Labs at Schmiede22

Step by step we are approaching the 20th Schmiede.

Next: the labs of Schmiede22, we will post in the days to come.

Schmiede22: Sündenbock
September 14th – 24th
Application till May 31st.

Labs at Schmiede:

Schmiede the playground of ideas for peer2peer learning and prototyping is organised into labs.  Like everything at Schmiede labs are autonomous. To be more precise: Labs are focused Schmiedes within Schmiede with certain process stepping stones.  Yes you could do a lab on spot whenever. However for Schmiede to provide support we need to talk ahead of time, before May.

Labs at Schmiede are gathering points and islands of interest within Schmiede, bridging projects, labs and Smiths. A Lab can focus on anything of intereset to you, the lab leaders. Smiths with an understanding or strong focus on the content in question take action to create more. By creating a lab at Schmiede you open the door to bring together peers and support each other and your interest.

LabLeaders are Smiths Smiths can talk to if they need direction on how to approach a challenge or who to talk to with connection with the lab.

Depending on external partnerships and funds, labs can vary in size, services and complexity. Schmiede itself provides space and infrastructure at Schmiede and supports communications leading up to Schmiede.

There are labs that focus on a niche, interest or skill set. Another version is a project focused lab, which acts more like an open project development group or think/do tank. We assume there are many more possible versions.

LabLeaders do not have the obligation to solve or work on others’ problems or projects but should direct them to Smiths who can help. Honoring SchmiedeRuleOne: The autonomy of Smith must not be undermined.

LabLeaders’ priority is to create value for themselves and only as a secondary consideration for Schmiede.  Our point of view: The better a lab works for the LabLeaders the better it is for Schmiede. The better Schmiede is the better are the participating Smiths and the emerging labs.

Schmiede provides for Labs:
# feature by Schmiede
# defined space at Schmiede
# supports communications leading up to Schmiede
# supports visibility leading up to Schmiede
# supports finding financial as well as infrastructural partners for labs

What Schmiede needs from the LabLeaders:
# One LabLeader needs to be the primary contact person for the SchmiedeCoreTeam.
# Lab documentation (Format will depend on the lab, we will talk, don’t worry).
This is more for the development of the Lab than for Schmiede, as we document the general process autonomously as well. However Lab documentations are very welcome and help the SchmiedeCoreTeam to understand Schmiede better.

On day two of Schmiede we will host open LabPresentations.
Every Lab has the possibility to present themselves and their focus.

# LabLeaders intro meeting (probably on day one in the morning).
# LabLeader feedback form and feedback meeting (probably via skype).

How to do a lab at Schmiede:

# Step one:
A LabLeader needs a good understanding of  the SchmiedeContext.
LabLeaders should be returning Smiths.

# Step two:
Official labs at Schmiede must be accorded with Rüdiger, the early the better, and featured by Schmiede no later than May 20th (for visibility in the current SchmiedeApplicationProcess). It is the duty of the LabLeaders to provide the necessary materials to the SchmiedeCoreTeam in a timely manner (before May 10th).

# Step three:
In order to “support finding financial as well as infrastructural partners for labs” we advice for early communications with Rüdiger. (Fall/Winter, no later than February).

Depending on external partnerships, funds and motivation, labs can vary in size, services and complexity.
For example: Talks, Workshops etc are welcome, however Schmiede’s budget cannot financially support the initiative. So they can be held on a goodwill basis, ask a fee from workshop participants or have a financing partner. Schmiede is happy to facilitate and support the quest for this partner, however the initiative must come from the LabLeaders. These LabPartners can then be featured online as well as in our print program.


Everyone needs to apply in order to participate at Schmiede.
Everyone needs to pay the application processing fee.
LabLeaders can bill Schmiede 150€ (incl. tax) each as a refund.
There can be up to three LabLeaders per SmithLab.


SchmiedeApplication – deadline May 31st

Lab at Schmiede:
Labs at Schmiede21
Labs at Schmiede20
Labs at Schmiede19
Labs at Schmiede18
Labs at Schmiede17
Labs at Schmiede16
Labs at Schmiede before 2016

Questions about SchmiedeLabs?
Contact us – Office AT schmiede DOT ca

pic from Schmiede21: Meme War Lab more on Schmiede’s insta