The Ashton Centre and Nerve Centre have been the driving force behind establishing an all Ireland FabLab network, supported by the global Fab Foundation in Boston. The principal objective of Fab Foundation Ireland is to encourage and support the establishment of Fab Labs on the island of Ireland. This will include undertaking and commissioning relevant research related to the setting up and operation of Fab Labs, facilitating the establishment of community based Fab Labs and contributing to the advancement of industry, commerce, and enterprise aimed at the creation of employment and training opportunities, social enterprises and sustainable economic development. FFI will provide Fab Lab host organisations with advice, information, consultancy and management services. It will also provide and maintain a forum where members can join together to find mutual support, exchange views, share common issues and information and work in partnership with statutory and educational agencies, authorities and institutions. The foundation aim to meet quarterly with additional secretariat meetings.
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