Workshop: Digital badges, skills and social learning in Living Labs and Fab Labs

This interactive co-creation session is to SHARE and BUILD FUTURES

WhenThursday 25th of August from 10h45 to 12h30



Initiate and co-design a skill and social learning framework for all the living lab ecosystems and Fab Labs around the world. Explore possibilities to initiate projects with the network and amplified the interconnection between those complementary kind of labs.


Skills, competencies, learning, recognition, digital badge, Living Lab, Fab Lab



The use of digital certificates (micro credential) and badges (digital badge) is an emerging practice for assessing and enhancing the skills acquired in formal and informal context of co-design and improve digital literacy and collaborative intelligence for researchers, practitioners and citizens. Communautique as a Living Lab, located in the heart of the Innovation Square of Montreal, develop a research action program to design and implement a digital badge system to facilitate the recognition of skills acquired and developed by participants in its training activities and codesign events within échoFab, first Fab Lab approved by MIT in Canada.

The main objective of this workshop is to co-design a skill and social learning framework for all the living lab ecosystems and Fab Labs around the world. To accomplish that, we will challenge participants to discuss and reflect around the 21st century and open innovation skills references, experimentation of new educational design (STEM to STEAM), technology assessment of digital badges management systems, and the use of “Open badges” standard developed by Mozilla.

The participants (30 to 50) are also going to prototype and experiment the design of digital badges (1h30). This workshop can contribute to evaluating the impacts of this project on living labs and fab labs organizations and in its ecosystem in emerging practices of citizen ownership of collaborative technologies and the role of researchers in this type of initiative.

Who should attend? Living Lab and Fab lab practisioners and researchers

Workshop capacity: 30-50 participants

Session organiser and facilitators:

Geoffroi Garon-Épaule