What we do

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:

  • Global open knowledge - We want to increase the global open knowledge base on how to successfully make useful items in low resource settings.
  • Open standards and protocols - We plan to develop the open standards and protocols that are necessary for an open internet of manufacturing that supports decentralised supply networks, particularly in the Global South.

Internet of Production was founded on the following principles. We refer to them at everything we do:

  • Trustworthy
  • Equitable
  • Evidence-based
  • Accessible
  • Citizen-centric
  • Resilient
  • Sustainable
  • Adaptable
  • Pluralistic

Our members work together through a series of active Working Groups on different topics:

  • Open Know-How
  • Plastics Recycling
  • Socially Useful 3D Printing
  • Working with Artisans

MakerNet pilot (Nairobi, Kenya)

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
MakerNet Consortium Founding Partners

Connecting and networking for critical human needs

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:

  • Analyzing,  developing  and iterating  design  file  sharing  platform(s)  to  better  understand  item  and  user requirements (previously referred to as Makepedia)
  • Piloting an item testing engagement to advance items towards a usable and reliable stage
  • Analyzing marketing efforts to understand and grow engagement
  • Conducting interviews to explore three systems proposed to help agencies buy from local manufactures in countries and communities where they work (referred to as Makernet)
Knowledge and Design Platform Analysis