It’s a Wrap!
Thanks New York — See You Next Year
Maker Faire Oslo January 18 – 19, 2014
The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
One of the most fascinating (to me) aspects of the Maker Pro movement are the expatriates who have moved closer to the manufacturing zones. Take bunnie Huang of chibitronics, which is based in Singapore. Bunnie gave a talk on the Make: Live stage at Maker Faire New York 2013, where he described his experience with finding factories in Shenzhen to manufacture products he developed.
With 70+ makers and more than 5,000 visitors at last month's Twente mini Maker Faire, the event wasn't so mini. The fair was housed in a refurbished factory hall which besides a massive space for events house a large number of creative start-up companies. Fortunately the location (Creatieve Fabriek) and production crew were up to the task, so, although busy and bustling with activity, the event turned out to be quite relaxed.
There’s something about cardboard that inspires creativity in people of all ages. I enjoyed seeing the many ways cardboard was used at Maker Faire this year, from DIY.org's Cardboard Village to the delightful walking cardboard sculptures by Kinetic Creatures. You can get your very own Kinetic Creature kit in the Maker Shed — it makes a lovely holiday gift!
To understand why Mason Peck, NASA's chief technologist, was at World Maker Faire New York 2013 (his second Maker Faire), just look and listen to the level of activity behind him in the video above: that energy and enthusiasm is what Peck, and NASA, wants to capture for the US space program.