Critical Making Mentoring Programme

Inviting makers and innovators globally to take part in the journey toward shaping a sustainable future of making.

Fostering innovation based on inclusivity, openness, and reflexivity.

The Critical Making mentorship program aims to support global makers and innovators in shaping a sustainable future of making.

Over the span of nine months, mentees receive guidance and input from our esteemed teachers, who touch on key principles of the critical making framework within the fields of open science hardware, social innovation, and environmental sustainability.

The mentoring programme ended with a fruitful and engaging demo week, where mentees showcased their understanding of the critical making paradigm and developed further actionable insights for their individual projects.

Critical Making Mentorship Demo Week

Critical Making Mentorship Demo Talks – Day 1

Critical Making Mentorship Demo Talks – Day 2



Name: Saad Chinoy
Affiliation: Co-Founder, SpudnikLab

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Name: Bahar Kumar
Affiliation: Executive Director, Impact Hub Kathmandu

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Name: Aravinth Panch
Affiliation: Co-Director, DreamSpace Academy

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Name: Georgia Nicolau
Affiliation: Founder, Instituto Procomum

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Name: Emilio Velis
Affiliation: Executive Director, Appropedia Foundation

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Workshop Series

Workshop #1 – Make Things That Make Sense
Create products and solutions that solve fundamental, real-world problems.

Workshop #2 – Share How You Make
Develop guidelines that provide a framework for openly documenting everything about the project’s making.

Workshop #3 – Build for Continuity Design
Design for the present and future; build social capacity, & aim for financial self-sufficiency.

Workshop #4 – Integrate Local Knowledge
Build from within the community by working with local practices, materials and traditional resources.

Workshop #5 – Include Ecosystem Services
Aim to give back more than you take from the environment and include accounting practices that value natural resources.


Ecological Fibers for Textile
Addressing the growing demand for eco-friendly textile products with the agricultural waste of Banana trees.

Automatic H20 Dispenser
A low-cost infrared sensor-based water dispenser promotes hand hygiene in schools in refugee settlements.