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Next week, I’ll be heading to Amsterdam to attend the Robodock, a Technology and Arts Festival that runs from September 19-22. Robodock is celebrating its 10th year and I’m really looking forward to it. I expect to see Jarrico Reese of Cyclecide (Bay Area) and Rusty from Hazard Factory (Seattle), among others. If you’re going to be at Robodock, or if you are Dutch maker in the area, email me if you’d like to meet up. I’ve been to Amsterdam several times and seen the usual tourist destinations so I’ll be looking for maker-related destinations.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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