3D Printing Human Rights: Refugee Open Ware Looks to Bring FabLabs to Conflict Zones

3D Printing Human Rights: Refugee Open Ware Looks to Bring FabLabs to Conflict Zones

One group, called Refugee Open Ware (ROW) is looking to help these refugees in a very unique way. They look to bring “disruptive technology” to these camps, and much of that technology is based around 3D printing.

“Our mission is to employ disruptive technology to improve human rights fulfillment for both refugees and host communities in conflict zones,” founders of ROW explain. “We seek to attenuate the immediate effects of conflict while driving long-term economic development, productivity growth, venture creation and employment generation. We develop open hardware innovation ecosystems, fueled by co-creation between refugees, host communities, and the best global resources in the world. We establish digital fabrication laboratories and innovation centers that provide the tools and training of the Third Industrial Revolution”

The goal is to provide individuals at this camp with training in digital fabrication such as 3D printing as well as open-source hardware, enabling them to grow organically. At the same time, they estimate that over 200,000 amputations took place due to the recent wars in Syria. Because of this, ROW is currently fitting 3D printed prosthetic hands for these individuals. With the help of e-NABLE, they hope to expand upon this in the future.

“Our vision is to establish a National Innovation Center by building NextFab Amman in the King Hussein Business Park,” ROW explains. “The center will be outfitted with a full-range of digital fabrication equipment and will foster innovation at the intersection of disruptive technologies. New ventures will be supported by the Business Park’s start-up incubation facilities. By early 2016, we aim for the center to host Fab Academy training for Jordan and the entire region. “

Read more: http://3dprint.com/83747/refugee-open-ware/

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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