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Press release (12/01/2017)

Maker Faire Vienna 2017: Virtual Reality, 3D-Druck & Co.

DIY festival in Vienna again on May 20/21, 2017

VIENNA/AUSTRIA - Tinkering, building, inventing und experimenting: At Maker Faire Vienna makers, tinkerers and creative minds show their extraordinary projects on May 20/21, 2017 at METAStadt - from cocktail mixing robots to upcycled jewelry from old PC keyboards. The event is as colorful and diverse as the maker movement itself: 3D printing, electronics, art & design, robots and classical handicraft are among the topics on the programme.

Highlights: Virtual Reality, Sustainability und Start-Ups
The main focus this year lies on Virtual Reality, Sustainability und Start-Up services, that will help makers turn their hobby into their profession. On 4.800 m2 makers and visitors will solder, code, hammer, geschraubt, screw and sew at METAStadt, a former factory building, in which steam turbines and dynamos were produced 100 years ago.

At the interface between technology, art, science and handicraft innovative and creative projects are open to the public. In workshops, talks and hands-on stations visitors of all age groups are invited to experiment and try out new things.

Call for Makers until 14/02/2017
Maker, who want to show their projects, share their knowledge in a workshop or give a talk, can register online via our Call for Makers until February 14, 2017. Pre-sale of tickets for visitors will start soon on the webiste of the event.

Maker Faires worldwide
The idea behind Maker Faires was born in the USA: The first Maker Faire took place in the year 2006 in San Mateo, California statt. Today there are more than 150 events in 38 countries. In April 2016 the DIY festival took place in Vienna for the first time. 240 makers presented their projects, in 32 talks and 27 workshops knowledge was shared. A robot band made out of scrap metal and an automatic pancake machine entertained 6.000 visitors.


Press release (20/04/2016)

6.000 visitors at Maker Faire Vienna 2016

On April 16/17, 2016 the first Maker Faire in Vienna took place with about 240 makers, 32 lectures, 27 workshops and 6.000 visitors

VIENNA/AUSTRIA - A robot playing the drums, cookies out of the 3D printer, screen printing with the Laser Cutter - about 240 makers, 32 lectures and 27 workshops expected the visitors of Maker Faire Vienna 2016. The biggest DIY-Festival worldwide came to Vienna for the first time last weekend. On April 16/17, 2016 DIY enthusiasts and creative minds showed their innovative and extraordinary ideas at the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. On the programme: topics like 3D-printing, crafting, drones, elektronics, fashion & wearables, hacking, Internet of Things, art & design, model making, music & sound, Open Source, robots and upcycling. Workshops, lectures nad hands-on stations invited the 6.000 visitors to experiment and try out new things.

In 2017 Maker Faire will come to Vienna again. We will keep you updated via our maker Faire Vienna Newsletter! The festival is greeted with enthusiasm by thousands of visitors worldwide in cities like New York, Rome, Berlin and Tokyo and is presented in Vienna for the first time by a collaboration of the organizations INNOC, Vienna Open, Happylab, Microgiants, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna University of Technology and MAKE Magazin.


Press release (12/04/2016)

DIY festival Maker Faire in Vienna for the first time this weekend

About 240 makers, workshops and lectures at first Maker Faire Vienna on April 16/17, 2016 at the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

VIENNA/AUSTRIA - This weekend about 240 makers present their innovative and extraordinary ideas at the first Maker Faire Vienna. On April 16/17, 2016 numerous workshops, lectures and hands-on stations about topics like 3D-printing, crafting, drones, elektronics, fashion & wearables, hacking, Internet of Things, art & design, model making, music & sound, Open Source, robots and upcycling will take place at the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Visitors are invited to experiment, try out new things and participate.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS OF MAKER FAIRE VIENNA 2016

  • The One Love Machine Band: The robot band, built by German artist Kolja Kugler, consists of a drummer, bassist, flutist and band manager "Sir Elton Junk". It will be one of the highlights in the outdoor area and play concerts on both days.

  • Amalettomat: The amalettomat is an automatic pancake machine, consisting of many recycled parts, electronics and Arduino software.

  • 3D printing: Numerous manufacturers present the latest developments in the field of 3D printing technology. With their innovative projects, makers show how this new technology is used.

  • Focus will also be on the topics Crafting and Upcycling: In workshops visitors can try out various techniques, for example with embroidery or knitting machines.

  • As a family-friendly festival Maker Faire Vienna will also offer an extensive hands-on programme for kids and teenagers: At the WunderWuzzi robotics lab small robots can be built out of toothbrushes and electronic components, in the "Sockenmonster" workshop little stuffed animals are made out of scattered socks.

  • In general the event has the motto "Touching and trying": Visitors can - for example - try out digital fabrication tools like Laser Cutters at the Happylab Pop- Up Fab Lab and produce their own stamps, print tote bags or build electronic music instruments.

