The Fab Foundation was formed February 9, 2009 to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network through the development of regional Fab Foundations and organizations. The Fab Foundation is a US non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program.  The mission of the Fab Foundation is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. Community organizations, educational institutions and non-profit concerns are their primary beneficiaries.

MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms is an interdisciplinary initiative exploring the boundary between computer science and physical science. CBA studies how to turn data into things, and things into data. It manages facilities, runs research programs, supervises students, works with sponsors, creates startups, and does public outreach.

Fab Academy

The Fab Academy provides instruction and supervises investigation of the mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication. Fab Academy is where many new fab lab managers, gurus and teachers get their training in digital fabrication.

Mission Statement
St. Joseph High School, a Catholic all-girls high school, rooted in the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY, seeks to empower diverse young women to find their voice and grow in their faith and integrity to become the leaders who create a just and peaceful world.

Vision Statement
St. Joseph High School welcomes each student, no matter her challenges, to our caring community, guiding her along her life’s journey as she grows her capacity to be a critical thinker, creative problem solver, clear communicator and spirited collaborator.  As educators, we acknowledge and celebrate different learning styles and expand our expertise in meeting the needs of a diverse population.  Through an innovative curriculum, we lead each student to put her learning in the service of others expanding her opportunities and finding her place in the world.

SJHS Partner
Saint Joseph high School
NYU Partner

Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities. From a student body of 158 during NYU’s very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 50,000 students at three degree-granting campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, and at study away sites in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries.

Yoav Bergner, a learning scientist at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, is researching how assessment can support learning in educational Fab Labs and Makerspaces and partnering with Fab Lab Connect. He works with instructional staff at schools like Saint Joseph’s to develop frameworks around the kinds of learning and growth that the schools themselves value. This means being attentive not only to technical knowledge and skill development, but to student growth in the areas of collaboration, communication, persistence, and self-directed learning. Bergner uses an evidence-centered design approach in working with the schools, starting by asking the instructors to articulate the claims that they want to be able to make about the students and working backwards to identify the right evidence and opportunities to observe them. These can come from a variety of sources, including interviews, presentations, portfolios, and peer- and self-assessments. Indeed, once they know what it is they are looking for, teachers and peers can amplify their impact with the aid of computer-based and mobile technology. The efficiency gained translates into more feedback for the learners themselves and more robust claims about the value of these innovative spaces.

Knowledge, technical innovation and teamwork are at the center of Schlumberger. For more than 80 years, they have focused on leveraging these assets to deliver solutions that improve customer performance.

Today, their real-time technology services and solutions enable customers to translate acquired data into useful information, then transform this information into knowledge for improved decision making-anytime, anywhere. Harnessing information technology in this way offers enormous opportunities to enhance efficiency and productivity. This is a quantum leap from providing traditional ‘just-in-case’ information to delivering ‘just-in-time’ knowledge that meets the changing needs of customers.

A city of knowledge, Yachay City is based on a comprehensive renovation structure, through specialized human talent; supporting infrastructure; public and private services; high-tech industry; research, development and innovation (R + D + i); education; trade; tourism; and agricultural modernization to maximize the potential economic growth of Ecuador.  Yachay has a “Plan of Informatization” in the medium and long term with a technology infrastructure edge, making it an ubiquitous city, attractive for various industries, enterprises, researchers and the citizens in general.

Crédit Agricole Group is the leading financial partner to the French economy and one of the largest banking groups in Europe.

Thanks to its universal customer-focused retail banking model – based on the cooperation between its retail banks and their related business lines – Crédit AgricoleGroup supports its customers’ projects in France and around the world: insurance, real estate, payments, asset management, leasing and factoring, consumer finance, corporate and investment banking.

The Centre for Sport and Youth of Corsica is a training organization approved by the Regional Directorate of Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion. Within educational frameworks it has State graduates and has a wide network of qualified partners. It implements, throughout the year, degree courses and continuing training.

CamplusPlex was designed by internet enthusiasts, wishing to create a workspace and ideal life. It is located at 12 rue Général Fiorella in Ajaccio. It consists of a half openspace welcoming 22 people and half a space for reflection and relaxation. It opened its doors on November 2 , 2009. This geographical unit has been designed to promote exchange and creativity.

MEDEF interacts with every level of civil society, even with stakeholders who are traditionally far removed from the business world, like youths, teachers, journalists, members of the legal community, local officials and artists. It sets in motion a broad range of concrete initiatives with partners in its push to “Make France a Winner.”

The Lazaret built in Ajaccio around 1850, was an institution for those with contagious diseases. It was bought in 1999 by F.Ollandini who transformed it into a Museum and a Cultural Center for the arts including performances, exhibits and conferences.


Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development (SEED) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit education program focused on underserved communities where Schlumberger people live and work. SEED empowers employee-volunteers and educators—including teachers, parents and other mentors—to share their passion for learning and science with students aged 10-18. The SEED learning-while-doing (LWD) methodology draws on the technology and science expertise of our volunteers to engage students in global issues, such as water, energy and climate change. There are over 1,000 affiliated schools with SEED.

UCLA Partner

UCLA’s primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities.

The Media Lab came into being in 1980 through the efforts of Professor Nicholas Negroponte and former MIT President and Science Advisor to President John F. Kennedy, Jerome Wiesner. The Lab grew out of the work of MIT’s Architecture Machine Group, and remains within MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning.
The Media Lab opened the doors to its I.M. Pei-designed Wiesner Building in 1985, and in its first decade was at the vanguard of the technology that enabled the digital revolution and enhanced human expression: innovative research ranging from cognition and learning, to electronic music, to holography. In its second decade, the Lab literally took computing out of the box, embedding the bits of the digital realm with the atoms of our physical world. This led to expanded research in wearable computing, wireless “viral” communications, machines with common sense, new forms of artistic expression, and innovative approaches to how children learn.

MIT Media Lab