Call For Participation


design – build – make – learn
June 18 2018
NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Deadline for Papers, Posters, Demos and Workshops: March 20 (March 27)
Notification of Acceptance: April 20 (April 27)

FabLearn Europe invites submissions for the third FabLearn conference in Europe to be held June 18, 2018 at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. The two-day conference organised jointly by NTNU and Aarhus University brings together international researchers, educators, designers, and makers to discuss and explore digital fabrication in education, making in educational contexts, and hands-on learning for the 21st Century. FabLearn Europe is organised as a sister conference to the global FabLearn conference that has been held over the past five years at Stanford University, USA.

Note that FabLearn Europe is conveniently located so that delegates can, if they wish, attend this and IDC (Interaction Design and Children) Conference which is also being hosted by NTNU and is running form the 19th to the 22nd June 2018.

We seek submissions of papers, workshops, posters and demos that focus on topics related to learning and technology within the area of digital fabrication. We welcome submissions from people from multiple sectors including teachers, practitioners, technologists, designers and academics. Key areas of interest include:

  • Explorations and evaluations of digital fabrication in schools such as best practice case studies.
  • New methods for digital fabrication that have been tested in educational contexts.
  • Theoretical concerns concerning digital technologies, education or fabrication.
  • Emerging technologies for digital fabrication.
  • Innovative ideas in research and education with digital fabrication.
  • Design thinking, innovation or entrepreneurship in education.

All submissions will be made here:


The paper track is intended for those conducting research. This is a venue to present current and future projects in the realm of digital fabrication and “making” in educational settings. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate original research results and work in progress that show the latest innovative ideas. Papers must cite relevant published work, indicate novel approaches, and stress the importance of the submission to the digital fabrication/makers/hands-on learning communities. Paper submissions must be between 6-8 pages in SIGCHI Format, authors of accepted papers will be given 10 minute presentation slots and are encouraged to consider novel presentation methods. Authors will also have the optional opportunity to present posters to speak with attendees about their work.

Please prepare your paper in a way that preserves anonymity of the authors. Content will be rigorously reviewed by members of the program committee. Each paper will receive feedback in the form of at least three peer review reports. The final selection will be made by the Program Committee based on the review reports. The program committee reserves the right to ask authors for specific changes as a precondition to publication.

FabLearn Europe will propose a special issue on Digital Fabrication in the Elsevier International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, where extended versions of selected papers will be considered..


Workshops are interactive sessions demonstrating best-practice in innovative digital fabrication and/or hands-on learning activities used in classrooms, museums, and any other type of learning space. The workshops should be designed to last 1 or 2 hours and will be open to attendance by conference delegates. If your workshop targets teachers please make this clear along with why teachers would find attending your workshop valuable.

Workshop organisers will be invited to submit a 2-page summary of the workshop in SIGCHI Format.


Posters are intended for anyone (teachers, practitioners, technologists, designers and academics etc) working within the digital fabrication field who wish to share and discuss their ideas, insights and findings with others. Poster submissions consist of a description of the work and a physical A0 poster summarising the key points. Posters will be displayed during the conference and delegates will be encouraged to visit the posters and ask questions of the authors during breaks.

Demo submissions take the form of 2-page papers written in SIGCHI Format.


Demos are intended to showcase new digital fabrication tools, hands-on learning platforms, construction kits applicable to education, and student projects. The demos will be showcased during the conference and are similar to posters in that attendees will be encouraged to visit the demo stands during the breaks.

Demo submissions take the form of 2-page papers written in SIGCHI Format.


Please contact michailg at ntnu [dot] NO with any queries
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