SECO's commitment to train tomorrow's professionals by sponsoring the Fab Academy

SECO is glad to be a current sponsor of the Fab Academy, a project based on MIT's popular rapid-prototyping course "How to Make (Almost) Anything" taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld. This program aims at initiating, mentoring and technically training people to digital fabrication, design, electronics, software and everything in between. It's meant for graduates to improve their careers and for adults who want to retrain, creating new professional figures and a community of professionals capable of evolving in response to the challenges posed by new technologies.

Every week for six months Prof. Neil Gershenfeld holds a global lecture on a different topic and students work on assignments using the equipment of one of the Fab Labs established in 21 countries. One of the Italian Fab Labs, Santa Chiara Lab, is located in the University of Siena.

SECO, situated in Arezzo not too far from the University of Siena, and having a long technical partnership with departments and professors at the University, couldn’t miss the opportunity of a new synergic collaboration with Fab Academy, thanks to a shared common mission exemplified by the SECO LAB project – aimed at mentoring and training tomorrow’s professionals.

Most recently, SECO has granted a scholarship and a donation of UDOO boards (a perfect tool for education and creativity) to the students at Santa Chiara Lab: a multidisciplinary space divided into various working areas for 3D printing, cutting and engraving of various types of materials, woodworking, processing of electronics components (circuits, sensors, actuators) and interactive textiles.

In a world where new technologies are destined to play an increasingly important role in everyday life, schools, training centres, and especially companies, cannot but accept the responsibility of providing young professionals with technological expertise to support in the growth of tomorrow's technicians and engineers through education, mentorship, and opportunities.