May 22, 2023

The Makerspace: A Global Miniature of Innovation

Can technology promise to heal and reconstruct what previous technological revolutions have destroyed? Current technological advancements are no longer powered by steam, but what are they powered by?

Amidst the wake of an AI revolution, how do we examine the medium before the message and avoid another retrospective into the impact of technologies on society?

In the makerspace at re:publica, The Digital Doughnut Model workshop will explore how technology sectors and the technologies we use can get us to thrive and not only to survive as humans without overcrossing the boundaries of the Planet. 

What do people in Iraq -arguably one of the hottest spots on earth-, do to mitigate climate change? The innovation for climate change session will show us how they make water from thin air and utilize the blazing heat from the sun to help their society.

As we pose all the above questions, we can not but wonder, were the answers there all along in indigenous knowledge and traditional knowledge structures? Incorporating Indigenous African Knowledge in Design and Making sessions will scratch more than the surface of this topic.

The Global Innovation Gathering, a long-time partner of re:publica, and with the support of Distributed Design Platform, sculpts a miniature of what global collaboration and hands-on knowledge sharing can look like through a full three days workshops schedule.

We are proud to have invited members from Kenya, India, Brazil, Ukraine, and many more, who will be leading workshops in their respective areas of research; whether it is smart agriculture, Mesh internet Networks as resilient and decentralized local alternatives to the global internet’, the Makerspace offers a first-hand experience of what  global ‘alternative’ solutions can look like.

We are happy this year to open a WetLab adjacent to our Makerspace for some Biohacking, exploration for natural pigments and open source estrogen.

Once again we are thankful for our amazing xHain and machBar from Potsdam for building and supporting the makerspace.

Story by re:publica

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Sandra Mamitzsch