You’ve probably heard about Arduino or about Raspberry Pi. Or maybe one of your children is using one of these open source developments to make their own toys. The Maker movement is about creating and not consuming; about doing it yourself or with others, rather than waiting for someone to do it for you. It's about Bringing maker culture to schools where we can boost creativity and innovation.
European Maker Week can draw on some good examples of bottom-up activity.
The third edition of EU Code Week brought together more than half a million people last year. The next edition will take place this year between 15th and 23rd October.
StartUpEurope week also saw activities take place all over Europe, in the largest ever event of this kind, connecting start-ups and potential startuppers with partners, collaborators and mentors while showcasing new opportunities for business creation, resources or financing. Over 250 volunteering organizations hosted more than 500 events dedicated to start-ups. They reached out to more than 30,000 entrepreneurial mind-sets in Europe. #SEweek16 was also a very visible success on social media, trending in many countries on Twitter and with 21.000 mentions. Thanks to the volunteers of the core team and the nearly 500 volunteers across the EU.
After StartUpEurope Week, local authorities are working more closely with their local start-ups ecosystems. For instance, new regional initiatives for start-ups were launched last week in the Italian cities of Foggia and Pavia, but also in the Spanish region of Extremadura and in Burgos I am sure more will be on the way.
But now, let’s get ready for the next challenge: the European Maker Week, organized by StartUpEurope and Maker Faire Rome.
Are you participating in a FabLab, in a makerspace or in a university lab? Then why not organise a local event in your town?
Maybe you are interested in the maker movement but want to know more? Ask the organisers, they will help you!