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 [link to initiatives/OKW]
Start of the Open Know-How: Electronic Components standard development process. Find out more
First version of Open Know-Where standard released following 10 months of community consultation
First version of Open Know-How standard released. Find out more
Internet of Manufacturing summit in Warsaw, Poland led to the formation of the Internet of Production Alliance.
Blockchain based Distributed Contracting System was trialled in Kathmandu, Nepal
MakerNet took part in the Enabling Ecosystems panel at the Fab13 symposium in Santiago, Chile. Fab13 website
Engaged with the AfricaOSH community on distributed manufacturing at the summit in Kumasi, Ghana. Follow AfricaOSH
MakerNet event on Health Innovations held at Gearbox, Nairobi, Kenya
Five organisations came together to start the MakerNet pilot project in Nairobi, Kenya
First public airing of ideas behind the IOP Alliance was at re:publica in Berlin, Germany. Recording available here