The World Maker Faire New York is close!
On September 20th and 21st, 2014, New York will host the 8th edition of World Maker Faire. The first edition of this annual event has been in 2006. Everything was and is being possible thanks to makers, to people and to sponsors that believe in the change. The Maker Faire is linked to the Maker Movement, and the last year produced 98 independent Mini and Featured Maker Faires.
However, what really is the Maker Faire?
In one sentence, it is an appointment with the innovation.
But, if we want to think about Maker Faire, we have to take into account three keywords: creativity, innovation, sharing.
- Creativity. People test themselves and their imagination, and they try to go beyond their limits. The most effective way to explain this concept is with the following acronym: DIY (Do-It-Yourself). The makers use daily their creativity to design something new. A maker is somebody who is resourceful and therefore with few things, that he can find during the daily life, he can build something, he can put into practice his creativity.
- Innovation. Help the change. The makers want to innovate the society and they want to help the change. Being a maker means be curious, be a person eager to learn and to apply your own knowledge and skills. The result of this interest are, for instance, new (open source) tools like Arduino, that came from the makers world and that have shaken up how people approach different problems adapting the same resource to fit different needs.
- Sharing. The makers are very optimistic people. The Maker Faire is a great example of sharing of knowledge and experiences. Indeed, the Maker Faire New York is going to host many kind of innovation: from science to art, from hi-tech to hobbies, from engine to craft. In addition, this event gathers many people, of all-ages, that can have a direct contact with the makers.
In conclusion, the World Maker Faire New York can be considered like the greatest worldwide event about innovation and creativity.
The founder of the Maker Movement, Dale Dougherty, said: “I believe we are all makers […] My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place.”