Aim is to enhance visibility of makers’ culture and self sustainable production through STEAM and collaborative practices-do it yourself and do it with others.
Problems encountered were lack of: shared spaces and communities for lifelong learning, research and development; access to tools and communities willing to share knowledge; synergies between different professions; social inclusion in practice in the area of education and technology, new skills for digital market and better employability; mainstreaming of maker culture and innovative practices.
We give a chance to each individual to get an advice or help with their projects. Those who joined the makerspace have the opportunity to partake in the following sections: Microcontrollers and hands-on electronics, DIY Prosthetics, Robotics and hacking, BIOsection, Audio section, FPGA, 3D Print – CNC – 3D Scanning, Wearables and eTextiles, Programming, Flying Objects, e-Publishing, SmartZG – smart city.
The lab is offering also international and domestic residence programmes, from several months to few days. Categories: artist / engineer / maker / hacker / scientist / writer / biohacker-in-residence.
We also organize, curate and produce international exhibitions in renowned galleries, museums, cultural centers or as a part of tech fairs. Currently, we are developing our own mini museum for promoting the production of the lab, that will be open in early 2019.
The main stakeholders are international and domestic NGOs, private companies, public institutions, universities, schools, micro-communities, research centres, local community, students, pupils, participants of the programmes.

Resources needed

Costs per year:
Workshops, exhibitions, research: 18.000,00 €
Space renting, facilities: 6.5000,00 €
Investment into products: cca 3.000,00 €
Human resources: program coordinator, administrator and PR, technician – 54.000,00 €
Equipment, tools, material: 20.000,00 €

Evidence of success

150 international and domestic workshops; 27 produced and curated international exhibitions; 6 international hackathons.
Products: FPGA board, DIY VR glasses and Synthomir syntesizer kit.
Research projects: FPGA board, SmartZG – smart city network technology, BIOoptic synthesizers and sound boxes, FPGA – collaboration with Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Modular Video Synthesizers, Amplitude of Image and Sound.
Organisatin of international Creative Museum conference in 2017

Difficulties encountered

Mainly funded from cultural sector, so far stabile support. Dependence on current political situation brought the need to orient to entrepreneurship. Effort is made under the guidance of several professionals.
Lack of full-time staff for coordination and administration and one technician.

Potential for learning or transfer Makerspace is a hybrid lab merging innovation, creativity, technology, art, science, entrepreneurship and education. The lab has diverse sections, combining different professions to extend better access to education, soft skills and hands-on skills for better creative expression (design thinking) and employability potential at the ICT market.
By combining interdisciplinary approaches the lab is merging creative industries with ICT sector through the maker culture and entrepreneurship. The lab has know-how skills to transfer the knowledge on how to create maker communities from the scratch through bottom-up approaches (e.g. project Digital Lighthouses in Osijek and Rijeka, hackathon Subtle technologies in four places). In 2018 Radiona has organized exhibitions Electro/Biohack Friendly, Arcades of Electrinicy and Hybrid Lab of Curiocities in three other towns.
The lab will organize international maker camp Electric Wonderland in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.

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Main institution
Association for Development of ‘do-it-yourself’ Culture – Radiona / Zagreb Makerspace
Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia (Hrvatska)
Start Date
June 2011
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