Interviews at Maker Faire Hannover

Maker Faire Hannover expanded to two days this year, returning to the Congress Centrum for a second year. I did five short interviews with makers at the event.

Christoph Emonds (@cemonds) from Aachen created the smartphone-controlled High Striker with the Makey Robot on top.

Fabian Grupp is a product manager for Fabbster, a German-based 3D printer company.

Karsten Fuhst explains the automatic page-turning bookscanner.

Daniel Kocyba of talks about the Zuri Paperbot, an educational project. Daniel is from Hamburg.

David Bakker is the organizer of the Groningen Mini Maker Faire in the Netherlands. He drove several hours on his motorcycle to check out Maker Faire Hannover.



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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