Im zweiten Stock der Maker Faire Vienna wurde eine eigene Workshop- und Vortragszone geschaffen, um über Inhalte und Projekte mit einer größeren Gruppe von Gleichgesinnten zu diskutieren. Das Workshop- und Vortragsprogramm wird im Rahmen des ersten Teils des ViennaOpen Festivals 2016 präsentiert. ViennaOpen beschäftigt sich heuer wieder mit Open Design, Architektur und Kollaborationen für Maker.

  • WikiHouse - Homes for people, by people (Sat. 16/04 11:15 Uhr): Zum Auftakt der Maker Faire Vienna wird Stefanie Woznarowycz, eine der Gründerinnen von WikiHouse aus London, einen Vortrag halten. Das WikiHouse ist ein offenes Bausystem für Holzhäuser und steht allen interessierten offen.

  • 12 Years of Open Design (So. 17.04. 14:00 Uhr): Ronen Kadushin wird über 12 Jahre Open Design reflektieren und was sich seit den ersten Tagen des Open Source Designs verändert hat.

  • iFixit - Alltags-Elektronik selbst reparieren, inkl. Live-Demontage des Fairphone 2 (Sa. 16.04. 14:15 Uhr; So. 17.04. 12:15 Uhr): iFixit, vertreten durch Matthias Mayer, wird ein Fairphone zerlegen und auf die Bedeutung einer lebendigen Reparaturkultur hinweisen.

  • DIY auf YouTube - Wie Maker mit Onlinevideos Geld verdienen (So. 15:00 Uhr): Johanna Zhou, eine Pionierin in der DIY Selbstvermarktung auf Youtube, zeigt ihre Tricks und gibt Tipps für einen erfolgreichen Youtube Channel.

  • Open Innovation: design of collaborative Prozesses (Sa. 16.04. 13:00 Uhr): Zum Thema "MetaDesign - tools for designing" wird Massimo Menichinelli (Co-Organisator des Designschwerpunktes am Open Knowledge Festival) seine Erfahrungen zum ersten Mal einer breiten Öffentlichkeit in Österreich präsentieren.

  • Aus der heimischen Produktion werden Happylab und Otelo über ihre Erfahrungen mit dem Betrieb eines FabLabs und über die Gründung der Otelo-Genossenschaft berichten.

Ein Augenmerk bei der Maker Faire Vienna liegt auch auf dem Thema Gender und Diversität. Durch die Kooperation mit der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien werden Vielfalt, individuelle Verschiedenheiten und Genderaspekte von Maker-Gemeinschaften unterstützt. Ausgewählte Workshops und Vorträge behandeln diese Themenstellungen.

  • Feminist Hackerspaces (Sa. 16.04. 13:15 Uhr): Stefanie Wuschitz arbeitet an der Schnittstelle zwischen Forschung, Kunst und Technologie und spricht in ihrem Vortrag auf der Maker Faire Vienna über feministische Hackerspaces.

  • Work your network (Vortrag Sa. 16.04. 15:30 Uhr; Workshop So. 14:00 Uhr): Katharina Brandl & Therese Kaiser, Geschäftsführerinnen der Diversity Agentur "kathe", Obfrauen des Frauennetzwerkes Sorority und des "Business Riot Festivals", liefern einen Input zum Thema nachhaltiges und sinnvolles Netzwerken.

Die Maker Faire, das größte DIY-Festival der Welt, sorgt weltweit in Städten wie New York, Rom, Berlin und Tokio bei tausenden BesucherInnen für Begeisterung und wird in Wien erstmals durch eine Zusammenarbeit der Trägerorganisationen INNOC, Vienna Open, Happylab, Microgiants, der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, der Technischen Universität Wien und dem MAKE Magazin veranstaltet. Die heimische Maker-Szene ist für die Kreativwirtschaft und die Kunst- und Kulturszene von großer Bedeutung: Im Zentrum der Veranstaltung steht die Vielfalt von Open Innovation, der Austausch von Ideen, das Teilen oder Sharen von Ressourcen und die Möglichkeit einer offenen Zusammenarbeit.


Press release (31/03/2016)

Maker Faire takes place for the first time in Vienna on April 16/17, 2016

More than 200 makers present their innovative ideas and projects to the general public and invite visitors to participate in workshops and lectures

VIENNA/AUSTRIA - Maker Faire, the biggest DIY festival worldwide, comes to Austria for the first time in April 2016. On April 16/17, 2016 around 240 DIY enthusiasts, creative minds and tinkerers present their innovative and extraordinary ideas about topics like 3D-printing, crafting, drones, elektronics, fashion & wearables, hacking, Internet of Things, art & design, model making, music & sound, Open Source, robots and upcycling at the first Maker Faire Vienna in the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

In numerous hands-on stations, workshops and lectures visitors are invited to experiment, try out new things and participate. The festival is greeted with enthusiasm by thousands of visitors worldwide in cities like New York, Rome, Berlin and Tokyo and is presented in Vienna for the first time by a collaboration of the organizations INNOC, Vienna Open, Happylab, Microgiants, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna University of Technology and MAKE Magazin.

