Internet of Manufacturing Event

The Internet of Manufacturing does not exist yet. With support from the Shuttleworth Foundation, The MakerNet Alliance is hosting a gathering in Warsaw on 8-10 July 2019 of people who have been working on pieces of it. The people coming to this event want manufacturing to be possible as an open, decentralized process and a public utility. We want to create a system where carbon footprints get smaller, supply chains are shorter and more flexible, and locals are empowered to make what they need for themselves, rather than relying on complex and increasingly tenuous global systems. We want to create a system that works for everyone and everywhere in the world, even and especially if they are not well served by the current model of globalized supply chains.

At the core of an Internet of Manufacturing are interlocking social, digital and physical infrastructures that will enable an open and distributed global network of small manufacturers, makers, distributors, and customers. We are gathering to co-create a clear vision of how these systems interconnect and support each other, to share a commitment to this vision, and find ways to support each other in the work we are all already doing to achieve this vision.


We understand that this is a wildly ambitious project, and we know that if it was easy, somebody else would have already done it by now. So, in practical terms, our goals are as follows:

  1. Discuss what visions participants have for an Internet of Manufacturing, and come to an understanding of which parts of those visions are common. 
  2. Find out who is working on which pieces, how they potentially fit together, and what is needed for these people to continue making progress.
  3. Compare the map of existing initiatives to the vision, examine the gaps and discuss what ideas (or other work) may help to fill those gaps – fleshing out the concept of an Internet of Manufacturing as fully as possible as we are able with those who are present. 
  4. Create a structure that can be used to document the outputs of the event, laying out all the parts of the IoM as we’ve defined it, and the requirements (that we know of so far) for each part. It is likely that this will be something that we continue to develop after the event itself.
  5. For those who would like to continue the conversation, we will figure out a system for follow up, accountability, and resource sharing, so that we can all continue to support each other’s work going forward and to bring in more people than were able to attend the event.

This event is just the start of a long journey, and if you’re interested in joining us on it, please get in touch.