Modern Times: the future of work, knowledge and skills in the 4th industrial revolution

May 24, 2018 – @Impact Hub Florence

Artificial intelligence, big data, augmented reality, IoT and platforms are amongst the keywords of the fourth Industrial Revolution. The traditional production and consumption models are changing fast, pushed by technological innovations that connect people to unprecedented levels and scopes. Which are the competences, skills, knowledge and languages needed to govern the revolution 4.0? How do we boost systemic approaches to innovation? How do we combine technological and human progress in an inclusive and sustainable way?

Enrico Parsi | Director @Scuola Coop.

I believe we should distinguish what the future could be, what we can reasonably expect, and what we want the future to be. We always have a choice


Mauro Lombardi | Professor of Economics of Innovation @University of Florence

Modern Times necessarily entail interactions among multiple domains of knowledge, as interdisciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity are key ingredients for knowledge creation and for unpredictable learning outcomes


Zoe Romano | Co-founder @WeMake

The ethics of the maker movement is increasingly influencing production. The possibility of interacting with modular and flexible objects, characterized by open protocols, is slowly taking ground in our society. This implies a growing attention to bottom-up innovation,  based on principles of interdisciplinarity, horizontality and self-organization


Annibale D’Elia | Director of Innovation @City of Milan

The public sector can play a disruptive role of innovation across cities and urban environments. Old industrial areas can become the jumble of new manufacturing initiatives characterised by being local, decentralized, distributed, creating meaningful impacts both on educational and training models, as well as on stimulating innovation in local SMEs production models.”


 Cosimo Savio | CEO @Savio Firmino

We should look for an Italian way to 4.0, promoting the tailored adaptation of digital technologies to traditional manufacturing companies, by empowering workers and artisans to maintain their know-how in design and handcrafts, and by activating generational handover processes that can also be characterised by digital and organisational innovation


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An exploratory study: Universities, Enterprises and Maker Communities in OD&M across Europe

Want to know more about OD&M as a field of cross-sectoral collaborations between Universities, firms and makers communities? Check our study!

What you are going to read is an exploratory study about the types of collaboration and synergies that Universities, manufacturing enterprises and makers communities are currently developing across Europe and China. The study also provides a number of insights and suggestions for the further development of such alliances towards meaningful value chains of innovation in design and manufacturing.


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OD&M Knowledge Alliance in Shanghai (16-20 October 2017)

October 2017, Shanghai (China)

In October 2017, the staff of the OD&M Alliance participated to a one-week international learning mobility hosted by Tongji University, with the goal of creating opportunities of knowledge exchange and networking between Europe and China around the OD&M field.

During the week, the group visited the Fablab Shanghai, the Makerspaces Mushroom Cloud Shanghai and XinChenJian Lab, the Sci-tech City with its institutes, universities and business innovation centres, the Hangzhou Dianzi University Information Engineering School, and in particular a number of labs such as FischerTechnik Machine Innovation Laboratory, Machine Vision Laboratory, CNC Central Laboratory and Mechatronics Laboratory, the XJTLU – Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University.

The OD&M Alliance also participated to a conference organized by the Hackerspace Union of Hangzhou.  

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Jornada: El futuro de la educación STEAM: decodificamos el “ADN Maker”

El próximo 26 de octubre con motivo de la European Maker Week y en el marco del proyecto europeo OD&M (Open Design and Manufacturing), tendrá lugar la jornada El futuro de la educación STEAM: decodificamos el “ADN Maker”

Se trata de una jornada donde se debatirá sobre los rasgos característicos del perfil Maker y donde explorara la integración de dichas competencias en los diferentes niveles del sistema educativo. Contaremos con la participación de varios centros educativos y miembros de la comunidad maker que compartirán con nosotros sus opiniones y experiencias, así como su visión del movimiento maker.  Asimismo, tendremos la oportunidad de dialogar en torno a una mesa redonda y de visitar una exposición de proyectos de “estudiantes makers”.

Desde proyecto OP&M creemos que es posible que el “ADN Maker” se extienda y perdure en el tiempo transmitiendolo a futuras generaciones y por eso la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad de Deusto y Tecnalia, dos de los socios en este proyecto, queremos invitarte a participar a este evento.

El aforo es limitado. Confirmación de asistencia en: European Maker Week


Robo Inspector Hackathon by Fundacja FabLab Łódź

Robo Inspector Hackathon, was the marathon robotics challenge , where the almost 40 young pasionate and students build a robots based on Arduino and Raspberry PI. The challenge based on closed tunel immitaiting a conditions of hard acces spece`s, for example, pipes, channell. During the maraton we build 9 robots! The special guest of Hackathon was Mitch Altman! Open source and open hardware global disseminator, co-founder of Noisebridge hackerspaces.

During this event (between 22 and 24th September) I made a great observation and prototype of education and cooperation formula.

But the most important facts were the little conversation with Mitch about global maker movement and engaging 3 new companies potentially open to next steps on impact in OD&M. I am collecting data in this sense: STMelectronics (module for arduino) The Things Lodz (open IoT community projcect) Gromar (e-learning company) and the At the start of event I said a few words about the basic idea od OD&M.

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The technological culture (Spain)

Between the 3rd and the 7th of July CIFCYT (Latin-American Congress of Philosophy of Science and Technology) was held in Salamanca (Spain). With the main theme in this edition of “Scientific culture and Technological culture” more than 300 people attended the event organized by the University of Salamanca.

Many researchers from different Latin-American countries participated in this congress in different areas related to philosophy. Raúl Tabarés from Tecnalia presented the paper titled “The technological culture in the maker movement”. Raúl showed the potential of Makerspaces and DIY (Do It Yourself) philosophies to engage citizens with open technologies and how can innovation culture can be foster in society through the values of the maker culture.

OD&M Showcase in Bilbao

On the 28th of June, we presented OD&M to the community of makers, manufacturers and other agents who attended the “OpenMaker” event organized by Tecnalia in Bilbao.

It was very interesting to see how more than 70 professionals from the community maker and manufacturers find common intents with open manufacturing as a common link.

MakeFabHab Convent in Łodź (Poland)

On May 20 the FabHab of źódź organized a meeting, the MakeFabHab Convent, where 22 teams from FabLabs met to talk about the movement of creators in Poland.

Among the experts who gave this event were: Marcin Zaród (University of Warsaw), Agnieszka Koszowska (Foundation for Development of Information Society), Dawid Sokołowski (Sensible Business Network) and Bartosz Malinowski (We the crowd)

Startup Olé (Spain)

On the 26 and 27 of April, representatives of Tecnalia, on behalf of OD&M Platform attended the Startup Olé faire in the University of Salamanca.

Startup Olé has been a unique event to drive entrepreneurship through effective collaboration among all the key players in the tech ecosystem.

A Startup fair has been held in the event where innovative startups had the opportunity to showcase their portfolio of product s and technologies.

The mission of Tecnalia’s representatives in the event was to disseminate the project and raise awareness on the Maker ecosystem and its importance for the manufacturing sector among all the key relevant players that attended the event.

Several face-to-face interviews with innovative startups where held in the event in order to disseminate and raise awareness on OD&M Platform project.

Very inspiring startups at Startup Olé were interested in OD&M Platform project. In the picture, GEKONAVSAT and working on the GNSS of the Things concept.

Kick-off the Startup Olé event on the 26th of April.