The FabSpace 2.0 project aims at making universities open innovation centers for their region and improving their contribution to the performance of societies. It will concentrate on innovation areas with high expected socio-economic and environmental impacts by geodata-driven innovation through leveraging space-borne Earth observation data in particular.
The FabSpace 2.0 project promoting universities to endorse a new role as co-creators of innovations in the context of Science 2.0 principles. The future realization of open data as a new innovation scene needs to set up a creative environment in which developers from the civil society or industry or the academic research, public administrations and civil organizations can meet, work together, co-create new tools and business models.
The FabSpace 2.0 project initiating a new kind of Fab Lab: FabSpace in universities. A Fab Lab is a one-stop shop access to any materials, machines and tools to digitally manufacture new products. The FabSpace will be a one-stop shop-access to a range of space data and free software & data processing tools to develop new applications and business models.
TU Darmstadt is the only one University of Technology in the state of Hessen, Germany, with more than 25000 students. The Remote Sensing and Image Analysis and Physical and Satellite Geodesy” section of the Institute of Geodesy will operate a FabSpace 2.0 lab (Fab Lab) which will be open for all potential users from inside and outside the university. The lab will provide a working environment (e.g. hardware, software and data) as well as teaching and consultancy support to innovators aiming to develop their creative ideas into applications with commercial potentials. The FabSpace 2.0 Lab at TU Darmstadt will focus on the use of space-data from various Earth observing satellite missions, and methods like optical and radar remote sensing, photogrammetry and image analysis, satellite altimetry, satellite gravimetry, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) etc.
The FabSpace 2.0 project will provide a new free-access service and place dedicated to collaborative data-driven innovation in 6 European universities (aiming for an extension to 13 at the end of the project). Through online support, entrepreneurship & innovation leadership trainings for students and researchers, the human capital among FabSpace users will be enhanced. The link between universities, industry, the public sector and civil society will be strengthened with local and European actions/events consisting in developing new applications to tackle challenges launched by public organizations, NGOs and private companies. Students and researchers will enthusiastically use FabSpace and participate in workshops where they will meet experts and start-ups in a collaborative environment which will ensure the sustainability of the FabSpace 2.0 project.
The goal of this project is to set up and operate at Universities a platform to design and test data driven applications and business models. By doing so, FabSpace 2.0 intends to make universities regional catalysts and leaders of innovation in the area of data driven innovations.
Specific objectives of the FabSpace 2.0 project are to:
- Set up and operate at University a free-access place & service where students, researchers and external users can make use of a data platform and design and test their own applications.
- Train the users to improve their capacity to process data and develop new applications.
- Network students, researchers, entrepreneurs, project managers in industry and public authorities, civil society organizations and other representatives of civilians, consolidate user needs and industry requirements, foster the co-creation of new innovative solutions, support further business development.
- Exploit, sustain and disseminate the concept.
The Work Plan will be implemented within 6 Work Packages:
- WP1 – Setting up and operating regional FabSpace services
- WP2 – Enhancing human capital among the targeted groups of users
- WP3 – Animation and Networking for innovation and entrepreneurial discovery
- WP4 – Exploitation and dissemination
- WP5 – Communication
- WP6 – Management
The major impacts of the project can be summarized as follows:
- Make universities & research organizations more involved in innovation activities, through the development of interactions with innovators in industry and the public sector, with an increasing socio-economic impact
- Boost innovation skills in public administration
- Equip researchers with innovation leadership knowledge
- Raise awareness of the potential of co-creation of new solutions and other open innovation activities.