About us

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?

Who we are

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.

The Internet of Production Alliance is driven by its team, council, working groups & task forces.

The Team

Andrew Lamb
Andrew Lamb
Chair of the Council
Andrew Lamb
Andrew Lamb
Chair of the Council
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Andrew Lamb

Chair and co-founder of the IOPA, Innovation Advisor for Field Ready. Former CEO and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders. A Shuttleworth fellow focusing on open approaches to Massive Small Manufacturing – the concept of complementing innovative local manufacturing with traditional global manufacturing.

Antonio Anaya
Antonio Anaya
DevOps Engineer
Antonio Anaya
Antonio Anaya
DevOps Engineer
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The IoP is the perfect opportunity for me to follow my passion for technology as a DevOps engineer.

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Antonio Anaya

As a recent graduate from Fab-academy, Antonio has worked as a prototyping engineer for the last year. Working in this industry has helped develop his skills in digital manufacturing and software development. His most memorable moments were developing projects in rural regions from Mexico and Iraq. We are privileged to have him on board.

Barbara Schack
Barbara Schack
Coordinator
Barbara Schack
Barbara Schack
Coordinator
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The Internet of Production Alliance is going to bring about change that will be the common-sense ‘business as usual’ we need in the world. I want to be a part of that.

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Barbara Schack

Barbara joined the Internet of Production Alliance at the beginning of 2021 as its Coordinator. This role focusses on business development as well as being Secretary general of the Alliance. Prior to this, she lead Libraries Without Borders' strategic development, including piloting innovative tools for offline access to internet-based content. She has also worked in procurement and logistics for private sector companies and NGOs.

 “Barbara brings international experience in innovation, fundraising, logistics, procurement, finance, administration, HR, knowledge management and strategy development. The council’s interview panel were particularly impressed by Barbara’s approach to building communities, leading volunteers and consortia and her commitment to open-ness and big, global challenges. We are delighted that Barbara is bringing her skills to the Alliance.” – Andrew Lamb, Chair of Council for IoP Alliance.

Barbara is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and speaks English, French, Danish and Spanish.

Max Wardeh
Max Wardeh
Technical Coordinator
Max Wardeh
Max Wardeh
Technical Coordinator
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It’s exciting to see the progress that has been made since the creation of the Open Know-How standard, and it is a privilege to be a part of the team working to build the Internet of Production.

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Max Wardeh

Max is a communications and software engineer and lecturer who has been an advocate of the open movement. He has participated in various open-source technology, open education, open data and open digital archiving projects as a contributor, maintainer, speaker and facilitator. A long-time member of the Creative Commons community, he is currently leading their WorkingGroup on AI and Copyright.

Max’s work and passion as a technologist – initially in computer networks and the Internet then in software and web development – has given him the knowledge and skills that we need on our team. His experience in start-ups, teaching and the open movement means that Max brings an approach that is about empowering others. The interview panels were particularly impressed by Max’s intuitive understanding of the challenges we will face, and not just from his involvement in Open Know-How meetings. We are delighted to welcome him.” – Andrew Lamb

Maxis based in London, United Kingdom, and speaks English and Arabic.

Raisa Ismaily
Raisa Ismaily
Communications and Operations
Raisa Ismaily
Raisa Ismaily
Communications and Operations
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Diving into this position with all “hands on deck” because I believe in not only the mission of the IoP but also the people behind it. I look forward to learning and growing at the IoP. Thank you for having me.

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Raisa Ismaily

With her positive “we can do it” attitude and “outside the box thinking” Raisa hopes to strengthen the communications and operations team and increase the visibility of the IoP. “This is the future, and it is an honor to be part of such a wonderful team" she says.

Sarah Hutton
Sarah Hutton
Research and Community Engagement Lead
Sarah Hutton
Sarah Hutton
Research and Community Engagement Lead
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It is an incredible privilege to be a part of establishing a decentralized global manufacturing ecosystem, and I am so impressed by how much progress has already been made by the Internet of Production Alliance with partners around the world. As a long-time advocate for open knowledge creation and information sharing for the betterment of society, I believe in the IoPA's mission, and am thankful to be collaborating with such dedicated, passionate, and skilled colleagues.

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Sarah Hutton

Sarah Hutton joins the team as Research and Community Engagement Lead. Sarah’s work, generously funded by an Alfred P. Sloan Exploratory Grant, is focused on developing a thematic community around the People and Skills specifications necessary in distributed manufacturing.

Sarah brings with her the network and experience in open hardware, makerspaces and fabrication; as a librarian and qualitative researcher in open knowledge production and an instructor in setting-up and teaching in maker spaces, Sarah has a unique intersection of experiences and skills. Her experience in community and shared governance models in consortia, open publishing and data standards, as well as human-centered research, will also support increasing community engagement surrounding existing IoPA artifacts and initiatives, such as OKH and OKW.

The Council

The IoP Alliance is supported by
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What we do

We are building open infrastructures that enable anyone, everywhere, to participate in production.

Our main focus areas are:

  • Open standards and protocols - We are developing the open standards and protocols that are necessary for an internet of production that supports decentralised supply networks
  • Practical & accessible knowledge - We gather and share information on how decentralized manufacturing can work in practice, both to inform our work on standards and to pave the way for a future of decentralized production.

More information on what we do can be found on our Initiatives page.

Why we do it

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.

Slow and Inefficient supply chains

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.

Flow of goods and materials in the 20th century

Shifting to Global Knowledge

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.

Flow of data in the 21th century

How we do it

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:

  • Working Groups - Bringing together experts and interested parties in particular fields to contribute on a topic. To date we have created and published two Open Data Models. Each was written by a different global working group after a 6-month plus, openly documented collaborative process.
  • Collaborative Projects - Getting involved in real-world projects that test new approaches, implement open standards, and otherwise contribute to the sum of open knowledge about how decentralized manufacturing can work in practice. Such projects are executed by members but the Alliance plays a role in ensuring the learnings are captured & disseminated.

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:

Trustworthy
Equitable
Evidence-based
Accessible
Citizen-centric
Resilient
Sustainable
Adaptable
Pluralistic

Our history and milestones

May 2021
Launch of Open Know-Where standard

Formal launch of Open Know-Where Standard after initial trials in Uganda. Find out more

January 2021
Work begins on an Electronic Components standard

Launch of the Electronic Components standard development process. Find out more

September 2020
First version of Open Know-Where standard

The first version of the Open Know-Where standard is released following 10 months of community consultation. Find out more

August 2019
First version of Open Know-How standard

The first version of the Open Know-How standard isreleased. Find out more

July 2019
Formation of the IoP Alliance

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.

July 2019
Trial of Distributed Contracting System

Blockchain based Distributed Contracting System trialled in Kathmandu, Nepal

August 2018
Fab13 symposium

MakerNet in represented at the Fab13 symposium in Santiago, Chile. MakerNet joins the Enabling Ecosystems panel. Fab13 website

April 2018
Africa OSH summit

Engagement of the MakerNet with the AfricaOSH community on distributed manufacturing at the AfricaOSH summit in Kumasi, Ghana. Follow AfricaOSH

February 2017
MakerNet event

MakerNet event on Health Innovations held at Gearbox, Nairobi, Kenya

October 2016
MakerNet pilot

Five organisations come together to start the MakerNet pilot project in Nairobi, Kenya. Read the report

May 2016
First presentation of the IoP Alliance

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