Join us for the IOPA’s next Community Call (11 Jan): Maker connection and the Passport

Join us for the Internet of Production Alliance’s next Community Call:

Wednesday 11 January 2023

13:00 - 14:00 UTC


For the first Community Call of the year, we will focus on the research moving toward the development of a maker passport in support of the pan-African maker innovation system (mAKE). The IOPA recently joined a Consortium of 9 partners from Africa and the EU working on the mAkE project. Funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme, the overall objective of mAkE is to strengthen existing networks of makerspaces as key drivers for local digital innovation in Africa and establish mutual and sustainable networks with European Digital Innovation Hubs.

The discussion, led by @AndrewLamb, will be the occasion to demonstrate the opportunity for the IOPA to conduct research and develop tools in the service of makers and makerspaces. Our research and Community lead @schutton will present her research progress towards the development of a People and Skills Standard and how necessary it is for individual makers to participate in and easily navigate a distributed manufacturing ecosystem. This navigation will be enabled by using a digital ‘maker passport,’ the criteria for which will be defined by members of the maker community. An immediate use case for this work is the application to the open system infrastructure developed as part of the mAkE project.

We welcome you to join the discussion at our 1st 2023 Community Call!

Don’t forget to register here.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out directly to @Jessicang , at

#H2020 #mAkEAfricaEU

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We had a great conversation during our recent Monthly Community Call, which featured community updates, an overview of the pan-African maker innovation system (mAkE) project, and research, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation, on how a ‘People and Skills Standard’ for individual makers to participate in and easily navigate a distributed manufacturing ecosystem can be developed.

For those who were able to join us for the call, thank you for a lively conversation! For those who were not able to attend, we have the following available:

To keep the conversation going, we invite you to join the conversation in the People and Skills channel on our Community Forum, where we will be posting regular updates on our research, work with the mAkE project, and posing questions for community input.

Keep your eyes on this thread for updates and continuing conversation!

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