• 3D Printing at Innovative Citizen © Roland Baege

  • Fungi workshop © Roland Baege

  • Food + Farming © Roland Baege

  • upycling lamp from last years workshop © Roland Baege


Innovative Citizen 2018 at the Dortmunder U

26.10.2018 - 28.10.2018

This year ‘Innovative Citizen – festival for a more democratic technology’ will take place in in Etopia from the 24th until the 28th of September and in Dortmund from the 26th to the 28th of October 2018.

Innovative Citizen 2018 will again focus on the democratization of technology. At a time when autonomy is interpreted territorially and linked to political and economic interests, the festival wants to contribute to the more radical idea of ​​individual autonomy. Through the smart and yet critical handling of high-tech, Innovative Citizen enable new ways for self-determined lifestyles. A self-determination that does not exclude responsibility for sustainability and orientation towards the common good.

On the topics ‘Food + Farming’, ‘Digital Production’, ‘Circular City’ and ‘Textiles’, there will be numerous workshops to practice technology. Both evenings, there will be lecture events, music, a party, and the big IC-highland games that offer the opportunity for an intensive exchange. Saturday and Sunday there will be a ‘Maker Breakfast’, where you can strengthen yourself for the day and use the opportunity for networking.

Until the end of September, you can use the crowdfunding campaign at www.startnext.com/icf18 to get the cheaper tickets and to secure numerous specials.

Digital manufacturing

Digitalization, optical technologies and low cost microcontrollers have the potential to revolutionize manufacturing technology. The paradigm of economies of scale (the bigger, the more efficient) could be broken by them. Instead, individualized products would be manufactured locally as needed and the relationship between production and consumption renegotiated. The citizen becomes an “Innovative Citizen”, the city takes back the production.

In the area of ‘digital production’ there are e.g. Workshops on 3D printing. However, we also get to know the basic principles of robotics in other workshops and show how simple robots can be used for meaningful or meaningless purposes in an urban environment. We will take care of the energy transition right away and present the project “e: Lab – Citizen’s Laboratory for Energy Innovations”.

Food + Farming

Monocultures and pesticides make soil infertile, emit tons of CO2 into the atmosphere or displace  forests. While on the one hand people starve to death, nutrition concepts in industrialized nations are raised to meaningful life content. At the same time, every person in Germany produces around 80 kilograms of food trash every year.

In the subject area ‘Food & Farming’ the different attempts are made to counter this scenario. In workshops we experiment with yeasts, bacteria, fungi, insects or plants in order to grow materials, produce food and experience completely new tastes.

Circular City

Each city produces huge amounts of waste every year. Clothes, food and entertainment equipment are available for little money. If something is broken, or simply don´t liked anymore, it is disposed and replaced. The globalized ‘cheap-cheap’ mentality creates major environmental and social problems worldwide, wastes raw materials and pollutes the environment. We are all responsible for this development – consumers, manufacturers and recyclers! Responsible action thus plays an increasingly important role and the desire of many people for ecological, fair and local approaches is growing.

‘Circular City’ invites you to participate and offers exciting perspectives for a local, creative and lively city society. Undiscovered resources are slumbering all over the streets, waiting to be discovered with you!


The textile industry is changing. Fast fashion is booming like never before and is criticized more and more. Unfair production conditions and textile-related environmental damage are the destructive consequences of an increasingly fast-paced and price-focused fashion industry, which is basically always spinning in circles.

More and more young designers are looking for new ways to handle and process fabrics. Upcycling and the revival of old techniques, such as plant staining, can lead to more responsible handling of textiles and raw materials. Current technologies, such as laser cutters and conductive yarns open up a new horizon and provide space for fresh ideas. ‘Textiles’ offers these designers and all those interested a platform to actively rethink textiles.