From 12 to 14 October, Rome is hosting once again Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition 4.0, the 4th edition of the largest European event on innovation.
The initiative, organised by Innova Camera, special agency of Rome’s Chamber of Commerce, brings together makers and people passionate about DIY to present their projects and share their knowledge and discoveries. The makers are a growing reality, the “digital artisans” are increasingly prominent figures, not only in the scientific world. They are inventors who, for passion, design and self-produce in their laboratories, named “FabLabs”, mechanic and electronic appliances, open source software, robotic machines, through creative use of technology. The maker Fair Rome is the event which gives them space and visibility by addressing a vast public and trying to bring the entire citizenship closer to the “technological bricolage”.
In past years, the fair recorded more than 110,000 participants, 25,000 of them being students. Indeed, part of the exhibition area is dedicated to schools’ proposals. All national and international EU’s upper secondary schools can apply. There are many themes to which the projects can be inspired, such as: 3D printers, energy and sustainability, automation, science, robotics, recycling, etc. A jury will pick the most innovative youth’s projects, accounting for the way the technology was applied and used, and the sustainability and interactivity of the project presented.
Schools have time until 15 June to submit their innovative ideas. Those selected will have the opportunity to participate to the Fair free-of-charge and they will be given a reserved space to exhibit their works. The participation to the fair of the institutes selected, thorough the call for schools, equals to a recognised activity of the work scheme for schools. The Fair provides students with the opportunity to get personally involved, confront with the most important makers at international level, and share with them ideas and curiosities.