The European Maker Week is an opportunity for citizens from communities throughout the EU to participate in local activities, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of the Maker Movement. The “Maker Movement” is the name given to the increasing number of people coming from different backgrounds, who are employing do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-other (DIWO) techniques and processes to develop unique technologies and products as well innovative solutions.

European Maker Week (EMW) is also an opportunity to convene key stakeholders in each local community to discuss the role of the Maker Movement in areas such as education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalisation and community-based problem solving. Getting different stakeholders together to talk about the Maker Movement will develop new collaborations, partnerships and initiatives that can help grow this ecosystem in each territory. EMW is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe.

EMW was created last year to encourage, promote, and highlight organizations from around the EU who are working to create more opportunities for more people of all ages to make. Makers are developing new solutions and products for pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts, and design, and enabling individuals to learn new skills in fabrication and manufacturing.

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The Maker Movement represents a new way of allowing people – anyone - to be an entrepreneur, using the right technology even without specific training. Its approach to creativity helps to build bridges between innovators and small and medium-sized enterprises, in turn helping Europe's startups to grow, expand and succeed. I wish the makers of Europe success – and fun.  - Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip