With 15 Makerspaces and 5 classroom education focused labs (see the Taipei Maker’s Map for a evolving list), Taipei has a rapidly growing Maker culture, but still maintains a highly traditional educational system.
However, that may be changing. During FAN2, the FabLab Asia Network‘s 2nd week-long conference that cumulated in Maker Faire Taipei, Taiwan’s Premier, Mao Chi-ku, announced that the Maker Movement has become an international trend and launched a three-month “vMaker” (v for victory) innovation competition to take place at the Taiwan Air Force (TAF) innovation base (former site of the ROC Air Force Headquarters).
The ROC government extends full support to the maker movement, as innovation is a major source for future industrial development. To take to DIY is to actualize one’s creativity, Mao noted. – The Executive Yuan
vMaker Launch Party and Snippets of FAN2
Traveling “Fab Trucks” have already been touring the nation’s schools to give students hands-on access to 3D printing equipment. Here’s a bit from FAN2 and the vMaker launch party. Watch for more photos in the upcoming post for the Taipei Maker Faire.