4th edition of the FabLab Festival

The FabLab Festival will be held in Toulouse from 6 to 10 May Makers from all over the world will be able to meet and present their projects to the public.

FabLab festival

Conferences, round tables, production workshops... For 4 days, Toulouse will be the place to talk about FabLab. Organised by Artilect, the Toulouse-based FabLab, the festival is getting ready to welcome makers, school children and the general public. The aim? Build up the FabLab network and make these new bastions of digital creation accessible to all.

A substantial programme

With the desire to open up to the most amount of people possible, the schedule is obviously very tight. Wednesday is reserved for schools and dedicated to an introduction and discovery of the digital world. Thursday and Friday, reserved for the FabLab network and other companies, will be focussed on sharing ideas on the emerging practices and economies surrounding the FabLabs. Lastly, at the end of the week, the Festival is open to the general public.

60 stands and over 40 labs have been installed for this edition, with a busy schedule. 18 daily project presentations will be intermixed with 40 digital production workshops.
A concrete implementation of the values upheld by the FabLab movement: "Make, learn, share."

festival team
The festival team. © Artilect

This totally free festival will provide an opportunity for a vast number of visitors to discover the technical environment of FabLabs and get to know the machines: 3D printers, laser cutters, Arduino boards... Discussions on the philosophy surrounding FabLabs and makers will also be encouraged. Round tables and conferences are scheduled throughout the festival to talk about the financing, structure and even the future of FabLabs.

Talking about solidarity

This event is also an opportunity to talk about solidarity. The FabLabs are not only places for creation and digital innovation. They also represent a new way to provide mutual support. Whether that means training or a collaborative project, a FabLab’s objective is to give everyone access to new technologies and help them become proficient in digital practices.

Solidarity will be one of the topics discussed during the round table "Fab Labs’ impact on society".

robotic festival
Introduction to robotics. © Artilect

Invited to participate in this conference, we will be presenting the Solidarity FabLab programme and the FabLabs we support. Because the festival is not just focussed on making and machines, these round tables are necessary to better understand what is at stake with FabLabs, especially digital education.

A gateway to the FabLab values, the festival is the perfect opportunity to meet those who manage these new sites on a day to day basis. To discuss, collaborate and get to know the digital practices of the future.


Find out more

Address: The festival will take place in the hall of the former Anconnetti factory, next to the Artilect FabLab premises: 27 bis Allée Maurice Sarraut 31300 Toulouse.
Discussion : Interact with us on Twitter using the hashtag #fablabsolidaire.

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