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Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition 2018: All Calls Are Open!
After the success of the past edition, the largest European event on innovation organised by the Rome Chamber of Commerce through its Special Agency Innova Camera returns to the Fiera di Roma from 12 to 14 October 2018 for the Sixth edition.
Maker Faire Rome is the event in which the digital revolution that is changing the way in which we produce and the way in which we live can be experienced. It is the ideal place for companies and innovators which use the new digital culture as a tool to challenge the market. Over a period of a few years, the event has become a vital reference point for start uppers, digital artisans, business people and other and can boast figures that are constantly increasing.
THE MAIN TOPICS OF THE SIXTH EDITION
The main topics of the 2018 edition are numerous, current and involving: Iot and Electronic Industry, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, Smart Robotics and Smart Manufacturing, Intelligent Mobility, Design, Coding and Education.
All calls are open for the sixth edition of the “Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition”.
The Call for Makers
The Call for Makers, technology enthusiasts, educators, thinkers, inventors, engineers, authors, artists, chefs, artisans, designers, farmers, researchers, start uppers, in other words all those who create and amaze with the strength of their ideas, is open. Makers are the people with a strong innovative approach who create products to bring our society closer t simpler future within everyone’s reach. We are looking for projects ranging from electronics to food and agriculture, robotics and machines, health and the quality of life, art, design, craft, interaction and gaming. The projects concerning health and disability will be in the running for the Make to Care award (www.maketocare.it). The contest, launched in 2016 by our partnet Sanofi Genzyme – specialty care division of Sanofi – has seen an increasing number of candidates involved (more than 40 in 2016 and more than 60 in 2017).
The projects selected will participate in the Maker Faire 2018 free of charge. All useful information on the Call for Makers are available on the link https://2018.makerfairerome.eu/it/call-for-makers/.
The Call for Schools
The Call for Schools opened on 7 March and will close on 15 June; the call was created in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research to promote innovative projects thought up in schools and is aimed at national secondary schools and those in the European Union.
A jury of experts will select the best ideas, which will be on display at the Fiera di Roma during the Maker Faire Rome 2018- The projects will each have their own free display area in an area dedicated to schools. Participating in the Maker Faire Rome means major visibility, numerous contacts, cultural enrichment and also a lot of fun. All of the projects selected will be unveiled to the public, described and relaunched in daily newspapers and on radio and television. This will ensure that space is given to the creativity of youngsters and also valorise the constant commitment and dedication of all the teachers who contribute daily to bringing out the skills and qualities of their students through innovative initiatives, projects and teaching programmes.
There is an important novelty this year: for the schools selected through the Call for Schools, participation in MFR18 will also be valid as a recognised activity in the Alternating School and Work curriculum.
The 2018 edition of MFR will also focus on the topic of Education, with specific regard to the training of teachers on the technologies of Industry 4.0 and digital technologies in general.
To submit candidatures and consult the regulations (with specific indications on travel and accommodation expenses for the schools selected), see the website: https://2018.makerfairerome.eu/it/call-for-schools-it/
The Call for Universities and Research Institutes
The objective of the “Call for Universities and Research Institutes 2018” is to put innovation in the spotlight, by spreading the digital culture and the development of individual and collective businesses, displaying the best projects by State Universities and public Research Institutes at the Maker Faire Rome. A qualified jury will select the most innovative ideas and all of the projects chosen will be valorised by the media and brought to the awareness of potential financers and venture capitalists.
The call https://2018.makerfairerome.eu/it/call-for-universities-and-research-institutes is open until 15 June.
Waiting for Maker Faire Rome
Maker Faire Rome is an event preceded by may “topical” initiatives during the course of the year. Some of these are:
- FinTech Innovation (2-3 May, Parco della Musica Auditorium, free entrance), two days to increase awareness on the main technological innovations in the finance sector for microbusinesses, freelance professionals, small and medium businesses, large businesses, Public Administrations, banks and other financial operators.
- Data Driven Innovation (18-19 May at Roma Tre University): not a classical conference on the world of Data Science, but a full immersion on the innovative aspects of data in all sectors of society and the economy. In an increasingly digital society, in which everyone is a producer and consumer (at times even unaware) of data, DDI is the place where specialists on the topic meet exponents of other areas of society to explain in simple terms what is done with Big Data and where it will be discussed how the culture of data is changing our society and our economy.
- European Maker Week (12-19 May): for spreading the maker culture and awareness of the movement, through the realisation of events throughout the 28 countries in the EU. The third edition of the European Maker Week is promoted by the DG Connect of the European Commission and organised by Innova Camera (through the Maker Faire Rome brand) in collaboration with Startup Europe. More than 160 events were organised and realised in 2017 (https://europeanmakerweek.eu).