme which aims to support the European manufacturing ecosystem, creating a network of innovators, makers, manufacturing entrepreneurs, researchers and technology enthusiasts, and promoting their widespread collaboration. The project saw the involvement of 10 operating partners in four European countries, the United Kingdom, Spain, Slovakia, and Italy, the area represented by ourselves and the Topix Consortium. 4 accelerators in 4 countries; more than 100 events organised across Europe; 137 proposals collected during the international calls, 21 of which were each awarded with 20 thousand euros of investment; 420 thousand euros disbursed in total for the development of the winning proposals; over 500 subscribers to the platform. More specifically, through inspiration, networking and training opportunities aimed at the generation and development of innovative ideas and prototypes, we have built and managed an Italian community of makers and traditional manufacturing companies that has produced and financed 10 innovative prototypes.