As an international network and NGO we aim to create meaningful connections between innovators and have a positive impact on the policies and frameworks for grassroot innovation.

  • GIG enables cooperation and international exchange between innovators and social innovation spaces, in order to support their work and share best practices.
  • GIG supports hub sustainability and peer-capacity development between members.

GIG aims to contribute to the creation and use of open, inclusive and sustainable technologies.  

  • GIG supports the collaborative creation of sustainable development and open, fair and inclusive technologies.
  • GIG supports the international reach and adaption of of sustainable, open technologies for ecological and social innovation, and
  • GIG promotes dialogue and foster exchange on digital rights, inclusion and diversity

Project: #PeaceHackCamp 

The first #PeaceHackCamp took place in South Sudan in December 2015, the second one in Colombia in September 2016 – and PeaceHackMENA is coming up in Egypt in May 2017.
Peace Hack Camps are intensive media literacy and inter-communal peace-building workshops lasting several days. They tap into open source tools and media for their ability to promote collaborative enterprise in learning and innovation, foster mutually beneficial interaction among communities, enable shared ownership and effectively distribute gained knowledge between members of formerly hostile groups.

r0g agency for open culture organized the original #PeaceHackCamp in Juba and invited many fellow GIGers as workshop hosts, trainers and contributors – and at our next Gathering, we decided to make it an annual joint GIG project.

GIG supports research in the field of innovation and development, digital rights and technology ecosystem questions carried out by local experts and international teams.

GIG aims to promote better environments in developing countries as well as in countries that traditionally produce technology to be more sustainable and inclusive. GIG engages in policy dialogues and aims to support community members in lobbying their governments to create policy frameworks that foster innovation and grass-roots technology development.

Project: i4Policy

Within the framework of the OSF supported project, recommendations for innovation-relevant laws and procedures are developed from the perspective of hubs and entrepreneurs. The project takes place in cooperation with the SMART Africa Secretariat, which has committed itself to circulate the recommendations to its member states and to accompany an exchange between policy makers and the authors of the recommendations.

GIG aims to represent members’ interests by acting as an interface between governments, donors and innovation spaces. GIG provides a connection and entry point for partners, encouraging an open dialogue around developing suitable programs and support structures.


GIG is all about connection – and we believe that the best way to connect is to physically meet. So we organize Global Innovation Gatherings as part of various events in the sphere of social and technological innovation. The biggest GIG is happening annually at re:publica in Berlin, where we are not just a conference track and host the makerspace.

See more about GIG event participations on our timeline.

Collaborative Member Projects

Above all, GIG loves initiating and supports collaborations between members and other partners – here are some of the awesome things GIGers do together!


Localized Open Production on a Global Scale – providing systems and tools that connect makers and makerspaces to local markets and manufacturing infrastructure.

MakerNet’s goal is to:

  • Design globally, make locally: Make it possible for anyone, anywhere to share and collaborate on open source product designs
  • Connect makers to markets: Create business models that enable makers and makerspaces to become suppliers to their communities and regions
  • Grow a sustainable Industry 4.0: Develop and support the evolution of sustainable models of production and consumption
3D-printed medical devices


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