Is the production of the future local, circular and digital?
9:00 - 13:00
We're kicking off a new, innovative consortium exploring the production of the future. Join us in Carlsberg Byen, Copenhagen Friday September 8th from 9 to 12 AM.
Event info
9:00 - 13:00
Event type
The Danish Design Centre, Maker, Manufacture Copenhagen, Et. Al., Copenhagen Municipality and Centre of Circular Economy.
Carlsberg Byen
1799 København

The Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen Municipality, Maker, Manufacture Copenhagen, the Centre of Circular Economy and the design bureau Et. Al. are initiating a new Danish consortium for the industry, the public sector and citizen initiatives. The consortium will decipher what production will look like in the future: from mass-production in the Far East to digital, tailor-made goods in short series produced close to the consumer, from use-and-throw-away to circular economies.

We will do this by testing experiments and concrete ways in which Denmark can become a dynamo for the digitally driven local and decentralised production of the future. And we will embark on practical initiatives for open source innovation and circular economy.

The consortium will create meet-ups between actors who otherwise never meet each other: The 3D-printers will meet the CEOs, the craftsman will meet the startups, the activists will meet the municipal decision-makers. Together, they will rethink the way we use new digital technologies, create and consume products, and the digital and circular business models of the future.

The consortium is part of the global  FAB CITY network, which consists of more than 1,200 Fab Labs, businesses and organisations. This network transforms the world's largest cities into Fab Cities: Digital cities with local production and circular economy, connected by digital data sharing, and in which designs, know-how and business models are shared and scaled globally in real-time.

By participating in the kick-off summit you will receive free participation in the future in:

  • A consortium consisting of actors from the industry, technological leaders, enthusiasts and cities, who will not only talk but also act.

  • A direct connection to Fab City's global network of innovators, businesses and decision-makers, who Manufuture will work closely with.

09.00 - 09.15: Welcome w/ Thomas Jacobsen, Managing Director, Culture and Leisure Administration, Copenhagen Municipality

09.15 - 09.45: Fab Cities: locally productive, globally connected cities of the future (eng) with Tomas Diez, Instigator at Fab City Research Laboratory

09.45 - 10.15: Is the Danish production of the future local, decentralised and digital? (in Danish) Ved Christian Villum & Julie Hjort, programme directors from the Danish Design Centre

10.15 - 10.45: Introduction to workshop groups
1/ From Fab lab to Fab City - The city as an area of innovation
2/ Distributed production - product development of the future
3/ New business models in a circular and open source economy

10.45 - 11.15: Break & network

11.15 - 12.00: Work groups

12.00 - 12.30: Debrief and ambitions of the consortium

Speakers and further programme details will be updated continually.

The conference is presented by the Danish Design Centre, Maker, Manufacture Copenhagen, Et. Al., Copenhagen Municipality and the Centre of Circular Economy.

If you wish to participate or have any questions, please contact and include a few words about your interest in the initiative. Sign-up is first-come, first-serve as the capacity is limited.