We are a global network of people and organizations building the knowledge and tools to enable a future of sustainable, globally networked local manufacturing.
Internet of Production was formed after the MakerNet Pilot in 2016-17 which explored some of the ideas around networked local manufacturing. We found that there are all kinds of people and organisations around the world doing groundbreaking work in this area – and few formal ways of sharing the knowledge.
Our main focus is:
Internet of Production was founded on the following principles. We refer to them at everything we do:
Our members work together through a series of active Working Groups on different topics:
The Makernet pilot was action research in 2016-17 by a number of like-minded organisations interested in exploring the potential of Networked Local Manufacturing to improve the availability of useful products and technologies and therefore improve quality of life, at the same time as creating business opportunities and jobs.
The pilot undertook research in Nairobi with a focus on simple medical devices. It demonstrated a clear market opportunity to supply local health providers with locally made medical devices to fill existing shortfalls in supply.
The project determined that the key to catalysing the market is developing and sharing business models and facilitating connections between makers and markets.
Cisco, IBM and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) financially supported the MakerNet pilot project.Download Makernet Pilot final report
This project built lean and iterative MVPs and furthered partnership development towards a sustainable digital humanitarian production system. It had the goal to develop online platforms to make humanitarian supply production better, faster and cheaper. This project undertook various strategies to do this: