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Digital DIY: it can change society, but how much space is it leaving to women?


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Overview of the EU H2020 DiDIY project, and presentation of some PRELIMINARY data about gender issues and barriers in Digital DIY

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Digital DIY: it can change society, but how much space is it leaving to women?

  1. 1. Digital DIY: It can change society, but how much space is it leaving to women? Yes, WE Stem March 8th, 2016 by Marco Fioretti
  2. 2. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti What is DiDIY (Digital DIY)? ● A phenomenon: – Driven and enabled by technology – But above all a social and cultural one – 3D printing and Makers are its most popular faces, but maybe not the most important ones
  3. 3. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti The DiDIY project ( ● International, interdisciplinary project ● Funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme ● Objectives: – Study nature and long term (social, economics, ethical, cultural, legal...) impacts of DiDIY in order to... – Produce guidelines for educators and law/policy makers
  4. 4. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti Smart cities... Industry 4.0... Internet of Things... Startups... «Digital Revolution» or... «First World Problems»?
  5. 5. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti What happens when digital fabrication... … becomes really DIY, really for EVERYBODY? (source: snapshot from Google image search)
  6. 6. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... Today: Micro vegetable gardens, controlled with Arduino (source: snapshot of Google image search) (source: snapshot of Google image search)
  7. 7. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti What happens when everybody can manufacture by him or herself: ● Toys... to run their kindergarten business ● Chairs... for their restaurant ● Brakes... for their car ● Medical instruments... to visit their patients (source:
  8. 8. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti ● redefines what is right and wrong ● destroys «intellectual property» ● destroys jobs ● increases pollution (a 3D printer in every home? No thanks!) ● can create new barriers! DiDIY is bad! ● less Pollution: – spare parts for everything, for everybody – on demand production ● may create less jobs, but more resilient ones ● brings new life also to LOW- TECH sectors DiDIY is good!
  9. 9. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti Women and DiDIY: some data Instructables: ~210K users, but women are barely half than men
  10. 10. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti Distribution by age
  11. 11. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti New female/male users per year
  12. 12. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti Activity levels (number of uploaded projects)
  13. 13. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti Technological vs non-technological projects «The scatter plot of number of female users who uploaded technological (X) and non-technological (Y) projects. With respect to the previous it shows a relatively smaller number of tech project vs non-tech ones.»
  14. 14. CC BY-SA Marco Fioretti Thanks and... an invitation: ● What do you think? ● What are your experiences? ● Let's talk about women and DiDIY ● See you on: – – Twitter: @digital_DIY This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644344. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the EC.