FabLab Rwanda was established in May 2016, by ICT Chamber in partnership with Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Education, SolidWorks Corporation MIT-CBA, and Gasabo3D who followed through taking lessons learnt from efforts of supporting Software Innovators (at KLAB) to execute on His Excellency’s recommendation to put in place a Fabrication Laboratory (FABLAB) to support Hardware Innovators in Rwanda.
FabLab Rwanda is a space for members to turn innovative ideas into products specifically in the hardware and electronics domain. The space provides a platform for capacity building and integration of hardware skills with software knowledge and quickly bringing Rwandan innovators closer to the Internet of Things era.
The space provides collaborative community, Knowledge base and innovation business model Guidance with a core focus to increase Rwanda’s competitiveness in the fields of Design, Engineering, Electronics, Fabrication and High-Tech innovative business.
FABLAB Rwanda also serves as a model for the nation’s leaders in policy, government, and industry, to experience, first hand, Fab Lab’s grass roots approach in developing technical education and literacy, promoting innovation and launching inventions while transforming traditional industries into digital fabrication agents.
FabLab Rwanda is a hardware innovation centre in Rwanda that enables inventions by providing access for individuals to tools for digital fabrication. It also provides a space for individuals to turn innovative ideas into products specifically in the hardware and electronics domain. As a result the space offers a platform for capacity building and integration of hardware skills with software knowledge bringing Rwandan innovators closer to the Internet of Things era. FabLab Rwanda also provides a space for collaborative community, knowledge base and innovation business model guidance with a core focus of increasing Rwanda’s competitiveness in Design, Engineering, Electronics, Fabrication and High-Tech innovative businesses.
FabLab Rwanda Foundation
FabLab Rwanda is a non-profit educational organization that was established in response to the recommendation by his Excellency President Paul Kagame of opening a FabLab in Rwanda after his visit to both solidworks cooperation and MIT’s Centre of bits and Atoms (CBA) in 2007 and 2013 with the aim of enabling Rwandans to benefit from the emerging technologies as far as digital fabrication is concerned. FabLab Rwanda was opened in May 2016 by joint efforts between Rwanda ICT Chamber, Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT), SOLIDWORKS Cooperation and GASABO 3D.
Our mission is is not different from the general objective of FabLabs across the world and this is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and possible support to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world.