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The bet of two engineers to create people B


Franco Maccioni and Eduardo Díaz are the creators of “Lignum Time”, an initiative that, through the development of the first sustainable sports watch made with 100% recycled materials collected in Chile, seeks to create better people for the world by combining sport and healthy life with a respectful lifestyle with the planet.

Looking for advance in the development of their enterprise, Franco Maccioni, industrial civil engineer and Eduardo Díaz, engineer in management control approached the Laboratory of Digital Manufacture, FabLab U. of Chile, where they began to work on August 2016. In this space, they had the first approach with the technologies of digital manufacture, and used all the technologies with which the manufacturing laboratory counts. “They are super open, the times we have needed some help they always helped us,” says Eduardo.

“We have been to other entrepreneurial communities and this is by far the best place. Here you can develop your product or device, “says Franco, who along with Eduardo, entered the world of entrepreneurship in April last year, after giving up their respective jobs. Both worked in different financial institutions. “While working – we were talking by whatsapp – and we thought what we could do. Our idea was to make a product with recycled materials, but focused on the creation of B people, “says Franco.


As is the case with companies B, which are those companies that are certified by OSC B Lab (Non-profit Civil Society Organizations), by using the power of the market to give concrete solutions to social and environmental problems. The goal of B companies is not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. In this context, both engineers wondered what was going on with the best people for the world.


It was thus they began to develop a business model for the enterprise. And they defined to make a sport watch with materials 100% recycled and recollected in Chile. The first of these chosen materials was nylon, obtained from the recycled fishing nets, with which they made the watch chassis, and the second selected material was the tire out of use with which they built the fitness clock of the devise. “We made an interactive solution, through the first fitness clock, on the sustainable development of people,” explains Eduardo. Know more…


Visit Beno – Talk to young people

Benito’s visit also included a talk with university students from Imbabura who were inspired by the experiences of several projects related of digital manufacture and synthetic biology. Approximately fifty young people attended the presentation which also had a dynamic in which teamwork and collaboration were promoted. The young people proposed several innovative ideas. The ideas raised also had feedback from the laboratory team and Benito Juárez.


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Between laughs and games young people enjoyed the talk and they were very open to share their ideas with other people. These kinds of dynamics help entrepreneurs to make their ideas evolve and become more solid and real.

Beno Visits – FabKids

As part of the installation of FabLab Yachay several trainings were made by the installation team. In July, these trainings conclude with the arrival of Benito Juárez president of the association FabLab Lima. These will be detailed below and in the following notes.


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The first training consisted of an intervention where children from Urcuquí became the main role of the FabKids workshop. It was a dynamic full of joy and creativity in which the collaborative work was encouraged and Benito put in place a methodology in which he has been working for some time that consists of raising an open problem and encouraging the whole group to solve it.


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Following this the children are invited to join interests, at that moment they begin to develop the prototyping of their ideas very quickly.

Once their ideas start prototyping they are invited to join the prototypes to create a story where everyone is included. And they are told about digital fabrication and how they can take their ideas to a next level.

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FABATOM – Manifiesta Ecuador


Dozens of people dedicated to technological issues and the inclusion of these in the population gathered on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the Economic Promotion Agency ConQuito, to carry out the FABATOM ‘Manifiesta Ecuador’, in which the Red Fab Lab Ecuador. In this meeting participated Benito Juárez, director for Latin America Fab Lab network and Roberto Gallo of director of Fab Lab Ecuador network?

FABATOM ‘Manifiesta Ecuador’ seeks social and technological inclusion in the country, with the aim of forming a team of people committed to Ecuador development to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. FABATOM was born as an initiative of young people linked to the international movement Fab Lab.

Roberto Gallo, Coordinator of Ecuador Network, commented that “with the creation of the manifesto it is sought that the network is articulated in a dynamic way, we have been doing it for three and a half years, now we had the opportunity, thanks to ConQuito, to be able to meet in a space to consolidate, now people are empowered and committed”.

One of the activities of the day was the exhibition of Tomás Diez, who through a video conference, spoke with the participants about Fab Lab’s experience in Barcelona with Fab City project.

Fab Lab is an inclusive and open network that seeks to bring the population closer to science and technology, one of its activities, for example, is the worldwide training with professors from MIT and Harvard, in this way the participants are trained in its surroundings, brings knowledge and technology to the localities.

According to Roberto Gallo, “in Ecuador there was none of this, and thanks to the collaborative work we have been able to push this initiative to the point where we are now pioneers, we will participate in the Fab Lab world conference that will bring together people from all over the world to create collaborative projects with high impact “.

