European Maker Week (May 30 – June 5)
The European Maker Week (May 30 – June 5) is an initiative promoted by the European Commission aimed to draw European citizens to the “Maker World”, FabLab, Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, and the Hardware Startups Environment.
Who are the Makers? A Maker can be defined as the technological hobbyist of the 21st century. They are educators, thinkers, inventors, engineers, authors, artists, students, chefs, web 3.0 artisans. They have a strong passion for technology, design, art, sustainability, alternative business models. They live sharing their interests on online communities, dreaming of inventing self-made products, to live through their own inventions for a more simple and enjoyable future. Their motto is "do it yourself" (DYI) but mainly "do it with others" (DIWO). They are, in fact, an international community present in over 100 countries and share
information and knowledge both through the web and workshops, the so-called "FabLabs" (fabrication laboratory).
Today, Makers are recognized as a true cultural movement with an enormous potential in terms of social and economic development, thanks
to their ability to explore new roads or simply venture forth, creatively, on existing ones.
Why a week of European Maker? The objectives of the week are essentially two. Firstly, to create awareness about the importance of the Maker culture, to foster an education of creativity and innovation in all schools across Europe. Secondly, to build bridges between local authorities, media and the main players of their own local Makers ecosystems.
Curiosity. According to the US Department of Labor, 65% of future jobs don’t exist yet. Versatility in the workforce is becoming more and more an essential quality of our time.
When you give makers the right tools and inspiration, they have the
potential to change the world!