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…