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From the slums in India to the shacks in South Africa, the need for the creation of global and sustainable values are of paramount importance. The value creation concept aims to create not just a paradigm shift in strategies, but also a shift in the distribution of livelihood, thereby providing adequate means of wealth and job creation to the populace of a developing and less developed countries. From a global, national, and institutional level, many initiatives and organizations were rolled out to tackle the urgent issue of inadequate value creation, among which is FabLab. FabLab means fabrication laboratory, it is a small-scale workshop equipped with flexible computer controlled tools and systems for the production of digital fabrications of widely distributed products, which are used to encourage creativity and innovation among individuals irrespective of their geographical and demographical status. The focus of this paper is to uncover what FabLab is, study the strategies being utilised at FabLabs (that is, the mode of operation), and analyse the success rate of FabLabs by comparing FabLabs in developed countries to FabLabs in developing countries, so as to ascertain the accomplishment rate of the FabLab ecosystems. 2
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... Drawing from these acclaimed benefits, the GreenLab microfactory was introduced in the Nigerian community to further provide adequate studies of the FabLab concept in a third world country, to measure its significant contribution to the global competitiveness and innovativeness of a country as depicted in the global competitiveness report and global innovation index (Osunyomi & Redlich, 2015). ...
... Performing a headcount of FabLabs per country shows Egypt as the fore-leader with a total of 9 FabLabs, and South Africa holding the second place with 8 FabLabs. Moreover, a remarkable discovery was made about the functionalities of FabLab in South Africa, as one of the respondent to the survey conducted in 2015 (Osunyomi & Redlich, 2015) indicated that some FabLabs in South Africa were inactive. This importantly provides a glimpse to the sustainability and viability issue presently confronting the FabLab ecosystem which will be concluded at the end of this section. ...
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The present overall impact of the FabLab initiative is tremendous, with records of its significance been recorded across different economic sectors, from the agriculture, energy, education, and to the health sector. However, with recorded advantages, Nigeria a country of approximately 200 million people does not have one. In lieu of this, on the 20th of April 2017, GreenLab Microfactory, the first registered FabLab on Nigerian soil, kicked off with a Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) workshop, appropriately named AJUMOSE meaning collaboration or cooperation in the Yoruba language. The goal of the workshop was to promote the FabLab concept in Nigeria, to the participants, through displaying the significance of collaboration and openness in solving social issues currently existing in the Nigerian community. This article gives an account of the event and its goals, detailing the results and findings from the workshop as well as benefits, lessons learnt which could be applied to future projects, and limitations of the event realised. The report also includes the analysis of feedback collected from the events participants.
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