SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Around the
world, makers have been rallying, rising up to solve shortages in
medical supplies and equipment, turning makerspaces into
micro-factories, creating self-organized community networks, and
developing clever distribution strategies. At the first Virtually
Maker Faire on May 23,
makers representing 25 countries will share over 350 presentations,
demonstrations, and online project exhibits. Programming
is curated into five tracks: Community Organizing, Learning &
Teaching, Re-Thinking the Future, Design & Production, and
Virtually Maker Faire is a stage for makers to
connect, share, and learn with each other and a broader public,
especially since Maker Faires have been canceled since
the onset of COVID-19. Nonetheless, the community fostered by
Maker Faire has sprung into action, using their skills
and talents to solve for human needs.
"Our greater goal is that more and more people acquire
the skills and the mindset of makers to be capable and productive,
which makes us more resilient as a society," said Dale Dougherty, Founder and President of Make
Community, which produces
Maker Faire and Make: magazine. "By
doing Maker Faire online, we can connect more makers and
reach more people through our event."
Gui Cavalcanti, founder and co-CEO of Open Source Medical
Supplies, will talk about the role of Open Source in the pandemic
and how their group documented the global fabrication of over 7
million units of personal protective equipment, medical and
community supplies. Session information.
Josef Prusa of Prusa Research, a company in
Prague that develops 3D printers,
will talk about the importance of 3D printing in creating PPE in
response to COVID-19. Prusa designed
the Prusa Face Shield, one of the first designs to be
widely replicated on 3D printers around the world. Session
From Italy, hear
from TechForCare: an open-source support platform created for
the pandemic, jointly developed by I-RIM (Institute for Robotics
and Intelligent Machines) and Maker Faire Rome – The
European Edition. Session information.
Sarah Miller of Artisan's Asylum
shows how they are making isolation gowns for Boston-area hospitals. This is a HOW-TO
session meant to help other makerspaces apply the same designs and
processes as those used at Artisan's Asylum. Session
Make: magazine Executive Editor
Mike Senese interviews creators
from Make:'s latest issue featuring "DIY Heroes"
and their response as Makers to COVID-19 in their community.
VentilatorProject.Org, a group of volunteer community members,
refurbished sleep apnea (CPAP)
and BiPAP machines as a critical strategy solution for
hospitals treating patients affected by COVID-19. Session
Learn how makers in China are
working together to fight COVID-19. Organized by x.factory,
a makerspace in Shenzhen, China. Session
Tanzania's Dar Es Salaam
Institute of Technology will present how they created an organic
network of organizations who had access to 3D printers and worked
together to produce PPE. Session information.
Colorado's Maker Response team
will share how to set up a distributed network in your
community. Session information.
Hear from makers in Spain and
learn how they overcame supply chain challenges. Session
Young Maker Ryan Levy shows how
to make Arduino smart glasses with a temperature
sensor. Session information.
Makers in Germany will be
looking to the future, discussing how makers can structure and
prepare for similar crises. Session information.
More information and a complete schedule can be
About Make: Community
Make: Community, producer of Make: magazine and
Maker Faire, has been a catalyst for the global maker movement
that is transforming the ways we learn, earn, and live in the 21st
century. Our mission is to share the know-how of makers and
showcase their projects online, in print, and through live
events such as Maker Faire. Improving collaboration on
projects will expand the capabilities of what people can produce
and what problems they can solve.
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