Creative laboratories drive hands-on digital literacy in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fab Lab Livre is a public digital innovation network developed by the Ministry of Community Innovation and Technology of São Paulo, Brazil. The initiative is currently taking place in 12 different spaces, where participants are invited to leverage digital tools to create innovative projects to enhance their lives and those of other citizens.
The labs provide participants with access to hardware and software equipment such as 3D printers, plotters, milling machines, computers with design software (CAD), and other electronic tools. This enables creators to combine different digital and traditional tools to come up with new ideas. Anyone is invited to participate to create new solutions and sign up for diverse courses or activities.
Fab Lab Livre intends to boost creative skills, improve digital literacy and benefit the community by generating new professional opportunities. While technology training courses are offered at these spaces, Fab Lab Livre believes that the best way to learn is through hands-on projects.
According to Luiz Otavio Miranda, coordinator of two Fab Labs, one of the main objectives of this initiative is to make technology accessible for everyone.
Source: Correio 24 horas