BCN Ciutat Digital

Conclusions from the first co-creation session for the Maker District in Poblenou

A working session was held on 25 April this year with the aim of setting up a network, establishing connections and providing support for the social digital innovation community, open technology and the maker movement in Barcelona, particularly in the Poblenou neighbourhood. The session looked at common experiences and projects under way, identifying needs and how to make improvements from a grass roots level upwards as a way of developing the local network. It provided a chance to hear about shortcomings detected and suggested improvements from those involved, as well as to promote the creation of a cluster to facilitate communication between different parties involved.


The session featured three sections. The first, described as the ‘Speed Boat’ section, was a collective look at ideas and desired goals, establishing how to pursue them and what might hinder them.


The second section, with the title ‘Remember the future’, consisted of a look back from the future to discover what led to the success and the consolidation of Barcelona as a world leader in the 4.0 industry and the maker movement. This process highlighted the evolution of models for the city, governance, economy, education and culture, profiling their social transformation and international impact.


The third section mapped out the sector’s existing resources, the motivation of the current movement and the transformation of aspirations, anticipating potential paths to connect citizens to those same resources. A brainstorming exercise also revolved around how to achieve the transformation of the district and become global leaders in the 4.0 industry and the maker movement.




As a result of the work done in the session, the different groups made up of 40 participants were able to establish various strategies for action at a local and a broader level, with a view to making Barcelona a future global leader in this sector. This can be achieved via a model of governance geared towards sustainable mobility, sustainable and local food, waste recycling, local production, energy self-sufficiency, social transformation, funding for collaborative projects and initiatives, culture, education and business as a way of backing the maker culture.