Fab Foundation Ireland
Fab Foundation Ireland was established in December 2015 to support and grow FabLabs across the island of Ireland.
Fab Foundation Ireland (FFI) was established in 2015 as an all-island network of digital fabrication laboratories (FabLabs). FFI is part of a global network of more than 1000 FabLabs based in local communities and educational institutions. The first FabLabs were introduced into Ireland in 2012 with the help of funding provided by the EU Programme for PEACE and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and in close cooperation with the founder of the Fab Lab concept, Neil Gershenfeld of MIT.
There are now seven FabLabs dotted across the island of Ireland, and over 14 organisations in the process of establishing a lab across the island of Ireland. As a national resource, the Fab Labs can support policy initiatives in the areas of education, enterprise, training and the development of community based social enterprises.
The Fab Foundation, a US non-profit organisation was formed in 2009 to facilitate and support the growth of the international Fab Lab network. The Fab Foundation is a non-profit organisation created by the Centre for Bits and Atoms in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (CBA-MIT) in Cambridge MA. Its mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world.