The Italian Trade Agency, and Makers Italia, stand at Maker Faire Bay Area (Credit: Becca Henry)

The Italian Trade Agency, and Makers Italia, stand at Maker Faire Bay Area (Credit: Becca Henry)

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Featured at the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area.

We talked to Bart Pascoli — from Makers Italia — about the current state of the Maker Movement in Italy, from Arduino, to electric hybrid motorcycles, to growing plants in space.

Making in Italy didn’t start with the Arduino, nor did it end when the Arduino became the next immigrant to pass through Ellis Island, and production began in New York just a few weeks ago.

However the influence of the Arduino is obviously strong, as a number of the Italian Makers showcased by the Italian Trade Agency at Maker Faire Bay Area made use of the board under the hood.

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Amongst the Makers that were showcased by the agency was Energica, who brought along their all-electric superbike capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds to reach a top speed of 150 mph.

The Energica Ego electric-superbike

The Energica Ego electric-superbike (CREDIT: Energica)

As well as the crowd-drawing motorbike other Makers included the two rather disparate 3D printers. One that printed in chocolate, and the other in ceramics.