The Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC, together with its International Consortium, will work to develop the new Horizon 2020 project ‘DO IT’. This is an European Initiative aiming to empower Europe’s young innovators in an open digital world with the skills and tools they need from early on in life. Making Europe a better place and to build a more inclusive society needs initiative and knowledge – from youngest age on. Social entrepreneurship is the addressed competence that helps to support such challenges.

Children and youngster from 6 to 16 years old are involved within the project, that will deliver a European platform with a huge collection of templates and materials for young entrepreneurs, a collection of success stories, materials for educators and teachers.

The ‘DO IT’ initiative builds on innovative open educational approaches that favour concrete making, application and experiences. The programme is piloted and evaluated across 10 European countries, in schools, innovation labs, maker spaces and social enterprises. It offers intergenerational workshops and training events targeted at different learning needs and settings. DO IT’s online Idea Competition, open to all children in Europe, will inspire them to pursue an entrepreneurial career path.

Fab Kids in FAB10

The project consortium comprises experienced actors across the social innovation value chain with links to related European initiatives fostering young entrepreneurship education. DO IT relates to Fab Lab Barcelona’s research and projects on maker education.

The European partners in this project are: Waag Society (NL), Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft (AT), Lappeenranta University of Technology (FI), Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (AT), Mediale Pfade – Verein für Medienbildung (DE), eduCentrum (FYXXI, BE), ZAVOD Kersnikova (SI), Polyhedra (RS), Capital of Children (LEGO Foundation, DK), University of Zagreb (HR), European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute (LT), YouthProAktiv (BE).

About EU Horizon 2020 Programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years, which promises breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 European Funding for Research and Innovation