Maker Communities Respond to COVID-19 – Online Meetup

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Maker communities around the world have responded to the COVID-19 crisis swiftly with a mission to save lives. In this online session, we invite makers who are on the ground, fighting the virus in real-time, to share their experiences and answer your questions.

Fri, April 24, 2020  UTC+07:00

16:00 – 18:00 Time is UTC+7 Zoom + YouTube Live

FabCafeTV YouTube channel




Maker communities around the world have responded to the COVID-19 crisis swiftly with a mission to save lives. These teams of makers, manufacturing companies, designers, citizen scientists, engineers, medical professionals and other stakeholders are swiftly gathering in a bottom-up, avengers-style to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

These local actors are not only leveraging the power of quick prototyping that digital fabrication can provide, but are also acting as important organizers of essential logistic projects, creating solutions that require quick collaboration happening at the local level.

In this online session, we invite maker community leaders to share their experiences and answer your questions. Participants can join via Zoom video conferencing (sign up here!) or on YouTube Live on FabCafeTV.

Date and time

2020/04/24, Friday
16:00 – 18:00 UTC+7

This online meeting will be held predominantly in English.

※Please signup via Peatix for the Zoom link or visit FabCafeTV for the YouTube live stream.


16:00 Open

16:10 Azby Brown, Safecast and the COVID-19 Testing map

16:20 Ira Winder, Procedural Pandemic: Understanding the COVID-19 Epidemic as an Urban System via Interactive Simulation

16:30 Kalaya Kovidisith, Community-driven innovation: Collaboration as essential element in connecting the backlines with the frontlines to attack COVID-19 in Bangkok

17:00 David Tena Vicente, FabCafe Barcelona as Makerspace, Fabrication organizing leader, and emergency logistics management hub. Words of advice and solidarity from a pandemic-center 

17:10 Cross talk, including questions from audience

17:50 Wrap up words

18:00 Finish

Guest Speakers

Azby Brown

Azby Brown, Safecast

Expert on Japanese design, craftsmanship, and environmental sensibility. Lead Researcher for SAFECAST. Safecast is a global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments. One of Safecast’s founding beliefs is that people should have access to reliable and accurate information in order to make decisions about their own safety and that of their friends and families so we have developed the COVID-19 Testing Map, a crowdsourced map to help people document their experiences when seeking COVID-19 testing

Ira Winder

Ira Winder, Procedural Pandemic

Ira is a researcher, educator, and practitioner who specializes in end-to-end design, development, and implementation of interactive simulations for solving complex problems in industry, academia, and public agencies. Ira’s range of expertise includes Computer Science, Mathematical Modeling, City Planning, and Architectural Design. He is currently a Researcher with dual appointments at the MIT Engineering Systems Laboratory (ESL) and the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS). He holds a Master of City Planning (MIT, 2013) and Bachelor of Science and Design (MIT, 2010).

Kalaya Kovidvisith

Kalaya Kovidvisith, FabCafe Bangkok Co-founder

Kalaya is the co-founder of FabCafe Bangkok since 2014 and has been a lecturer at Thammasat University, Faculty of Architecture and Planning since 2004. Kalaya excels in gathering multidisciplinary teams composed of various stakeholders to find new solutions using the FabCafe network. She graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Architecture Studies, and Design and Computation.

David Tena Vicente

David Tena Vicente, FabCafe Barcelona CEO

David Tena is the CEO of FabCafe Barcelona. David graduated from the University of Barcelona with his degree in physics which has provided an extensive knowledge of mathematics, electronics and the practical application of mechanics. Projects at FabCafe Barcelona are viewed analytically, adapting and altering when necessary due to complex and unexpected situations. These skills are combined to provide training to universities and businesses and also guide David his management of the resources and ongoing projects at FabCafe Barcelona.




FabCafe is a place that conveys and spreads the “Fab” spirit in a delicious, fun, and easy-to-understand way that is not constrained by the logic of mass production or the market. Digital fabrication machines such as 3D printers and laser cutters are installed in the café where people gather for workshops, creative community meetups, or a good cup of coffee.

The GLUG community has over 40 chapters in cities around the world, including GLUG Tokyo, which was launched in January 2020. GLUG started in 2007. At the time, 20 people in a pub in London decided to overhaul the then-stiff, boring, and awkward corporate networking landscape. That’s why they created an event series for independent and inspirational creatives and innovators to gather and inspire each other.


Date & Time

Fri, April 24, 2020 16:00 – 18:00 Time is UTC+7 Zoom + YouTube Live UTC+07:00


FabCafeTV YouTube channel





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