This project is like a soccer game. You need a team to achieve great challenges, either personal with the self development the sport brings you, but also collective, by relying on the complementary skills of the players.
This metaphor was used by the president of the University Iberoamericana de Puebla to describe IDIT, the structure where the fablab was born, during its 10th years celebration event. Even if the first stone was put down in 2008, it became real in 2014 when Janvier Sanchez and Aristarco Cortes took the leadership of this Institute of Design and Technological Innovation. Their experiences in social economy programs for cities helped them to fulfill the president vision: to create a place which transforms education and supports small business development.
4 years later, if you push the doors of the 10000 m2 of the institute, don’t look for the Fablab Puebla in a dedicated space. It is everywhere. It became the cornerstone of the IDIT organisation divided in 4 main specific areas : an incubator for entrepreneurs, an innovation department, a company project department and a social economy laboratory. Even if it belongs to the company projects department, it quickly became essential for all activities, making the link between areas through each project. Its main challenges : making students learning by doing on real company projects and helping adults to develop their business. Every maker-player can learn there new skills and new ways to develop their project and improve society.
Their strong commitment and past successes push them to go further : they are developing new fablabs in poor and violent Mexican districts to help citizens to overcome their conditions and to develop local businesses. Want a scoop ? An urban living lab, a blog and a senior program are also in the pipelines 😉