Do-It-Yourself Technologies for Action and Empowerment

Stories, practice and perspectives.

16-18 October 2018 – Edinburgh, UK

The MAZI project is concluding at the end of 2018. To mark the occasion we are inviting you to join us as we celebrate our achievements, share our stories and the lessons we learned, and perhaps most importantly, to discuss what should happen next. The symposium will present case studies from our pilot studies in Berlin, Zurich, London and northern Greece, along with talks by invited speakers. Building on the context of our own MAZI experiences, we will broaden out the debate with perspectives from outside the project.

Where next? Future directions and challenges.

To end the day, we will present a panel debate with speakers, titled: From Do-It-Yourself to Do-It-Together: Perspectives on the future use of community networking technologies for grassroots social impact.

Hands-on Workshops

The half-day workshops will provide “hands-on” opportunities to try out the MAZI DIY networking toolkit, based around the Raspberry Pi. The workshops will be divided into two groups, one for technical novices with an interest in how the technologies can be used in domains such as; education, art & creativity, and civic & community participation. The other group will be for programmers and technical enthusiasts who are interested in finding out more about it all works, and perhaps getting involved in supporting the on-going development of the open-source project. More about the MAZI DIY networking toolkit.


Summerhall, The Dissection Room, 1 Summerhall, EDINBURGH, EH9 1PL


All events are free to attend.

Register for the one-day Symposium here

Register for Workshop 1 here

Register for Workshop 2 here


Tues 16th & Wed 17th October

13.00 – 17.00  Option to attend one or both afternoons

(programme in development – check back for updates)

Both workshops will run on the afternoons of the 16th and 17th of October. It is possible to attend either session or both.

Workshop 1: Customising the MAZI Toolkit.

For people with experience of software programming.

Find out about the open source software behind the MAZI toolkit, running on Raspberry Pis. The toolkit enables the creation of a local WiFi network zone, along with customised application. Raspberry Pis will be provided so you can try out the software and work on your own individual project or in small groups. We advise you to bring a laptop.

Lead by James Stevens,, Mark Gaved, Open University, and a representative from the University of Thessaly, Greece.

Workshop 2: Using the MAZI Toolkit with your community.

For people with interested in building local networks for education, art & creativity, civic & community participation, and more.

This is an introductory workshop, and no technical knowledge is needed. The focus of this workshop is about exploring how “simple” WiFi connection technologies, such as the MAZI Toolkit, can be used with groups and communities to support social activities and share knowledge. All technology will be provided, but it would be useful to bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Lead by Katalin Hausel & Lauren Lapidge, unMonastery, Elizabeth Calderón Lüning, Neighborhood Academy, Berlin.

During the two workshops, Denise Allan of Wee Replicators will be demonstrating 3D printing and the use of 3D printing pens. Have a go at customising your own case for your Raspberry Pi WiFi network!



Thurs 18th October

Full day, followed by drinks reception and book launch until 19.00


(in development – check back for updates)

10.00 – 10.30: Welcome and introduction to the MAZI project.

Michael Smyth, Edinburgh Napier University.

10.30 – 11.00: Berlin Neighborhood Academy: MAZI Pilot Study presentation

Elizabeth Calderón Lüning

11.00 – 11.30: London Creeknet: MAZI Pilot Study presentation

James Stevens & Mark Gaved

11.30 – 11.45: Break

11.45 – 12.15: The Reverso Project, DIY networking, occupied housing and surburban Favelas in São Paulo, Brazil.

Elizabeth Wright & Loyane Bianchini, Central Saint Martins, London.

12.15 – 12.45: Invited Speaker: Wee Replicators, widening access to digital making

Denise Allan, Wee Replicators, Edinburgh.

12.45 – 14.00: Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.30: Zurich Kraftwerk Housing Cooperatives: MAZI Pilot Study Presentation

Ileana Apostol & Philipp Klaus

14.30 – 15.00: unMonastery village interventions in northern Greece: MAZI Pilot Study Presentation

Katalin Hausel & Lauren Lapidge

15.00 – 15.30: Invited Speaker: TBC

15.30 – 15.45: Break

15.45 – 16.15: Invited Speaker: TBC

16.15 – 17.00: Discussion Panel: From Do-It-Yourself to Do-It-Together: Perspectives on the future use of community networking technologies for grassroots social impact

17.00 – 19.00: Drinks reception and book launch


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