Careables | Open Source Hardware in Healthcare

In Made4You, Fab Labs and makerspaces collaborate with patients and professionals to create personalised solutions and open source knowledge that will improve the live of many patients and professionals in Europe and the world. Accessible, comprehensive and easy to use open source hardware will be documented, collected and shared through the central platform ‘Careables’. This platform will grow into a central hub and function not only as repository for well documented open hardware projects. It will offer many different communities a place to connect and exchange knowledge, needs and co-create solutions.

In the context of Made4You we also run the Open Health HACKademy.

Project duration: January 2018 - December 2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 780298.


The vision of REFLOW is to develop circular and regenerative cities through the re-localisation of production and the re-configuration of material flows at different scales. More specifically, it will use Fab Labs and makerspaces as catalysers of a systemic change in urban and peri-urban environments, which enable, visualize and regulate “four freedoms”: free movement of materials, people, (technological) knowledge and commons, in order to reduce materials consumption, maximize multifunctional use of (public) spaces and envisage regenerative practices. Concretely, REFLOW aims at providing realistic best practices aligning market and government needs in order to create favourable conditions for the public and private sector to adopt circular principles. In order to provide critical examples of ways in which cities can adopt a CE model and reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, REFLOW will create new CE business models (Distributed Design Market model, On-Demand System, Corporate Hacking and Corporate Pyramid) within 6 pilot cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, Paris, Vejle and Cluj-Napoca) and assess their social, environmental and economic impact. The project will make use of blockchain technologies in order to incentivise the circular practices in local ecosystems and data visualisation tools to enable continuous monitoring and optimisation of “urban metabolic” processes and rapid interventions management. Networks of sensors, urban computing and geo-localisation will capture data ensuring accuracy, integrity and interoperability of relevant data infrastructures, while data visualisation and standard templates will be available for effective communication, public consultation, and exchange of experiences.


EcoMaker | Open Source Tools for Sustainability in Makerspaces

In the ecoMaker research project, FabLab Berlin 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. This will take place within two years.

The users of maker spaces, so-called “makers”, are to be provided with knowledge and concrete needs-oriented tools that raise awareness for sustainable production and support the resource-conserving design of individual projects. These tools are being developed in close cooperation with the makers and will then be distributed as open source to users throughout Germany.