Fab Denmark – From workshops to knowledge

How are the future production conditions, and how do you utilise that several interesting leaders are gathered on the same location to discuss this particular subject? Dansk Design Center (DDC) and /et al. decided to put their design-heads together and took the initiative to organise a conference and a workshop which later resulted in the national consortium Fab Danmark.

Making new opportunities

Scientists, researchers, makers and leaders were gathered in Copenhagen to attend a meeting in the initiative Fab City with DDC as hosts. With all these interesting leaders gathered at the same spot, /et al. and DDC saw the opportunity to utilise the situation and organise a conference the day after. The purpose of the conference was to show the possibilities of circular economy, digital production and local production, and that the industry should be aware of how new technologies make it possible to rethink production conditions.

It’s all about co-creation

DDC were already in contact with /et al., and they wanted /et al. to contribute to the creation of knowledge within the field of future production. Based on that, they also asked /et al. to contribute to the concept of the conference and to use our facilitating skills to organise a workshop for the participants of the conference. /et al. did some brainstorming with different solutions and suggestions for the workshop, while DDC was in charge of coordination and involvement of relevant people for the conference. Besides that, /et al. was also going to organise and facilitate a workshop for the participants of the conference. In continuously cooperation, DDC and /et al. created the settings for the conference and workshop through a lot of meetings, both physical and through conference call.

A lasting result

After being involved in the project for six months, our work resulted in a successful conference and a workshop, in /et al.-style, consisting of exercises and discussion. Besides that, a cooperation consisting of /et al., DDC, Center for Cirkulær Økonomi, Københavns Kommune,
Manufacture and Under Broen decided to establish Fab Danmark with the purpose to further work with the initiatives regarding the future production conditions in Denmark.

With the establishment of Fab Danmark, /et al. also got an extra assignment: To make a prototype for a website. At first /et al. made a low-fidelity prototype on paper and later in Sketch.

A new concept with new knowledge

After six months our design consultants have:

  • Developed a concept for the conference to gather interesting leaders
  • Held the conference to get some focus on the production conditions of the future
  • Made a concept for a workshop based on the subjects from the conference
  • Held and facilitated the workshop with participants from the conference
  • Been a part of the establishment of Fab Danmark
  • Developed a prototype for the website of Fab Danmark