Fab Lab Saigon was built in April 2014 by 5 passionate makers. Hoang – Anh, the founder, had discovered Fab Labs in France, and wanted to strengthen the maker community in Vietnam.
So she decided to set up the lab in her own house, in Saigon. During the first year, the team of passionates works with one computer. The first challenge was for them to participate to the space robotics NASA challenge. They did and were awarded at the international level. With the money from the competition they bought their first 3D printer. Makers in the city started to be aware of the place and to join, mostly to learn by working on their projects.
The main mission of Fab Lab Saigon is to build and spread the maker spirit in Vietnam. They focus a lot on providing workshops to children and adults and help other Fab Labs or makerspaces to set up, sharing their knowledge and sending material. They launched recently the mobile Fab Lab program, and sent their team all over the country to teach school’s teachers about digital fabrication, STEAM and the power of learning by making.