further conversations

The Conference will host extra conversations around topics of interest in the design community.


U-FAB Event: Emerging design culture(s)

Experimental Design Culture(s) and the future(s) of creative communities

FRIDAY 11 JUNE, 9:30-10:50 CEST

The event is organized by U-FAB, the Italian network born in 2020 to implement the role of university Fab Labs and makerspaces, to recognize their scientific, cultural and social value, to promote their activities among the business world and all the institutions operating within the field of innovation.

The event starts with a presentation of the U-FAB network and is an opportunity to animate a discussion, within the scientific community present at the Cumulus Conference, on the transformation of models, approaches, challenges, places, and
skills of design-based experimental culture.

A panel of speakers will discuss some specific topics:
– the development of communities for experimental research, starting from the evolution of the Fab Lab and makerspace model;
– the change in the role and nature of creative communities concerning the development of distributed systems, through the evolution of organizational
models of the network-enabled by digital transformation; 

– the role of Fab Labs and makerspaces concerning the circular transition.

9:30 – 9:45 Introduction to the talk and the U-FAB network
Viktor Malakuczi (Sapienza Design Factory – Università di Roma La Sapienza)
Stefano Maffei (Polifactory – Politecnico di Milano)
Patrizia Marti (Santa Chiara Lab – Università di Siena)

9:45 – 10:10 The evolution of makers communities (with Q&A session)
Massimo Menichinelli (RMIT University, Politecnico di Milano)

10:10 – 10:50 U-FAB. Designing an experimental design network
Andrea Cattabriga (Almalabor – Università di Bologna)
Secil Ugur Yavuz (BITZ – Libera Università di Bolzano)
Massimo Bianchini (Polifactory – Politecnico di Milano)
(moderator: Viktor Malakuczi)

Design Culture(s) of Rome: social entrepreneurship

Conversation by Veracura e Ashoka

FRIDAY 11 JUNE, 9:30-10:50 CEST

What is entrepreneurship? What is social entrepreneurship based on? How can these two paths be followed in a territory and in a social context such as Rome? These are three of the questions underlying the paths of Veracura and Ashoka. The first is a young reality, born in Rome dreaming the world, seeking profit for people and the planet, which considers business and marketing two necessary forms of activism, through which it is developing important projects with partners of international importance. The second is one of the most active international organizations in the facilitation of social entrepreneurship processes, through a network of stakeholders decisive in the transfer of skills and implementation of virtuous projects. Both these organizations, which have recently entered into synergy, share the certainty that Rome must become one of the main stages where social and environmental innovation can be represented. At the base of this show must be collaboration, because only by putting aside competition it is possible achieving important goals for the common good.