Why We Exist

The MakerNet Alliance is a global network of people and organizations building the knowledge and tools to enable a future of sustainable, globally networked local manufacturing. 

The Alliance was formed after a project in 2016-17 in Kenya which explored some of the ideas around networked local manufacturing. We found that there are all kinds of people and organisations around the world doing ground-breaking work in this area – and few formal ways of sharing the knowledge or of coming together as a community to develop the standards and protocols that will be needed for an Open Internet of Distributed Manufacturing that works for small-scale producers in the Global South. The MakerNet Alliance aims to fill this gap.