Make:cast – To Maker Faire Rome with Love

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Make:cast – To Maker Faire Rome with Love

Italians have a love of innovation and design and it shows at Maker Faire Rome.  In this episode of Make:Cast, I look back at Maker Faire Rome in October 2019 during the pre-Covid time when live events happened.  I was guided through the exhibit halls by Alessandro Ranellucci, the curator of Maker Faire Rome, along with Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino.  Maker Faire Rome is happening as a virtual event at this year.

“People seek solutions to problems, but they also value a lot what they learn while reaching that solution. They find out that they are happy when they made something and eventually they even create business models on top of that.” — Alessandro Ranelucci.

“Italy has a very deep culture in innovation. It is 2000 years or so we are innovating continuously. When it became more difficult, we innovate more. Normally. So I think in our culture, innovating and instruments to innovate are in our DNA.” – Valerio Focante.


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In this episode, I talk with:

  • Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino and co-curator of Maker Faire Rome.
  • Alessandro Ranellucci, curator of Maker Faire Rome and the developer of Slicr.
  • Valentino Catricalà, the curator of Maker Art and a contemporary art curator.
  • Andrea Belli, inventor of a wheelchair that can climb stairs
  • Jessica Cobb of Mission Control Lab from Chicago but living now in Utrecht
  • Amleto Picerno Ceraso, an architect, with the Center for Digital Artisans, Salerno
  • Nicole Ferrara, artist, Center for Digital Artisans, Salerno
  • Robert Fitzsimmons, Huge LEDs, from Dublin, Ireland.
  • Loic de Buck, founder of Industrino, from Belgium but living in China
  • Joan Nadal, an eco-designer and developer of e3bot, a cardboard robot.
  • Valerio Focante, a businessman from Rome.
Maker Faire Rome 2020
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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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