2018-03-16

European Maker Week is back – 12/19 May 2018

The European Maker Week is back! It takes place between 12 – 19 MAY within 28 Countries. Be part of it!

The European Maker Week is an opportunity for citizens from communities throughout the EU to participate in local activities, celebrating the innovation of the Maker Movement.

The aims of European Maker Week are three folds:

  • To showcase the state of the art of the Maker Movement across European economy and society, and invite citizens to join their local makerspaces and FabLabs and learn about their programs;
  • To create awareness about the importance of the maker culture to foster an education of creativity and innovation in all schools across Europe;
  • To build bridges between local authorities and media and the main players of their own local makers ecosystems.

EMW was created in 2016 to encourage, promote and highlight organisations from around the EU who are working to create more opportunities for people of all ages to be makers. Makers are building themselves keys for the future: 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.

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

EMW is 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. The European Maker Week is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe.

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN DURING EMW?

While the goal of the event is to start a dialogue, the expected outcomes of #EMW18 should stretch well beyond the specific day of each event. While each community will determine the exact outcome of its own EMW, the whole Week will spur the development of partnerships and programs within the maker community in order to have lasting impacts on the different local towns and cities.

During  the European Maker Week will be scheduled:

  • Workshops and informative courses
  • Conferences and talks about innovative maker projects
  • Project exhibitions and shows
  • Meetings with the business  world to stimulate synergies between makers, craftsmen and industry
  • Meetings with local Institutions to promote public policies within: the digital technologies field, the shared manufacturing space and the Hardware Startups.

European Maker Week is also part of the initiatives for “Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition“, a year-long event, which will be held in Rome from the 12th to the 14th of October, expecting 100,000 visitors and with over 650 exhibitors’ from all over the world.

Become a co-organizer of the European Maker Week!

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the European Maker Week taking place all over Europe from 12 to 18 May 2018! Organize an event in your city and help spreading the word about maker movement.

About European Maker Week

The European Maker Week (EMW) is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe. EMW was created two years ago 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. http://www.europeanmakerweek.eu/ | @EUmakerweek ‏

About Startup Europe

The Startup Europe Team works with entrepreneurs connecting them with the European ecosystem where talent, investment and learning can be easily captured. We believe Europe’s growth is going to be determined by savvy startups, and we want to support the growth of these startups. http://www.startupeuropeclub.eu | @startupEU

About Maker Faire Rome

The greatest Maker Faire after the Bay Area. Maker Faire Rome is a celebration of innovation, open to all forms of applied creativity where startups and innovators are invited to participate to show their sense of creative entrepreneurship. It’s an event created to cater to curious participants of all ages, wishing to experience first-hand the makers’ inventions. Inventions that are the result of a desire to solve everyday problems, whether big or small. The watchwords of the Maker Faire Rome are: meeting, exchange, training, entertainment and interaction. At #MFR18 innovation is made available to everyone. http://www.makerfairerome.eu | @MakerFaireRome

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