More From Make: Tokyo Meeting 02

More From Make: Tokyo Meeting 02

Following up on the previous post covering Make: Tokyo Meeting 02, here are more photos and info from this event. This time there were over 60 presenters and over 1,200 people in attendance (twice as many makers and guests as the first Make: Tokyo Meeting). This time the meeting featured makers from Tokyo and beyond, showing a growth in the event as well as the DIY community that Make: Japan seeks to bring together.

The Make: Tokyo meetings, although in their early stages, are quickly becoming one of the premiere arenas for makers in Japan to display their creations. Because there are relatively few other arenas for makers to display their work in a large, interactive setting, it will no doubt continue to be an attraction for creative people in Japan and beyond.

The event was kicked off with an opening speech by sci-fi novelist H. Nojiri on the future of DIY. Throughout the day there were a total of 18 presentations at ~20 minutes each, as well as full-on workshops on Arduino, electronics for crafters (using Craft’s Fashioning Technology book), and LED Throwies, as well as many other mini-workshops conducted at the maker booths. MTM 02 also featured a Making Things Talk publication panel discussion by Shigeru Kobayashi, A. Kubota, and Takumi Funada. This panel coincided with the very recent publication of the Japanese translation of Making Things Talk. Appropriately, the event showcased a lot of work by students from site hosts Tama Art University, IAMAS, etc. who utilized physical computing technology such as Arduino and Gainer in their projects.

This Make Meeting also saw the presence of more craft-related makers.
“Don’t sit on me!”
The Teslasizer (Tesla Coil + Synthesizer), made by high school student Hidehito Kikuchi.

The event also featured the Nico_TECH community, self-described “hard-core otaku” who are users of the Nico-Nico Douga video sharing site. This group is made up of professional engineers and researchers who produce various works based on anime and manga characters.
Thermography Sweater.
(All of the above photos via flickr user turky.)

Here’s more from PingMag’s write-up on MTM 02:

You’re surely familiar if not an ardent devotee of MAKE, the techie magazine by O’Reilly publishing founded by a certain Tim O’Reilly. Just as in a TV program for kids, this fabulous mag teaches how to make practical things from daily items and used appliances — but with geeky tools and sometimes pretty wacky results! In early November chill, the Japanese issue of MAKE hosted the MAKE: Tokyo Meeting 02 at Tama Art University where over 1,200 folks gathered to show their rad inventions. PingMag went for a stroll to report on robotic heads, a Speed Cabling Contest or a wi-fi module that turns your iPhone into kind of a Wii remote!

Most importantly, the colorful characters pictured in my previous post have been identified:

We entered the large hall and started strolling around just to stop to watch the comedy performance by Bye-bye World, a group of three students from Keio University’s Institute for Advanced Biosciences and Hosei University’s polytechnic school. “Bye-bye World” revolves around the idea of using technology as a weapon against a muscle-bound crime boss seeking world domination. Of course!


A brigade of leek-waving vixens, made by Nico-TECH.

PingMag’s closing statement is quite nice:

When visiting Shibuya Shugeibu’s crafting booth at the end, we realised once again that this event was all about bringing people together who love making things. Feel inspired? Come on and start making your own techy devices! And be sure to make it to the next MAKE: Tokyo Meeting 03!

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