Critical Making

Critical Making: Powering Inclusion and Openness.

Together, we add scientific insights into the potential of the maker movement. We focus on critical and socially responsible making, and show how global maker communities can offer new opportunities for young talents of all genders to contribute to an open society via open source innovation.

What We Do


Gender. Co-creating measures to counteract the existing gender imbalances and guidelines for gender awareness in maker spaces and in online spaces.

Young Talents. Engaging young people in maker spaces and exploring educational tools that build skills for responsible research and innovation.

Openness. Strengthening the social responsibility of the open hardware movement through a mentoring programme for open hardware business innovations.

Meet our Community

We Connect Makers in a Global Network with more than


100,000

people

6,000

projects

190

nationalities

Principles of Critical Making.

Critical Makers are part of a diverse and open global community that seeks to improve life, power better quality innovation and build a sustainable future. Our work is deeply rooted in these five key approaches:

  • Local and connected
  • Social
  • Reflexive
  • Impactful
  • Joyful and meaningful


Bringing critical thinking into technology development

Technology has become ubiquitous, and the negative societal effects are showing. One way to address this and to create sustainable futures is by learning from interdisciplinary techniques of responsible innovation by critical makers and other grassroots innovation communities. This is what Critical Making is about.

Regina M. Sipos – Research Associate and PhD Candidate, Technical University of Berlin

“Pause, make and unmake”

It’s this Critical Making with others that gives me the space to pause, make and unmake. And hopefully it also does this for the collaborators with whom I work.

Dr. Angelika Strohmayer – Northumbria University, School of Design