Since Phuong and Vinh started with the idea of Fab Lab Hanoi, the mission of the lab evolved a lot. Before opening the space, Fab Lab Hanoi was aimedat being a makerspace including a fabcafé open to makers willing to create their own products.
But in March 2016, once the lab was launched, they instead decided to start with a co-working space for start-ups and to develop innovative products focused on healthcare, education and smart-home by themselves.
Since then, Fab Lab Hanoi’s team stepped back and settled down its model. From Monday to Friday, their co-working space is open to start-ups. In the future, they’d like to focus on hardware start-ups to which they could provide services, machines and consulting. Every Saturday, Fab Kids workshops take place in the lab.
Then during the evenings or on Saturday afternoons, workshops for adults are organized. Simultaneously, Phuong launched another activity, Fab Shop: Fab Lab Hanoi displays and sells products from the online electronic component retailer MME and gets 20% of margin.