#Fabricating Society

Each year members of the more than 1,000 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, discuss, collaborate and create communities around the different local and global interests regarding digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.

This year, The 13th International Fab Lab Meeting will be held in Santiago de Chile, and "Fabricating Society" will be its central topic. Chile has been classified as a prosperous country in development, but there are still many gaps in strategic dimensions that make the process of constructing a developed society challenging. Fab 13 Santiago 2017 has established three objectives: present successful projects that create high social impact, position Chile as a Global Hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, and reinforce Latin America as a region focused on social development. After a year and a half of working and generating a proper platform to host an intense and diverse event such as the International Conference and Symposium of FabLab Network, we are pleased to receive and welcome professionals, academics and fabers from all around the world to Santiago, Chile. It was an extraordinary challenge to organize Fab13, and we were finally able to make it happen thanks to the Chilean Government, amazing sponsors and an incredible team that worked really hard to offer the best experience to our guests. Today, thanks to technology, our chilean culture and society is becoming more and more integrated to the rest of the world, generating a sort of understanding to other alternative ways to grow as a country, society and community. This represents a natural trend that is proof of the idea of potentially being all connected, questioning the current model, opening a novel window to something else. The 13th International Fab Lab meeting will offer all of us an chance to understand the implications embedded within these ideas and question the systemic approach that fablabs insinuate. Welcome to Fab13, and welcome to how to fabricate societies!


Check out this year's participants:




Andrés Briceño

Co-Director Fab Lab Santiago | Director Distributed Design Foundation

James Tooze

Tutor at ‎Royal College of Arts

Patricio Feres

Head of Innovation / CEO InnovaChile at Corfo

Juan Felipe Lopez

‎Executive Director at Laboratorio de Gobierno, Chile

Sofia Lobos

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Creative Economy Committee at CNCA Chile

Jean-Michel Molenaar

Academany, Bioacademy and Fab Connections, Professor at Tufts University, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Felipe Arteaga

Executive Director, Fundación Vivienda Chile

Mara Balestrini

Researcher at Fab City | Director of Making Sense

Alberto Gonzalez

Design Director, Freshwater Chile | Associate Professor Design School Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Pedro Vidal

Manager Se.Santiago: Programa Santiago Ciudad Inteligente

Liz Corbin

Researcher at the Institute of Making UCL, London

David Ott

Co-founder Global Humanitarian Lab

Roberth Garita

Director Fab Lab Veritas- Costa Rica

Elizabeth Hennaff

Postdoctoral Associate at Weill Cornell Medical College

Martin Tironi

Sociologist | Researcher at The Smart Citizen Project | Assistant Professor Design School Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Alexandre Dubor

Researcher in Digital Fabrication for Architecture | Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

David Basulto

Founder and Editor in Chief, ArchDaily

Lauren Slowik

Director of Education and Designer Evangelism, Shapeways

David Cavallo

Research Scientist and Director of the Future of Learning Group at the MIT

Anastasia Pistofidou

Director FabTextile Research Lab and Fabricademy

Sonya Pryor-Jones

Chief Implementation Officer at Fab Foundation (MIT)

Gonzalo Vargas Otte


Tony Fish

Co-founder at FabLab London

Sergio Araya

UAI DesignLab Dean

Benjamin Tincq

Co-founder of OuiShare

Brandon Prentice

Fab Lab Manager for the IU1 Fab Lab

Cecilia Raspanti

Fablab Amsterdam

Fiore Basile

Coordinator at FabLab Toscana and Fabricademy

Javier Figueroa

Director Fab Lab Atacama

Luciano Betoldi

International Operations Director at Fab Foundation / Fab Academy

Luis Felipe Céspedes

Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism

Alejandra Diaz de León

Fab Lat Kids General Coordinator

Naiomi Lundman

Curator, Humanitarian Makers

Katie Rast

Director Fab Lab San Diego

Fernan Federici

Research Group Co-Director

Oscar Diaz

Co-Founder Fab Lab Yucatan- Collaborator Fab Lat Kids

Elisa Panero


Ulrike Wahl

Geschaeftsfuehrerin bei Ulrike Wahl & FS Consultancy EIRL Latin America

Gabriela Navrro


Vaneza Caycho

Wooden Architecture and Furniture Designer

Francisca Astaburuaga

Director Centro de Innovación en Ciudades UDD

Jose Luján

Peruvian chef. Creator of PachaLab

Eduardo Recordon

Renewable Energy Systems Ltd

Jose Riquelme

Innovation Manager in Sodimac Chile


These types of events search for the partnership among speakers and participants, that gather once a year in a different part of the world. This has become over the years a place for meeting and reconnecting with those who work as bits, that finally after a year become atoms. Where you expect to hear comments as --Thanks, and it was great to finally meet you - fantastic FAB13 event!--Ben Laurie. Each year the host finds a way to make your stay as gratifying as possible. First searching all the possible places that could interest the different visitors that come from all around the world and later establishing partnerships with local hotels, transportation services, travel agency with the best deals and agreements with the Foreign Offices of the hosting place. These is the key for all visitors to have the greatest trip ever during the Fab Event. This Year FAB13 Team has all the information so that you can plan your trip to Santiago! Take into consideration that you may need a letter of invitation for coming to Santiago, so if you need it, please ask with time. We also help with Hotel options near the Venue places (Barrio Lastarrias), the different and simplest way of transportation inside and outside Santiago, and many more information you can find it here:


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