Maker Faire Rome: Seven topical pavilions and more than 100,000 mq

By on September 17, 2018
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The wait is over. “Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition” returns, with impressive numbers of makers and innovators, new topics, and surprising attractions. Organised by the Rome Chamber of Commerce, Maker Faire Rome is now in its 6th edition. The event will take place from 12 to 14 October 2018 at the Fiera di Roma. With 7 pavilions covering about 100,000 m2 of display areas, Maker Faire Rome will once again be the event where the digital revolution takes shape and the future is revealed; the place in the limelight dedicated to families, children and all those who are passionate about innovation; and, also, the consolidated format for businesses and innovators who use digital culture as a means of dealing with new market challenges.

Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition is an event promoted by the Rome Chamber of Commerce and organized by its special Agency Innova Camera. It is an event of international standing, bringing the best of innovation from all over the world to Rome. Maker Faire Rome is a unique opportunity for visitors to see and test the innovations that will change our lives for the better. For the makers, start-uppers, and businesses, it is an opportunity to make comparisons with established international operations which have chosen the event to launch their products and innovations and for scouting new talent.

The curator of the 6th edition of MFR and co-founder of Arduino, Massimo Banzi, received mention in the “The Economist” as an advocate of the “new industrial revolution” started by the Maker movement. He is assisted by Riccardo Luna, director of AGI, who will once again be collaborating with the Maker Faire and the topic of the circular economy and chairing the Opening Conference. They are supported by Alessandro Ranellucci, executive coordinator of MFR, as well as a qualified team of area managers: Bruno Siciliano (robotics), Paolo Mirabelli (drones), Sara Roversi and Carlo Hausmann (food and agritech), Mauro Spagnolo, and Susanna Albertini (greentech and bioeconomics).

Maker Faire Rome is proof that creativity, work and the force of ideas are capable of generating new production models based on individual initiatives and brilliant projects. For the 6th consecutive year, Rome will once again be a magnet for new economic ideas, content, and models: Just think that more than 1000 projects from 61 different countries replied to the various calls for makers!

There are many current and exciting topics in the sixth edition, as well as several novelties, including an entire pavilion dedicated to the circular economy – an extraordinary summary of the radical social and economic transformation that is quickly changing our lifestyle. This area will display the pathways that have been developed, from companies with a particular vision – and which have for years now abandoned the old “linear” production models – to very recent start-ups which show us how technological innovation in the circular economy way is always a synonym of creativity. The pavilion will include those who transform hemp into bioplastic to print everyday items using 3D technology; produce cloth using waste from dairy production; recycle textile fiber and wool; produce pharmaceutical products from insects; offer solutions for slum clearance using microbe cultures; even a miniature bio-refinery for home use!

There are unmissable novelties, interactive games for young and old alike, and a full schedule of talks in which the main actors in the circular economy will display their innovations to visitors. Eni will have a display area covering about 500 m2, designed by the firm of Carlo Ratti Associati, where a large circular restaurant will be set-up to show the concrete impact on the everyday lives of people of three Eni technologies: the transformation of Solid Urban Waste (FORSU) into a second generation biofuel; production of biodiesel from used cooking oil; and polystyrene recycling for use in the heat insulation sector. After enjoying fried foods or an extracted fruit beverage, the visitors to the restaurant will themselves become “virtuous actors” in the cycle, used in the Eni industrial processes, for the transformation of kitchen waste into new resources.

Other displays include the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence; digital manufacturing; foods of the future and sensor-related topics; smart mobility, recycling and reuse; virtual and augmented reality; health and wellbeing; and science and biotechnology and drones. There will also be a “space” for discussing spaceflight, an area dedicated to the celebration of the Apollo Program, and a preview of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, which will be celebrated in 2019. The main actors in this area are the pioneers who designed and built the first satellites in the San Marco series. The robotics area – handled by Bruno Siciliano, a lecturer in Robotics at Federico II University of Naples and author of the “Handbook of Robotics”, the reference manual for the robotics sector worldwide – increases in importance this year, enriched by display set-ups from all over Europe.


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About Boris Landoni

Boris Landoni is the technical manager of Skilled in the GSM field, embraces the Open Source philosophy and its projects are available to the community.

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