PLACE: Onl'Fait, Geneva
DATE: 3/12
PEOPLE: Cristina


Not being a designer, my Fabricademy final project will be a toolguide, a series of educational resources for teachers and students of primary and secondary schools to combine national curricula with maker and textile activities. I therefore tried to adapt the guidelines about creating a Ultra-Personalized Product Service System (UPPSS) to explore how personalization can happen for this kind of project.

I used the Digital Social Toolkit and the Business Model Canvas as tools to help me in this reflection.

Many associations, NGOs and social enterprises are active in the Geneva area and play an important role to foster community engagement and offer services to disadvantaged communities. However, for a number of reasons, synergies between different actors are not fully exploited, especially in relation to digital manufacturing programmes, whose social impact is not yet fully understood or even denied. The creation of a Fab Lab in a traditional artisanal area of Geneva is even seen as a threat to local activities rather than an opportunity to combine tradition and innovation. I would therefore like to develop a project that: 1) involves 3 entities addressing different communities and needs 2) combine traditional knowledge with digital innovation 3) can be developed in primary or secondary schools. Regarding the format and the content, the project will: 1) combine two or more techniques learned during the Fabricademy to produce an original object 2) be modular to allow schools to choose one or more modules 3) develop tools and resources for the teachers and their students. Ideally the toolkit should be associated to training vis-à-vis sessions.


Fabricademy for schools: brains and hands on (Introducing innovative formats to teach science and technology)


  • Partners: Onl'Fait + Terrasses sans Frontières + Bioscope/Université de Genève
  • Target groups: middle schools and urban gardeners
  • Growing protected and/or traditional Swiss plants, monitor them, extract natural dyes, dye fabrics, laser cut them to create garments or weave them
  • Lessons: Biodyes + Open Source Hardware
  • Product originality: new loom model


  • Partners: Onl'Fait + TBD + Mathscope/Universitè de Genève
  • Target groups: primary schools and retired people
  • Developing modules to be combined, assemble them and combine/mix them with traditional couture
  • Lessons: Circular Open Source Fashion + Computational couture
  • Product originality: a tool to be used by children to easily create modules with Inkscape or Grasshopper


  • Partners: Onl'Fait + Chimiscope/Universitè de Genève + HEAD school of art and design
  • Target groups: secondary schools and art students
  • Developing lamps with alum, conductive, piezoelectric crystals and electronics
  • Lessons: Textile as scaffolds + e-textile
  • Product originality: a crystal lamp



(from the Digital Social Kit)

  • Level of openness: an open, collaborative and openly documented governance that manages the processes, participation and budget of the project
  • Community of engagement: we give our professional time to mentor and encourage people to start their own project, not necessarily related to our initiative
  • Background knowledge: we collaborate with other projects
  • Target and stakeholders mapping: to be done
  • Quality of documentation: the project is fully documented online and shared via events
  • Quality of product: we want to give equal important to the process and the product, that should be functional, needed, used and improved by the community



To achieve the goals of the project based on the criteria listed above, I selected the three most useful tools for this project (from the Digital Social Toolkit)

  • Network mapping
  • Integration personalization
  • Open source innovation
  • Project documentation




These notes are a first draft reflection based on guidelines that will be fully explored with the assigned mentor.