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Luiss Guido Carli

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Openness, Makers and Personal Digital Fabrication

The course is open to students registered in 2016-2017 for master’s programs in Economics and Finance or Political Science or for the III, IV or V year of the single-cycle master’s program in Law.

The course is completely free of charge, participants will earn credits as listed in the study plan under Other Activities. 

The course has a total length of 40 hours, divided into 10 four-hour modules during the second semester. To earn credits, students must attend at least 80% of the total hours, which means students can miss a total of 8 hours.

The course will not be offered in English.

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the new frontier of digital craftsmanship and its implications such as the peer economy, horizontality, crowdfunding, sustainability, FabLab and co-working, and entrepreneurialism. 

Students will follow their ideas through to the production phase, experimenting directly with new tools to gain personal experience. Previous experience is not necessary, you do not need to be engineers!

Throughout the course, students will concentrate on designing and creating smart objects based on Internet of Things technology, with technological support from FabLab Roma Makers tutors and their Arduino microcontrollers, 3D printers, laser cutters, plotters and milling cutters.

Following initial theoretical sessions on the Viale Romania campus (Modules I and II), participants will work in close collaboration with FabLab Roma Makers who will share their technological know-how as well as their materials and machines at the headquarters at Via G.B Magnaghi 59, where students will be given space to develop their ideas.

Modules will be structured as follows:

  • I Module Open Culture and Open Enterprise, innovation trends. From the traditional economy to the sharing economy revolution: participation, collaboration, accessibility and common benefit.
  • II Module Makers: digital artisans. Arduino and the Internet of Things. Additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • III Module FabLab Makers Rome machines: 3D printers, laser cutters, plotters and milling cutters. Personalized digital fabrication. Prototype techniques: constructionism, learning by making and co-design.
  • IV Module Project Building: accessible software for modeling
  • V Module Project Building: electronics basics, interactivity planning with Arduino
  • VI Module Project Building: choosing materials and beginning construction
  • VII Module  - Project Building: construction and initial trials
  • VIII Module - Project Building: creating a prototype
  • IX Module - Project Building: prototype validation
  • X Module - Final project presentations

The course calendar will be available in September 2016.

General rules 

  • To earn credits, students must attend the minimum number of hours for each course.
  • A tutor will be in charge of tracking attendance, which will be done by signing a register. Students who do not sign this register will be considered absent. Attendance is compulsory and will be used to determine the credits earned. No exceptions will be made.
  • Absences are calculated on the basis of the attendance register. Depending on the calendar and their personal needs, students can either miss a single day, or can leave early (to minimize distractions, arriving late is not permitted).
  • Once a student has selected one of the courses, they cannot earn the credits in any other way.
  • Students who have already earned the credits in their study plan under Other Activites and those who have already begun taking foreign language courses or any other for-credit Other Activity course cannot apply for the course.

More information

  • The program is opened to a maximum of 25 students from all relevant departments. Students will be enrolled for the course on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Where less than the minimum number of 15 students sign up for a course, that course will not be offered.
  • Activities will take place during the second semester on Friday afternoons (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) or Saturdays (from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) with lunch break from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The lunch break is not considered a course hour.
  • No activities will take place during exam periods.
  • The course takes place on a LUISS campus and at the FabLab headquarters at Via Magnaghi 59.


To register, students must send an email to including their full name and matriculation number between June 8 and 23, 2016. Requests received before or after this period will not be considered. 

The course calendar will be available in September 2016.