Internet of Production


Internet of Production

Design, Internet of production, product development, Manufacturing industries,

This summit is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
Interested? Great! Please apply to join. Note that this summit has limited seats.

Co-creating the Internet of Production

Much like we’ve seen the internet disrupt industries from news media, music and video, to commerce and financial services we now expect to see a disruption of product development and manufacturing industries.

A new era of collaborative design and production engineering is emerging, which involves communities of designers, software companies and developers, as well as manufacturers in new and more flexible economic relationships to deliver increasingly customised products and compete with large corporations in smaller and more agile groupings.


Three key trends are set to disrupt the way the next generation of physical products are designed, manufactured, and distributed:

  1.  Product design is going online (3D models).
  2.  Increasingly flexible machines, such as 3D-printers, CNC and robotics.
  3. Open and Internet-enabled supply chains.


This summit will share, discuss and work on developing open standards and infrastructure for:

  • The way product designers share and work with files online.
  • Interoperability between all the software services necessary to do everything from design to production (CAD-CAM, Simulation, Industrial IoT, quality testing data).
  • The Internet-connected production capacity of flexible and digital fabrication machines.

In short, we call this the Internet of Production.

The Summit will be co-creative. We will demonstrate the first instance of a fully online process from design to production to fuel the debate.

Key questions to explore

  • What are the gaps in the online digital toolchain, which prevents a fully seamless online process from 3D-design to the physical product?
  • What are the machines and fabrication that should form part of the internet of production?
  • What data can we collect during the process of taking something from design to production to the final product, which could improve replicability?
  • What are the skills and processes needed internally in companies to take full advantage of new design and production processes?
  • How can the internet of production realise more social and sustainable products?
  • What are the legal systems and insurance regulations that are needed to realise an open, distributed and flexible production system?


Desired Outcome

We envision three things to come out of this Summit:

  1. A manifesto for an open, collaborative, flexible system of production.
  2. An alliance for the future of production where members support each other in developing the necessary tools, infrastructure and solutions to deliver on the IoP.
  3. Kickstart of a number of workgroups to establish the protocols and standards for IoP as well as the legal, IP and insurance challenges which need to be overcome with new policy designs


Apply here

Who are your hosts?

Tom Salfield

Tom is the co-founder of Wikifactory and has been a thought-leader and entrepreneur within various fields, all to do with socio-economic transformation. He is also a co-founder of the Hub, no known as Impact Hub.

Nicolai Peitersen

Nicolai is the co-founder of Wikifactory and entrepreneur within various fields, all to do with socio-economic transformation. He is the co-author of The Ethical Economy book.

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