Emerging technology is already transforming the way we produce goods, services, and experiences, allowing more people to join in the design and fabrication process.
But what would the future of production look like if we could reconfigure it from scratch? What if we could build a sustainable system that was globally networked, but locally executed?
We are a global alliance of people and organizations who believe in a future of production defined by decentralized manufacturing and shared knowledge. We are building a foundation to enable this future, a world where people can quickly create and fabricate products made from a combination of locally sourced materials and global designs.
Groups currently represented in this community cover hardware design, design sharing platforms, manufacturers and manufacturing associations, maker and fab lab communities, assistive technology, disaster relief, international development, and open science hardware.
We are building open infrastructures that enable anyone, everywhere, to participate in production.
Our main focus areas are:
More information on what we do can be found on our Initiatives page.
We believe that the future of production lies in decentralized manufacturing based on shared knowledge, allowing us to deliver products faster, made from locally sourced materials and with less ecological impact.
Innovations throughout the 20th century introduced many productivity and technological improvements, leading to the global mass manufacturing system we have today.
These global supply chains work really well for getting mass produced items to mass markets. But they are not effective at getting exactly the products people want, when and where they want them, all over the globe. They have many drawbacks, not least hidden vulnerabilities and high ecological impact.
The 21st century is a century of knowledge and globalization. Latest IT and advanced engineering enable us to share knowledge instantly across the globe.
By introducing decentralized manufacturing based on shared knowledge, we can deliver the right products where they are needed, faster, with lower ecological impact.
We bring together people and organisations interested in creating this future of decentralized production, to define and document open-source tools that can then be implemented by anyone in the world.
We currently have two main modes of operating:
The founding members of the Internet of Production Alliance defined a set of principles for how we work towards creating the future we want to see. We refer to them in everything we do:
Formal launch of Open Know-Where Standard after initial trials in Uganda. Find out more
Launch of the Electronic Components standard development process. Find out more
The first version of the Open Know-Where standard is released following 10 months of community consultation. Find out more
The first version of the Open Know-How standard isreleased. Find out more
The Internet of Production Alliance is founded during the Internet of Manufacturing summit in Warsaw, Poland. A first governance is drafted, a council is appointed and working groups are constituted.
Blockchain based Distributed Contracting System trialled in Kathmandu, Nepal
MakerNet in represented at the Fab13 symposium in Santiago, Chile. MakerNet joins the Enabling Ecosystems panel. Fab13 website
Engagement of the MakerNet with the AfricaOSH community on distributed manufacturing at the AfricaOSH summit in Kumasi, Ghana. Follow AfricaOSH
MakerNet event on Health Innovations held at Gearbox, Nairobi, Kenya
Five organisations come together to start the MakerNet pilot project in Nairobi, Kenya. Read the report
First public airing of ideas behind the IOP Alliance at re:publica in Berlin, Germany. The concept of an IOP was named MakerNet until 2019. View recording here