About Zoe Romano


Zoe Romano is a craftivist, digital strategist e lecturer focused on social innovation, women in tech, digital fabrication, open design. She graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan, worked for several years in digital communication and tech, developed her social skills as media hacktivist on precarity, material and immaterial labor in the creative industries. She worked for Arduino as digital strategist from 2013 to 2017 and then co-founded WeMake Makerspace in 2014 where she now works full-time on R&D, training and digital social innovation projects. She also teaches in courses around e-textiles and digital fabrication in different contexts.


I live in Milano, where i got my degree in Philosophy at Università Statale and enjoyed my passion for digital culture at the Master in Media Science and Technology at University of Pavia. In the ’00 I’ve been into media activism and political visual art for  10 years, working on precarity, social production, material and immaterial labor in creative and service industries.

I co-developed several projects in the context of the Italian and European post-1999 movement, such as Chainworkers.org, EuroMayDay.org, and the icon of Italian precarious laborers and their struggles, San Precario. In 2005, I was part of the initiators of Serpica Naro media hoax, the fictive fashion designer accepted to the official calendar of Milano Fashion Week. Since then, I’ve been developing the Serpica Naro Collective brand and its non-profit association with several events and initiatives. I’ve been earning my bread working for advertising agencies as copywriter, content manager and social media strategist.

Read more about Serpica Naro:

From February 2013 to 2017 I joined Arduino team to give my contribution on digital strategy and special projects on wearable technology.


In the past  years I started getting interested in digital manufacturing especially regarding the way it could accelerate the process of spreading open-fashion, micro-social-enterprises and p2p economies. I’ve been exploring these topics co-founding two projects: Openwear (2009/2012) and Wefab.it (2010-2012).

I’ve finally co-founded (together with Costantino Bongiorno) a collaborative lab in Milan in 2014 focused on digital fabrication and digital social innovation: WeMake Makerspace and Fablab. Take a look at some cool pics from the lab.

I’m available from freelance projects in Italy and abroad. Interested in working with me? Drop me an email:  Zoe Romano – contact (at) zoeromano.eu


WeMake is an innovative enterprise based in Milan providing a series of services and training to the creative community in the field of digital and traditional manufacturing and access to a fully equipped Fab Lab focused on design and fashion. With its 250sq/mt urban multifunctional factory providing open and membership based access to digital fabrication tools WeMake is clearing the difference between prototype and finished object, fostering the development of a new model of designer-producer (maker) and agile company by facilitating the prototyping phase, the rapid iteration of design solutions, the on-demand production of physical/digital artefacts.

WeMake is a member of the International Fablab Network affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

WeMake has been developing and designing courses, workshops, initiatives and co-design sessions, which boost knowledge exchange and explore new fields of innovation involving the local and global community on different skills and learning processes. We bring together the best practices of informal groups/companies and the most unique techniques in an environment of open exchange by excellent professionals and researchers in diverse fields.


Digicult – Enjoy digital culture

Doppiozero – Rivista culturale

CheFuturo – Lunario dell’innovazione (closed in 2015)


  • Wearables
  • E-textiles
  • Agile Fashion & new business modules
  • Digital fabrication for fashion applications
  • Co-design

Interested in hosting a module? Drop me an email:  Zoe Romano – contact (at) zoeromano.eu





– MakerFaire Vilnius – Empowering diversity with soft electronics and open source design – Vilnius 2019

– Out of Fashion / Agile Fashion towards Manufacturing 4.0 module at Polimoda – Firenze 2019

–  Europadigitale: Inclusione Innovazione / Spazi innovativi di interazione at Meetcenter  – Milano 2019

Focus Olivetti – Panel on social innovators in urban landscape – Torino 2018

MakerFaire Barcelona – Panel on Embedding Digital and Bio Technologies in Fashion – Barcelona 2017

What next for digital social innovation conference at Nesta UK – Chaired a panel on Sustainability and Business models on DSI projects – London 2017

Seoungsu Social Fashion Show –  Seoul (South Korea) 2016

Innovation & Ready MadeManufacturing technologies, new production models and product life cycles – Mons 2015

Wearable FuturesExploring the future of wearables – Ravensbourne  – London 2013

Alternative Fashion Systems –  Lecture at Parsons New School of design – New York 2012

ACRE – Framing a competitive future – The creative and knowledge economy in European cities –  Barcelona 2010

CREAM, International Festival for Arts and Media – Yokohama 2009

UNIFORME – Espace Temporaire – http://www.grutli.ch – Geneva 2009

WinterCamp – Institute of Network Cultures – Amsterdam 2009

– Migrant / Media / Metropolis New Labour Struggle in the global city – Amsterdam 2008 -Migration and media-activists gather with theorists and labour organizers to discuss and share best practices in the fight against precarity and insecure labour conditions.

Schiller Festival – “Utopia Reversed – An Assault on Neurospace” – Weimar 2005 – A two-day meeting about new forms of art and activism hitting the global mind

Hoax is More – Furtive (re)production et Xavier Society for the Blind – Paris 2005

Do u want to get in touch? Drop me an email:  Zoe Romano – contact (at) zoeromano.eu