15 Fab Labs and 112 Projects Come Together at Maker Faire Lisbon

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This weekend, the Pavilhão do Conhecimento (“Pavilion of Knowledge”) interactive science museum in Lisbon, Portugal, hosts the third annual Maker Faire Lisbon. Last year’s Faire inspired 15,000 attendees to come out and play, learn, and share over the course of the weekend.

The recap video beautifully showcases the playful energy of the Faire and the diverse nature of the projects on display:

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This year, a team of 12 curators selected 127 maker exhibits to participate, spanning an entire spectrum of making.

Here’s the number breakdown:
15 fab labs from across the country, sharing knowledge and hosting workshops
13 high school student projects
99 makers projects, including robotics, gadgets, IoT, 3D printing, interactive art and crafts

The fab labs will be in a dedicated area, joined by other like-minded organizations, creating an environment especially ripe for collaboration. There’s also an extensive array of workshops, 31 to be exact, which cover a wide range of skills and projects. Below is a look at nine of the 127 projects waiting for you in Lisbon this weekend, June 25 and 26.

9 Super Fine Maker Exhibits

FPV Drone Race

Last year, Maker Faire Lisbon started a partnership with Portugal Drone Race, who organizes a drone race championship in Portugal, and this year, one of the championship races will take place on Saturday, June 25, at the Faire. There will be a live streaming from one of the drones on a video wall, so people can see what it looks like to be driving one of these drones.

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CycleHack is a global movement that focuses on bringing people together to discuss and generate solutions to barriers that stop or inhibit people from cycling, “making the world more sustainable through reducing the barriers to cycling.” The Lisbon team will be on site hosting a CycleHack event.

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Para Parachute

Para Parachute is a VR parachute simulator that combines an Oculus Rift and an interactive frame, made by Kevin Derksen and Eward Hage and sponsored by CoolerMaster.

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LUSOSAT develops satellite kits built out of off-the-shelf parts, for use in educational settings. They want to put space exploration within student reach, allowing them to design and build their own experiments and gather real data.


“Wide Open” 3D Print

Designer Luis Carlos made a 3D printer to print a life-sized model of Sonoya Mizuno, the dancer on The Chemical Brothers’ “Wide Open” video. Luis will also bring an InMoov open-source robot.


Beards on Boards

Nuno Vitorino and Ricardo Martins are Beards on Boards, and they manufacture longboard skateboards with unique designs.

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Juan Ángel Medina, a 27-year-old engineer from Jaén, Spain, came up with an idea to turn kids’ drawings into 3D toys and created his own company called Moyupi.



Interactive artist André Sier proves that you can skate with triangular wheels with his Skate.exe project, where the skateboard acts as a joystick to help you glide into infinity.



OutlineGorilla is the brainchild of graphic designer Ricardo Salazar, who will demo a series of art and performance concepts for theater, dance, and performance using a Microsoft Kinect. His Saturday software demo will be especially fun for kids.

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All the information you need to plan your weekend at Maker Faire Lisbon is on the site, and all tickets and workshops are free—you just have to register in advance.

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