About

We are a Think & Make Tank, bringing together technologists and entrepreneurs from all over Europe for a new type of sabbatical work. It celebrates intense non-commercial Research & Development, geared to explore fresh products and processes which help making the vision of a Sustainable Europe 2030 a reality.

Projects

We do so through running both applied research projects and spaces supporting innovation, be them publicly or privately funded. Methodically we make sure that they correspond with European goals on a research and innovation policy level, including a preference for Open Innovation and Open Science.

Innovation Labs

OPEN!NEXT

OPEN!NEXT


01. Sep 2019 – 31. Aug 2022

We are a member of the consortium of project OPEN!NEXT, an H2020-project attempting to transform how products are created, making it more accessible to work in an open source fashion for the benefits of citizens and businesses alike. OPEN!NEXT is made up of 19 partners from seven European countries. Our areas of expertise vary: from business and data management to design processes and maker spaces.

Innovation Labs for Technology Transfer

TEXTILE PROTOTYPING LAB

TEXTILE PROTOTYPING LAB


18. Oct 2019 – 25. Oct 2019

The first open laboratory for the development of high-tech textiles in Germany and an open innovation research platform to promote innovation and networking between research, design and industry.

Applied Research for Ecological Sustainability

REFLOW

REFLOW


01. Jun 2019 – 31. May 2022

REFLOW is an EU H2020 funded project, from 2019 to 2022, that seeks to understand and transform urban material flows and to co-create and test circular and regenerative solutions at business, governance and citizen levels.

Applied Research for Assistive Tech

CAREABLES

CAREABLES


01. Jan 2018 – 31. Dec 2020

Careables is an open and inclusive approach to healthcare for citizens based on digital fabrication, distributed manufacturing and collaborative making.

Applied Research for Deep Tech Products

UDALAK

UDALAK


05. Oct 2019 – 15. Oct 2019

This project, led by Photonic Insights, a deep tech startup from our network, revolves around the highly agile further development of an open hardware spectrometer in two continents and four metropolitan regions within only 14 days.

Applied Research for Ecological Sustainability

ECO MAKER

ECO MAKER


01. Oct 2017 – 30. Sep 2019

In the ecoMaker research project, the Protoypes for EU e.V. and scientists at the TU Berlin have been working together on the topic of sustainability since October 1, 2017. The goal of the DBU-funded project is to anchor approaches to sustainable product development in open workshops, so-called maker spaces, through courses and digital tools within two years.

Innovation Labs for Technology Transfer

FAB LAB BERLIN

FAB LAB BERLIN


04. Oct 2019 – 17. Oct 2019

Okay, the topic Fab Lab Berlin is exciting and not easy at the same time;-) Now that this wonderful institution has been "gentrified" out of a corporate innovation hub in Berlin, we are pushing ahead with the revival of the institution.

Team

Meet our international team of engineers, entrepreneurs, designers and lateral thinkers in alphabetical order. Through our additional activities such as entrepreneurs or academic researchers, we ensure that we do not build ourselves an epistemological bubble that our ultimate goal is to break through.

Advanced Materials & Embedded Systems


Dr. Achyut Bora

Dr. Achyut Bora


Achyut is an experienced material researcher focusing on organic/inorganic hybrid nanotechnology for sensor advanced computational applications. His current project is dedicated to implementing physics-informed machine learning to edge computing for industrial automation.


Industrial Design


Ackeem Ngwenya

Ackeem Ngwenya


South African-born Ackeem Ngwenya is a product designer focussed on African development and founder of Roadless Ltd. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Jewellery Design at the University of Stellenbosch and went on to complete a master’s in innovation design engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London in 2014.

Circular Economy


Anika Paape

Anika Paape


Anika studied Industrial Design at the Muthesius Academy of Art in Kiel. Since 2013 she has been a freelancer at reditum // Furniture with a past life in changing fields of activity. She then supports the Cologne label for upcycling furniture in product concepts, prototype construction, trade fair appearances and public relations.


Innovation Labs


Clelia Medina

Clelia Medina


Clelia Medina is our expert for collaborations with Latin American partner organizations. Among other things, she is currently working on a concept for an education and innovation lab to complement existing offerings in Nicaragua.

Coordination


Daniel Heltzel

Daniel Heltzel


Daniel is coordinating both running and upcoming efforts of the network. In this role, he is also particularly interested in making contact with partner organizations in order to initiate further exciting activities of the network.


Tangible Interaction Design


Dr. Daniel Wessolek

Dr. Daniel Wessolek


Daniel is a tangible interaction designer with a focus on emerging technologies in the interplay of design and art. He is an open hard- and software advocate and creates assistive tech in co-design processes with and for personal fabrication tools. Together with Isabelle Dechamps he represents the Berlin Careables Team for Prototypes. Daniel is also our project lead for the Open!Next project.

Entrepreneurship and Engineering


Dario Seipold

Dario Seipold


Dario holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering and Management with a specialization in Electrical Engineering and Finance from TU Berlin. With his experience in the entrepreneurial domain he contributes to financial and operational tasks in the project Open!Next.

Co-Creation Program Design


Isabelle Dechamps

Isabelle Dechamps


Isabelle is a social designer with a focus on co- creation and accessibility. She develops and coordinates programs like the Open Health HACKademy with multiple stakeholders. Together with Dr. Daniel Wessolek she represents the Berlin Careables Team for Prototypes.

Applied Research for Ecological Sustainability


Dr. Max Marwede

Dr. Max Marwede


Max is linking the Lernfabrik Ökodesign of Fraunhofer-Institute IZM with our network. The Learning Factory Ecodesign is a training program open for professionals and teachers which aims to convey methods and tools to enable participants to design products and services for a circular economy.


Embedded Systems & Machine Learning


Mike Richardson

Mike Richardson


Mike is an entrepreneur focused on deep technology, which includes applications in Embedded Systems and Machine Learning. His geographical scope is truly global, supporting Entrepreneurship in Europe, United States, Mexico and Asia.


Human Machine Interaction


Dr. Stefan Kreitmayer

Dr. Stefan Kreitmayer


Stefan's research interests revolve around the design, development and evaluation of technologies that extend and augment how adults explore knowledge together.

Industrial Design


Tamara Palaske

Tamara Palaske


Tamara Palaske is an industrial designer who is currently coordinating project Eco Maker.


Partners

Practicing Open Innovation and Open Science on an international scale calls for a strong partner network, of course. That's why we are constantly looking out for partner organizations which bring in congruent or complementary resources and a similar mindset. Let's us know if you are interested to team up!

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