Fabrication labs or “Fablabs” are high-tech maker-spaces designed to enable refugees, start-ups and local communities to co-create innovative solutions. In so doing, FabLabs not only create opportunities for refugees to develop valuable skills but also foster social cohesion between local communities and displaced people, allowing them to contribute to their own solutions.
Through the use of 3D printers we are thus able to drastically reduce the cost of upper limb prosthetics from approximately USD 2000 to USD 20, simply by connecting open source technology with existing talent in refugee camps. Another example of such innovations involves the construction of handheld echolocation devices that enable the blind to safely navigate their surroundings. Ultimately, FabLabs encourage entrepreneurship and learning in crisis areas in order to develop real solutions made for and by individuals most affected by displacement. We hope to furnish each Open Ware FabLab with a variety of high-tech equipment, ranging from 3D printers, scanners and milling machines to laser- and vinyl-cutters.
The aim of this civil society initiative is to replace over time illegal migration with a controlled, structured and safe movement of refugees and would-be asylum seekers to Europe. We offer safe passage, a streamlined legal and screening process before refugees arrive and a comprehensive integration process upon arrival.
The project will provide efficient and immediate humanitarian protection to the most vulnerable refugees, and will include services for their temporary or long-term integration.
In this way, we hope to contribute to a reduction in the on-going humanitarian crisis of stranded refugees, reduce the uncontrolled flows, and ultimately, prevent more tragedies.
Devastating wars and conflicts have led to the displacement of 60 million people. While the vast majority of refugees fled to low- and middle-income countries, about 1.2 million of those who took the long journey to Europe have arrived in Germany. What makes this crisis so dangerous is that it overwhelms volunteer citizens, NGOs and nation leaders on their respective levels. And actions either focus on emergency (do our best to help) or singular issues such as health or education (do what we ́re used to do). We think it now needs an innovative, interconnected approach – a complex solution to a complex problem.
Our goal is to leapfrog beyond this crisis mode with a concept called Refugee Open Cities (ROC21). It ́s an open-source roadmap that activates the vast human potential of refugees by transforming camps into inclusive cities, bunk bed-halls into makerspaces and emergency homes into self-sustaining living environments.
The nurturing environment of ROC21 will speed up the inclusion and independence of refugees. It empowers and breaks through the enforced idleness, preventing aggressions and criminality. Learning, teaching, engaging with each other and creating a shared message: “We can handle this – together, cool and confident!”
By connecting financial resources, expertise, and disruptive technologies with the actual needs and potential of refugees and original populations, the Hub will serve as a collaborative space matching local and external actors in the region, allowing the quick deployment of resources to support local economic development.
Both local markets and large aid organizations often lack access to new technologies and innovative approaches; our Hub bridges this gap by supporting ongoing humanitarian, development, and investment projects. Once fully operational, this approach will be applied to other contexts and regions, setting the standard for meeting needs in these disadvantaged areas.
Wherever children come from, whatever their culture or religion, whatever their good or bad experiences, whatever their age or sex – they all are children and they all have the right to A JOURNEY TO HARMONY with love, understanding, a family and a child adequate live.
The project will foster integration between youths from Austria and those who have been forced to migrate here, encouraging children to express their feelings and to share emotions with or without words through artistic interactions.
Millions of people don’t have adequate access to medical diagnostics. IPA together with AESD will bring mobile, instant medical diagnosis at low-cost to the world’s most needed places. Detecting diseases like pneumonia, malaria, HIV and many more provides a base to jointly aim to improve the world’s health and decrease preventable death and disease.
IPA | switxboard is facilitating a joint design workshop collaboration between students from NuVu Design Studio (Boston) and 10 youth in Vienna who arrived through reason of Asylum. The aim of this project is to collaboratively find solutions for problems that young people have encountered.
In Sarajevo a Viennese housing association invested 5.5 million Euros in constructing 164 apartments for returning refugees, a joint project with the Railway Trade Union of Bosnia. In the long-term, this investmant pays back.
In this case, the knowhow of the Austrian social housing sector was transferred to Sarajevo. It could easily be transferred to, say Kurdistan, or wherever there are tremendous problems with housing.
This approach can help to address imminent challenges of rapid population growth resulting from climate- or conflict- induced migration e.g. the sustainable evolution of camps and slums to settlements with the help of municipal planners and infrastructure experts.