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