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Jean-Marie Durney

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My background¶
I was born Paris and lived in Fontainebleau until the end of my studies.

My studies start with electronics then industrial data processing to finish as a telecom and network engineer.

Then I moved to Annecy in the French Alps and start working In Geneva as an IT specialist

So I worked 15 years as a Telecom engineer and IT specialist in different UN organization like ITU (international telecommunication Union) or WHO (world Health Organization).

Then I had my middle age crisis, trying to move to prostectic research, I discovered by chance the maker movement during some MakerFaire (paris, Roma) Fully Amazed by this movement I decided to follow the fabacademy courses in 2015, I was the only french doing it in France @ La casemate (Fablab in Grenoble) with Jean-michel Molenaar as mentor.

Those 6 months were like Christmas on steroid, I had a smile on my face every day (ok maybe not in June because I was so late on my project), it was a crazy experience. Find Hereby the link to my FabAcademy Repository

I started in this new domain by helping Orange Fondation to deploy the 1st Fablab in Madagascar within an NGO @ Antananarivo. Check what they did 6 months after the opening

I was so amazed by the way those people took the ownership of the FabLab and start to create real usefull stuff or new business, I decided to continue to help deploying fablab in LDC or humanitarian envirronnement. I joined Global Humanitarian Lab which has the same objectif.We installed the first fablab in Ioannina in greece within NGO named Terre des Hommes inside a comunity center for refugees. Unfortunately Headquaters and people on the field do not have the same vision, UNHCR and ICRC don't see a tool in Fablab and we run out of budget. So the idea of FabLab for humanitarian Purposes was spin off to Terre Des Hommes who were the only ones who see the social impact of FabLab. FabLab with Terre Des Hommes

Actual work¶
So now because GHL was created in partnership with the university of Geneva, I kept my FabManager position but now the FabLab is fully dedicated to SDGs under UNIGE supervision and my main task is to support master student in sustenable developpement and human developpement by giving them the opportunity to learn about digital fabrication.

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Passion and drive


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