In the Altes Lehngericht, one of the oldest buildings in Augustusburg, the former gastronomy of the dance hall is being reactivated as a makerspace. In addition, exhibition and coworking spaces are being created. A Makerspace for digitalisation in rural areas with a strong connection to artistic formats, textile lab, food lab and garden lab will be developed here. The approach in Augustusburg can already rely on the active involvement of local citizens. In the future, families in particular will not only be able to have fun in nature and visit the impressive castle, but also, for example, make their own individual souvenir.
Initiator: Auf weiter Flur e. V. with Robert Verch & Esther Gerstenberg
In a vacant car dealership in Neukirchen, citizens will cook with top European chefs in 2025, regional specialities will be reinterpreted, and entirely new stories and connections will emerge at the shared table. The vision “NETZ-Werk” of the city of Neukirchen aims at a culinary Makerhub. The idea is closely linked to the strategic orientation as a smart municipality with contemporary digital administrative processes, sustainable mobility and a passion for the regional that does not shy away from thinking outside the box.
Initiator: Sascha Thamm, Mayor of Neukirchen
With the Textile Hub, a “textile” centre of excellence with a focus on knitting and ready-to-wear clothing is to be created in the Esche Museum and thus an interface between research, development, industry, design and production. The “Textile Hub” addresses textile professionals, designers, developers, students, researchers, start-ups and companies and offers opportunities for prototyping, the production of small series, artistic production, networking and exchange as well as presentation.
The jury appreciates the approach because it makes the rich textile heritage in the region tangible. It encourages strong networking with other textile locations in the region in order to develop European appeal and to combine traditional techniques with the latest technologies.
Initiator: Barbara Wiegand-Stempel, Head of Municipal Museums and Gabriele Pabstmann
Since the first Makers Day in Aue 2021 with the presentation of ideas for the Makerhubs, citizens, employees from the administration and entrepreneurs have met in Lößnitz to work together on initial ideas for a Makerhub. The Lößnitz 2025 initiative focuses on promoting young people in the field of future technologies and media skills. Workshop and exchange formats in the Makerhub are to be developed primarily in cooperation with local companies. The initiative’s possible locations are the Alte Post or the industrial annexe at the “Alter Milchhof” on the market.
Initiators: Christof Schulze with the Lößnitz 2025 Initiative, numerous supporters from the community, administration and business community, including the Lößnitz Foundry with Managing Director Max Jankowsky (ambassador of the Ore Mountains).