The secret of this space lies in its name. Zoi is inspired by “Soy”, “I am” in Spanish and from its origin “Zôè”, “Life” in Greek : in this space, your actions (or life) define who you are. If Roberto Gallo’s curiosity for 3D technology opened him the door of the maker mouvement, the creation of his makerspace, the Fablab Zoi, was the result of a 4 years of search for meaning to build a space where technology is as important as personal development.
The first stone of this project started with his own development. In 2014, few months after creating an opened space which gathered a community of 3D printing users, this designer, who used to analyze people need and use, had the feeling of missing something essential. When the Cuidad Yachay, a comprehensive ecosystem of innovation and technology, knocked at his door to offer him a grant with the FabConnect program to follow the Fab Academy course while being part of the first Fablab in Ecuador, he seized the opportunity to develop both his technical skills and experience.
Being part of the first maker team in Ecuador was a tough challenge : he had to learn the machines use and the programmation by himself while helping the lab to attract and support users. Exalted by this experience and rewarded by the Fab Academy, he pursued his training by taking the second session of the Bio Academy dedicated to the biology. After learning “How to make (almost) anything”, he learnt “How to grow (almost) anything”. In one intense year, he developed comprehensive technical skills, a strong network and a great maker experience but above all he found what we was looking for : the confidence to manage a Fablab and the mission to fulfill in his own space.
Since December 2017, he made his project come true in the ideal place : the Torno co-working space which gathers start-ups (architects, media, artists, …) to create together and with Quito ecosystem a positive social impact. To meet the increasing number of projects, the next step for him will be to consolidate his new team to support the users while contributing to external projects such as the creation of a collaborative maker space for craftmen. For this founder, the future of this place will be linked to the local and national maker community which can rely on Fablab Zoi to grow and strengthen its connections.