In order to advance research in and around human-computer interaction on factories, fabrication and DIY making, this event will bring together key researchers and practitioners from varied disciplines and backgrounds. We will approach making and fabrication both from a perspective of manufacturing cultures, including, for instance, industrial and personal fabrication, as well as from hobbyist and entrepreneurial production. Although different variants of fabrication pursue various, even conflicting goals (e.g., democratizing technology, profit orientation), they all affect and are affected by society. They question, or are questioned by, forms of innovation, workplaces, and access to as well as assessment of (physical and immaterial) goods.
During this 2.5 day-long event on “Rethinking Technology Innovation: Factories, Fabrication & Design Research”, a group of approx. 15 invited experts will meet for discussions in round-table sessions, working groups, as well as a public event open to other interested stakeholders. The workshop is open to student applicants of which a selection will receive travel grants.

Concluding this event, an open discussion will be held, in which stakeholders in the area of fabrication will complement and take up on the findings from the event to situate them within national and international requirements and opportunities. This discussion on The Future of Fabrication: Advances, Potentials & Challenges will take place on Wednesday 30th, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction.


This Summit Report provides an overview of the topics discussed at the event by describing various notions of fabrication.


Here is a radio report (in German) about the event (by Sarah Kriesche, broadcasted in “Dimensionen – Die Welt der Wissenschaft” (ORF Ö1) on October 2, 2015).





Participating PhD Students



The financial support by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development is gratefully acknowledged.