Setting-up a Fab Lab as innovation instrument in a developing country; the Fab Lab Paramaribo Suriname case; European Fab Lab Conference 2013, September 9, 2013, Aachen, Germany; Pieter van der Hijden; Sofos; 2013

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Setting-up a Fab Lab as innovation instrument in a developing country; the Fab Lab Paramaribo Suriname case; European Fab Lab Conference 2013, September 9, 2013, Aachen, Germany; Pieter van der …

Setting-up a Fab Lab as innovation instrument in a developing country; the Fab Lab Paramaribo Suriname case; European Fab Lab Conference 2013, September 9, 2013, Aachen, Germany; Pieter van der Hijden; Sofos; 2013

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  • To conclude: We welcome you to Switi Sranan.

    You all know now where on earth it is, what makes us special and how we can cooperate in the near future.

    And of course, I hope that next year, people from Suriname will attend the Fab10 international conference in Barcelona and give their annual update themselves.

    Thank you very much!

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  • 1. Pieter van der Hijden (Sofos Consultancy) FabLabCon2013, September 9, 2013, Aachen, Germany SETTING-UP A FAB LAB AS INNOVATION INSTRUMENT IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY THE FAB LAB PARAMARIBO SURINAME CASE
  • 2. AGENDA Pieter van der Hijden (Sofos Consultancy):  Co-founder and ex- chairperson International Fab Lab Association  Consultant on setting-up a Fab Lab in Paramaribo Suriname http://www.sofos.nl 2
  • 3. 1. BACKGROUND http://www.sofos.nl 3 Picture Frosti Gíslason 2010 Fab6 2010: 50 Fab Labs, doubling every 1.5 years, Fab9 2013: 200+ Fab Labs
  • 4. 1. BACKGROUND Major differences:  Target groups  Services offered  Life cycle stage  Old industrial building / new modern design studio  Autonomous / embedded  Subsidized / self-supporting  Rich / poor neighborhood / country http://www.sofos.nl 4
  • 5. 2. SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXT http://www.sofos.nl 5 Suriname is situated at the North coast of South America, part of the Caribbean. Paramaribo is its capital.
  • 6. 2. SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXT  Suriname: community http://www.sofos.nl 6 Suriname Area Pop. Activity Coastal plains 10% 90% Agriculture Services Interior 90% 10% Minerals (gold), petroleum Total 400 x 400 kms 530,000 Amerindians, Creoles, Hindustani, Javanese, Maroons, Chinese, Europeans, Jews, Lebanese, Brazilians
  • 7. 2. SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONTEXT Picture PTC Suriname Challenges:  Introducing high tech in all sectors: New industries, Innovative products, Pioneering processes, Higher standards  Avoiding damaging the environment  Improving productivity  Increasing the manufacturing industry  Finding new agricultural products  Raising higher interest for technical professions  Lowering the number of dropouts http://www.sofos.nl 7
  • 8. 3. ORGANIZATIONAL ENVIRONMENT Fab Lab Paramaribo is a policy instrument of the government:  Extra visibility  Extra attention from politicians and media  Not their only priority  Sustainable? http://www.sofos.nl 8
  • 9. 3. ORGANIZATIONAL ENVIRONMENT Fab Lab Paramaribo is part of the Cabinet of the Vicepresident:  Close to the center of power  Procedure oriented culture http://www.sofos.nl 9
  • 10. 3. ORGANIZATIONAL ENVIRONMENT Fab Lab Paramaribo is located in the central Government Building:  High level officials / visitors  Barrier for free and open access http://www.sofos.nl 10
  • 11. 4. BUSINESS CASE Fab Lab Paramaribo: Inputs  Initial funding from government budget  Annual funding from government budget  Volunteers / Fab nomads  No long term commitments http://www.sofos.nl 11
  • 12. 4. BUSINESS CASE Fab Lab Paramaribo: Outputs  Opening hours  Number of visitors  … Outcomes  Informed citizens  Learning outcomes  Business initiatives http://www.sofos.nl 12
  • 13. 4. BUSINESS CASE Fab Lab Paramaribo: Effects  Technology more popular  New businesses  New products and processes  International visibility and cooperation http://www.sofos.nl 13
  • 14. 5. SYSTEMS VIEW 0 1 2 3 4 5 Vision Material base Expertise Services Planned Actual Scorecard http://www.sofos.nl 14
  • 15. 5. SYSTEMS VIEW Humans systems view:  No isolated processes for different target groups  Systems approach to “convert” 100 visitors into 10 users into 1 new entrepreneur http://www.sofos.nl 15 Introducing Empowering Incubating
  • 16. 5. SYSTEMS VIEW Knowledge management systems view:  Not only documenting user experiences as Fab Moments  But also building a knowledge management ecosystem http://www.sofos.nl 16 Dissemination Archiving Processing Creation Acquisition
  • 17. 6. FOLLOW-UP Practice oriented follow-up:  Continue setting up Fab Lab Paramaribo  Collaborate and exchange with peers  Socio-economic context  Organizational context  Business case http://www.sofos.nl 17
  • 18. 6. FOLLOW-UP Theory oriented follow-up:  Study the differences between Fab Labs and derive main characteristics http://www.sofos.nl 18
  • 19. THANK YOU! Pieter van der Hijden (pvdh@sofos.nl) Sofos Consultancy (www.sofos.nl) http://www.sofos.nl 19
  • 20. fablab@vicepresident.gov.sr http://fablab.vicepresident.gov.sr WELCOME IN SWITI SRANAN Project Team Fab Lab Paramaribo - John Watkin (project manager, Cabinet Vicepresident), Pieter van der Hijden (consultant, Sofos Consultancy), Anand Kalpoe (Anton de Kom University of Suriname), Djoemarlan Kasanmoesdiran (Cabinet Vicepresident) en Reina Raveles (Cabinet President)