The Fab Foundation is a non-profit that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program, formed to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network as well as the development of regional capacity-building organizations. Their mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means 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. Community organizations, educational institutions and non-profit concerns are the primary beneficiaries. The Foundation’s programs focus on: education (.edu), organizational capacity building and services (.org), and business opportunity (.com). See www.fabfoundation.org for more information.
The Fab Foundation sees its contribution to the GHL partnership as follows:
"The Fab Foundation will collaborate towards the shared goals of the GHL: sharing lessons and experience from Fab Foundation initiatives; developing best practice in community empowerment; collaborating on similar projects to avoid duplication of efforts; sharing resources and learnings to address barriers to scale within the humanitarian innovation space. Last but not least the Fab Foundation will set the Global Humanitarian Lab as the facilitator of a "humanitarian overlay" to the fab lab network, connecting it with GHL partners, projects and initiatives around the world."