SEOUL, October 20, 2017 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced to hold the “Maker Faire Seoul 2017,” the biggest Maker event in Korea, at Seoul Innovation Park from October 21 to 22, 2017.
The Maker Faire is a festival that celebrates making, invention, creativity and the Maker movement. “Makers,” who build and make items that they need, will display their innovative works and projects at the Maker Faire.
In addition to watching the Makers’ creations, visitors can participate in diverse seminars and workshops where they have an opportunity to directly communicate with the Makers.
The Maker Faire took place for the first time in San Mateo, California, in 2006. Since 2016, this international event has been held in more than 20 cities including New York City, Detroit, Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo and Paris. Especially, the Faire held at the White House in the States in 2014 became a hot issue.
Korea’s Maker Faire has started to be held in 2012, and celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. From last year the creative occasion has been held at Seoul Innovation Park, a social innovation platform where innovators, citizens and various stakeholders gather together, come up with the idea on solution for social issue, experiment and spread it. It opened in 2015 by the SMG.
More than 100 teams of makers are set to show and tell their innovative works during this year’s event. The number of those who pre-registered has exceeded 1,000 and more than 10,000 visitors are expected to visit this year’s event.
The Faire features 3D printing, drones, robots, electric vehicles, DIY carts, musical instruments, smart toys, upcycled items, and so much more about items that combine technologies and arts.
Among others, some of the most eye-catching items include “Desk Factorys,” which is a table-sized plastic recycling device made based on open source technologies, “Makey,” a mascot robot of Maker Faire, and vending machine robots equipped with motors and wheels.
Along with the Maker Faire, the event of Google HackFair 2017 will also take place. It is an interactive event where Makers’ diverse innovative projects that were created using Google technologies are given the opportunity to be featured.
While a drone with a glove controller paid much attention in last year’s Google HackFair, readers for the visually handicapped, face-recognition time system and projects more advanced technologies are used will draw visitors’ interests this year.
The Maker Seoul 2017 is organized by the Seoul Innovation Center, Korean media outlet Bloter & Media, and Groundworks, a contents development start-up.
For more information on the event, you may visit its official Website at makerfaire.co.kr or its Facebook page at bit.ly/2vB6wBe. Tickets can be purchased at the spot.
Seoul Innovation Park is located five-minute walking distance from exit no. 2 of the Bulgwang Station on the subway line 3 or 6.