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Hackathon Sustainable Mobility in the FabLab Berlin

Hackathon Sustainable Mobility in the FabLab Berlin

Design Sprint for designing sustainable products at Fab Lab Berlin

Design Sprint for designing sustainable products at Fab Lab Berlin


In the research project ecoMaker the FabLab Berlin, the ViNN:Lab of the TH Wildau and scientists of the TU Berlin jointly addressed the topic of sustainability. The goal of the DBU-funded project was to anchor approaches to sustainable product development within two years through courses and digital tools in open workshops, so-called Maker Spaces.

What do we want to achieve?

In addition to the current Maker Space users - private individuals as well as small and medium-sized companies, also known as "Makers" - ecoMaker was also intended to reach pupils, trainees and students who had not been active in Maker Spaces before.

Our project results

The project results address the different target groups of the project. The ecoMaker Check was developed for general makers and start-ups to quickly assess the environmental impact of product ideas. The online tool assesses the product idea along the life cycle phases, offers additional information e.g. on material properties, and shows both graphically and in text form in which areas of the product idea there is potential for ecological improvement. Conclusion of the heise online portal: www.heise.de/hintergrund/Ausprobiert-ecoMaker-Check-4724984.html

An online platform has been set up, mainly for makers, on which on the one hand environmentally friendly project ideas can be shared and evaluated together with reproduction instructions and product data, and on the other hand an extensive knowledge space offers methods and tools for sustainable product design in every product development phase. The platform can be accessed via www.ecomaking.org.

The developed ecoMaker Design Sprint has proven to be very useful for makers and students in hackathons and project seminars. Here the classical idea of dividing product development into clearly defined, tightly timed phases was adopted and adapted to ecological sustainability. Accompanying tools support the product developers to independently go through the process of the Design Sprint and to develop more environmentally friendly alternatives to the original implementation idea of the planned product.

Especially for newcomers to the Maker scene, a series of animations was developed to help avoid the most common mistakes that lead to unnecessary material and energy consumption in Maker Spaces. However, the idea behind the animations, which can be accessed via QR Code, serves just as much to convey resource-saving practices as it does to stage the Maker Spaces as an environmentally friendly space for action.

Within the framework of the cooperation with two partner schools, a modular Hackathon format was developed as an example for secondary schools and has been carried out several times. However, since it has been shown that hurdles in such collaborations occur much earlier than in the didactic concept, a brochure for teachers was ultimately developed as a product to help reduce uncertainties and pave the way from the classroom into Maker Space. The brochure can be downloaded at b1019239.checkdomain.website/schulbrosch%C3%BCre.

On our project page www.projekt.ecomaking.org all tools and methods are freely available. 




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