FABATOM allowed people working in the country on issues of technological inclusion to meet to plate the Ecuadorian and participatory manifesto to generate social change.

The main guidelines that form the ‘Manifesto Ecuador’ focus on issues of education and linking society with academia, “we want to generate a system that links society with universities, for example students make thousands of theses, our vision is to obtain these ideas and to generate impact to the country and that they have a projection and commitment to the environment”.

The Fab Labs propose, at a global level, to open their spaces, at least once a week to receive ideas for possible changes, in this sense what they offer is advice to realize ideas and support on technical and operational issues.

The term Fab lab provides several words in English (Fabrication Laboratory or Fabulous Laboratory), this is a space of production of physical objects on a personal or local scale that owns machines controlled by computers. Its particularity is based on size and its relationship with society rather than with industry.

Benito Juárez, from Peru, is Fab Labs Latin America Director “We are a worldwide network of digital manufacturing laboratories, which seek to democratize access to technological innovation tools; of machines that previously could only be found in specialized laboratories like NASA. MIT, Ferrari; nowadays are available to all, including children of 3 or 4 years, who are already experimenting with this type of tools, such as 3D printers; there are also laser cutters, milling machines, robotic technology or biotechnology, etc. That allow us today to do almost anything. ”

Benito Juárez and Víctor Freundt were selected in 2009 to establish the first laboratory in South America, thanks to the Spanish International Cooperation Agency, the Fab Lab of Barcelona and MIT, this laboratory was implemented in the Faculty of Engineering of UNI in Peru. “The goal behind this was not just to implement a laboratory, but to promote technological democratization in Latin America,” Juarez said.

At present the Fab Lab in Latin America are present with more than 100 laboratories, “developing projects that can link this type of tools with our context. In Latin America we have a great wealth of culture and biodiversity, these are valuable inputs for technological innovation”.

The Fab Labs promote new formats so that people can access these tools, among them are the floating laboratory (Fab Lab of the Amazon River), also the mobile Fab, as in Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina, these are trucks that visit schools, native communities. Within this philosophy, different formats have been developed so that innovation is available to all. Know More…

PLACES – Fab13

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Fab13 Santiago was not a static event but it took us to cross different spaces makers and cultural of the city where the different activities were carried out.

Extension Center UC, Santiago .: Located in the center of Santiago, it hosted the inauguration of the event, conferences and talks, working groups and some workshops. The Center of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile’s mission is to help UC strengthen its commitment to society at a cultural and academic level.

Hosting Labs: these were the spaces that received numerous workshops throughout the first day. Located in different academic points of the city, its facilities were prepared so much to receive the public as to carry out the manufacture of the workshops. The fablabs arranged on this occasion were:

  • Fablab UC: is the fablab of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, which usually receives professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs and companies to prototype their ideas. Its multidisciplinary spirit (electronics, mechanics and design) make it the ideal environment to create new products.
  • Fablab U. de Chile: is a digital manufacturing laboratory located in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Chile and provides free access to the machines and tools in a collaborative environment.
  • FabHaus: is a space where students of Design, Architecture, Engineering and other careers can work together. FabHaus follows the principles of FabLabs in terms of being an open and accessible space where people can develop their projects and students can learn firsthand the use of digital tools such as laser cutters, CNC router, 3D printers, etc. .
  • Aconcagua FabLab: is a # FabLabMóvil that seeks to bring to the different communities the new technological resources with which they can create and undertake wherever they are.
  • Creative Campus UNAB: The Creative Campus of Andrés Bello University is a unique education model in Chile that includes diverse creative disciplines in an experimental, creative and innovative environment. Its objective is to be the benchmark in the training of creative and innovative professionals as they know how to produce and develop their own projects, establish trends and visualize future transformations.
  • Design.Lab UAI: The School of Design of Adolfo Ibáñez University has the first fablab in Chile, which operates in collaboration with major research centers and prestigious universities worldwide.

CorpArtes is an independent, non-profit organization that focuses on promoting cultural access with an emphasis on quality arts education and experiences that help increase the country’s cultural capital. It has a cultural center and auditorium in the Las Condes neighborhood where the Symposium was held on Friday.

Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center: Gabriela Mistral Center is a cultural space dedicated to promoting and promoting scenic and musical arts, and is aimed at generating direct encounters between artists and diverse audiences. Located 100 meters from the Extension Center, it was the stage of the Fab Fest open to the public, which means that the accessibility and the usual mass participation of the GAM contributed to the success of the festival.