as a collaboration between the Grassroots Invention Group and the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Media Lab in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a grant from the National Science Foundation
Vigyan Ashram in India was the first fab lab to be set up outside MIT. It is established in 2002 and received capital equipment by NSF-USA and IITK
As of November 2019, there existed 1830 Fab Labs in the world in total.Currently there are Fab Labs on every continent except Antarctica.
Simone Amber is the co-founder of Fab Lab Connect- to Build, Accelerate & Connect Fab Labs as well as to bring resources to projects from the Fab Lab community in order to take them to the next level. She joined the Fab Foundation board when it was created in 2009 by MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld
Nader Shaterian is the Co-Founder of Fab Lab Connect and Founder/CEO of NPOST Media Group. Advisor and Mentor for Venture Capital Projects in Europe and the United States for Social Good, Art and Education.