There will be so much to say and to look at again this year in the seventh edition of the Maker Faire in Rome, which will be held from 18 to 20 October next in the structure of Faire of Rome. The event, linked to the international brand Maker Faire, born in San Mateo, California in 2006, is the most important national and European meeting in the field of new technologies, inventions and the world of innovation, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Rome.
The themes of the seventh edition
From circular economy, robotics and artificial intelligence to sustainable construction, virtual and augmented reality and much more, for an event that will host about 1600 projects from over 40 countries around the world. Everything will be hosted within an exhibition area of over 100,000 square meters. divided into 6 pavilions that represent a bit ‘the whole world Maker Faire: Re-think, Learn, Create, Discover, Make, Research. This year’s declared objective is to confirm the massive presence recorded in the last two years, where in three days of the fair it was possible to reach and exceed 100,000 visitors, of which only 27,000 came from school groups involved in projects and visits, from all over Italy and abroad.
Curator of the fair, 2019 edition, will be Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the well-known Arduino hardware platform. Alessandro Ranellucci, executive coordinator of all the contents of MFR, will be next to him, while the area managers will be Fabrizio Bernardini (space area), Paolo De Gasperis and Leonardo De Cosmo (EdTech), Carlo Hausmann (food and agritech area), Mauro Spagnolo (circular economy), Valentino Catricalà (art), Paolo Mirabelli (drones area).
Enthusiasm also for the president of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome, Lorenzo Tagliavanti, who said during the conference presenting the seventh edition: “Maker Faire Rome – explains Tagliavanti – is a great platform and a great moment of networking where innovation from above meets innovation from below. A place where technology is within everyone’s reach and interaction is the main feature. The event is also evolving thanks to the fruit of the co-creation work that we are constantly carrying out with companies, professionals and institutions. Maker Faire Rome, more and more, calls around him the academic world, research and industry to create vertical insights and make system doing – concludes Tagliavanti – contamination, dissemination and integration its core. All this is done in Rome also thanks to the role of facilitator played by the Chamber of Commerce, confirming that the capital is the city of innovation, research and talent.
The themes: starting with Maker Faire for the environment
One of the most important topics of the 2019 edition is certainly that of respect for the environment. In particular, the themes of the bioeconomy, greenbuilding and greentech, to which an entire pavilion has already been dedicated last year. Technology and innovation also means preserving our planet, defending it from the abuses that man himself practices on it. That’s why this year’s Maker Faire will be marked by policies such as plastic free and carbon neutral that aim to zero the use of environmentally harmful plastics and CO2 emissions. And if for plastic it will be enough to use recyclable material and invite visitors not to introduce plastic bottles and the like inside the pavilions, for carbon dioxide emissions the solution is in the Bosco Maker Faire. During the opening days of the fair, in fact, thanks to the “zeroCO2” startup, trees will be planted individually marked out with a queue and a georeferencing system.
Not only that. There is also talk of energy efficiency thanks to Green Utility Spa, which since 2008 has installed in the spaces of Fiera di Roma a photovoltaic generator integrated in the roofs, which will provide electricity equal to almost 2 GWh per year with a power of 1.7 MWp, covering virtually 100% of the energy needs of the entire event with clean and renewable energy. Not bad for an event that aims to consolidate the monstrous number of visitors in the last two years: over 100 thousand, of which 25 thousand are students from all over Italy.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
The MF2019 will give increasing importance to the interaction between man and machine. Both robotics and artificial intelligence will be among the main themes of this edition thanks to the collaboration with the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines (I-RIM). An increase that goes from 400 square meters. of space dedicated in 2017 to about 1000 square meters. last year, exceeding 1000 square meters. until this year where the approximately 70 prototypes and projects will occupy the entire pavilion 10 of the fair. It will also be interesting to follow the “RoboCup”, a football tournament in which teams from the University of La Sapienza in Rome and two other universities from Switzerland and Germany will compete. It will be a fight to the last goal between teams composed exclusively of humanoid robots, which will give a complete image of both robotics and artificial intelligence applied to sport.
Art, music and Maker Faire
Among the novelties highlighted is also that relating to the world of art with interactive installations in the project MakerArt, in collaboration with Cultura Italia. Disseminated throughout the fair, these installations aim to engage the public and open to a connection between art and technology. A first step that aims to create new synergies between emerging artists and companies in the technology sector. Finally, there will be music thanks to the presence of Alex Braga, conceptual artist who directed the artistic direction of Evolutional, the first Italian festival that links music to artificial intelligence, which will be held on 19 October at Video Città, in via Guido Reni 7. His project A-Mint (Artificial Music Intelligence) which will feature a piano Yamaha Disklavier and his ability to compose totally automated. On stage, this time in flesh and blood, in a mix of sounds and futuristic automations there will be Boosta, historical keyboardist and founder of Subsonica and Niklas Paschburg, visionary German pianist who is experiencing considerable success thanks to his non-conventional ideas.
Makers for Space
One of the great confirmations of this edition will be the space dedicated to the…Space. A few years ago we returned, and powerfully, in a new race to reach and discover the most remote corners of the Cosmos, bringing together themes such as the colonization of Mars and a new journey to the Moon. The New Space Economy is in the midst of expansion thanks to new impulses from private companies (see Elon Musk’s Tesla, although there are several that are approaching the sector). Makers for Space, managed in collaboration with the British Intgerplanetary Society, aims to offer a wide showcase to projects and ideas related to the aerospace world thanks to the collaboration with Asi, Aeronautica Militare, Inaf, and Università Sapienza, as well as several associations, including the IAU. Just think that it is planned to display a sample of lunar rock offered by NASA, directly from the States.
Projects with schools, universities and research centres
Intense active collaboration with the whole world of institutions and research. In fact, there will be 55 projects with secondary schools from Italy, other European Union countries and three non-EU countries such as Turkey, Canada and Lebanon. The projects, selected through the Call for School in collaboration with Miur, will be joined by 27 others, from ITS throughout Italy, selected by the Ministry of Education and Research.
I mean, there’s plenty of meat to cook. Contests, games, speeches by companies, inventors and much more. This is just the tip of an iceberg that promises sparks and to leave open-mouthed even the most weaned of visionaries, in a series of themed pavilions that will aim to project visitors directly into the future.
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