One of the most densely populated countries in the world, the small island nation of Taiwan is home to roughly 24 million people, a growing number of which are joining the Maker Movement. And with their prowess in innovation and creativity, it’s no surprise. In 2013, Maker Faire Taipei debuted, drawing a crowd of 10,000. In 2014, that number doubled to 20,000. Last year, the community came out in full force to show their support, with an impressive 70,000 attendees. This year’s Faire, taking place on May 7 and 8 at the National Taiwan Science Education Center, is on track to be even bigger.
The event is co-produced by Make: Taiwan, who publishes Chinese-language versions of Make: magazine, like the latest one, shown below.
Brian Song of Make: Taiwan shared some images and select highlights from last year’s Maker Faire Taiwan:
There were several competitions: robot combat, robot soccer, drone obstacle course. There were dozens of new local companies introducing 3D printers. MediaTek, a leader in semiconductor design solution, was a major sponsor at the Faire and introduced their LinkIt One controller board for IoT projects and prototyping. Students from the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Technology made an Iron Man costume suit with lighted chest plate and lighted hand armor. There was also Hello Maker, a group of young makers who have created a robot education group to educate young kids about robots. At the Faire, they displayed various creation of their young students and will be exhibiting at this year’s Faire as well.
Here is a visual sampling of a few of the projects and sights you can expect to see at Maker Faire Taiwan this weekend:
TKU Cilab will bring their fun musical instruments:
Fablab Taipei is also going to be showing off their larger-than-life robot exoskeleton suit:
The 3D hologram magic stove will be there:
And that’s just a small sampling of the exhibits, workshops, presentations, and fun that awaits at the fourth annual Maker Faire Taipei this weekend. Head to the site for all the information you need to attend!