Successful Tracks4Crafts Annual Partners Meeting in Amsterdam

The Tracks4Crafts Annual Partners Meeting was held on May 29-30 in Amsterdam, bringing together all consortium representatives for highly productive conversations on the status of the project’s activities. The meeting facilitated collective reflections on strategic future actions, group activities for decision-making processes, and the sharing of knowledge on the work completed so far. Hosted across several venues in the city, the meeting aimed to foster collaboration, discuss progress, and strategize future actions for ongoing projects.

The first day kicked off at 09:00 AM with a brief welcome session by the University of Antwerp, followed by an in-depth discussion on several work packages of the project. This included a presentation of the Craft Ecosystem introduced by the University of Sorbonne. The interactive format allowed participants to explore experiments, analysis, tools, and skills profiles in detail, fostering a collaborative environment.

The afternoon sessions included presentations on various activities that some partners will implement for the project, including the Tracks4Crafts accelerator. The group then proceeded to visit the Pilot Waag at Waag FutureLabs. This visit offered hands-on insights into innovative projects and experiments being conducted, furthering the day's theme of practical application and collaboration.

Day 2 began similarly and paved the way for an engaging workshop on Pilot Cases. Facilitated by WCCE and Waag, this session encouraged participants to delve deep into specific case studies, fostering a collaborative atmosphere for problem-solving and innovation. The meeting then shifted to reflection and review, with a particular emphasis on documentation, dissemination, and output strategy. This comprehensive review ensured that all insights and feedback were systematically integrated into future plans.

Post-lunch, the group visited the project partner MX3D, an Amsterdam-based start-up company that provides flexible, controlled, and certified robotic 3D metal printing solutions, including arts and crafts pieces. This visit provided a unique opportunity to explore cutting-edge 3D printing technology and its applications in the craft ecosystem, highlighting the intersection of tradition and innovation.

The two-day meeting was marked by vibrant discussions, detailed presentations, and practical visits, all aimed at fostering collaboration and innovation among partners. The diverse sessions and networking opportunities left participants with valuable insights and a clear path forward for the project's next phase.

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