The local maker scene is of great importance for creative industries and the art and culture scene: The event focuses on the diversity of Open Innovation, the exchange of ideas, sharing of ressources and the possibilites of an open collaboration.

Highlights und thematic focus

One of the highlights at this year's Maker Faire Vienna is "The One Love Machine Band", a robot band made out of scrap metal by Berlin artist Kolja Kugler. The band will play concerts on both days of the event. As a family-friendly festival Maker Faire also wants to fascinate kids and teenagers with an extensive hands-on program, like classic handicraft workshops or hands-on stations, where robots can be built out of tooth brushes and a few electronic components. Visitors can expect a mix of modern technologies, design and classical handicraft.

On the first floor of Maker Faire Vienna a workshop and lecture zone was created to discuss about contents and projects with a bigger group of like-minded people. The workshop and lecture program will be presented by the first part of ViennaOpen Festivals 2016. This year ViennaOpen deals again with topics like Open Design, architecture and collaborations for makers. On both days of the event local and international speakers will hold lectures about various topics, among them Stefanie Woznarowycz, one of the founders of WikiHouse from London. WikiHouse is an open building system for wood buildings that is open for everyone interested.

Maker Faire Vienna also turns its attention to the topics gender and diversity. Through the collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna diversity, individual differences and gender aspects of maker communities are supported. Selected workshops and lectures deal with these topics.


Press release (12/11/2015)

Call for Makers! Registration for Maker Faire Vienna starts

DIY enthusiasts and tinkerers can present their ideas and projects at the first Maker Faire Vienna

VIENNA/AUSTRIA - Makers wanted! The biggest DIY festival, the Maker Faire, comes to Austria for the first time in April 2016. DIY enthusiasts, creative minds and tinkerers can become a part of the event with their extraordinary ideas and register themselves online as exhibitors. Makers can present their projects at a maker booth and also sell their self-made products. In addition workshops and lectures about various topics can be held.

The festival gives makers an ideal forum where they can present their projects to the general public and get direct feedback. There are hardly any limitations regarding the topics. Besides 3D printing, Bio-Hacking, drones, electronics, robots and wearables the focus lies on crafting, art & design, model making and upcycling among other topics.

Maker Faire comes to Austria for the first time on April 16/17, 2016
Maker Faire Vienna takes place on April 16/17, 2016 at the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The festival is greeted with enthusiasm by thousands of visitors worldwide in cities like New York, Rome, Berlin and Tokyo and is brought to Vienna for the first time by the Austrian Society for Innovative Computer Sciences (INNOC), Happylab, Microgiants and MAKE Magazin.

"The event is for everyone who wants to get inspired or try out new things. You don't have to be a technology freak to have fun at Maker Faire", organizers Karim Jafarmadar and Roland Stelzer (INNOC) say. As a family-friendly festival Maker Faire particularly wants to fascinate kids and teenagers with an extensive hands-on program. Pre-sale for visitor tickets will start soon.


Press release (15/10/2015)

Maker Faire comes to Austria for the first time in 2016

DIY enthusiasts, creative minds and tinkerers meet in April 2016 at the first Maker Faire Vienna

VIENNA/AUSTRIA - Maker Faire, world's biggest DIY festival, comes to Austria for the first time in April 2016. From 16th to 17th April DIY enthusiasts, creative minds and tinkerers present their extraordinary ideas at the first Maker Faire Vienna at the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The festival is greeted with enthusiasm by thousands of visitors worldwide and is brought to Vienna for the first time by the Austrian Society for Innovative Computer Sciences (INNOC), Happylab, Microgiants and MAKE Magazin.

Trying out new things, playing with technology, experimenting, tinkering, exploring, inventing: Maker Faire is all in one - a showcase, a community venue, and a knowledge platform. „Touching and trying“ will be to the fore: In addition to a maker exhibition, lectures and workshops will be held that animate the visitors to participate. As a family-friendly festival Maker Faire particularly wants to fascinate kids and teenagers with an extensive hands-on program.

Maker Faire is not only about technology, but also about inspiring and fascinating projects from various fields: In addition to electronics, 3D printing and robots also handcraft will be on the agenda. "The event is for everyone who wants to get inspired or try out new things. You don't have to be a technology freak to have fun at Maker Faire", organizers Karim Jafarmadar and Roland Stelzer (INNOC) say. Around the world over 130 Maker Faires take place annually in cities like New York, Rome, Berlin and Tokyo.

Call for Makers opens soon!
Interested makers who want to present their projects at a maker booth or organize a workshop can register for the event soon via the Call for Makers. Also the pre-sale for visitor tickets will start shortly. On the Maker Faire Vienna website and newsletter informations will be published regularly within the next few weeks.

Press contact

Leyla Jafarmadar
presse@makerfairevienna.com
Tel.: +43 1 3084666-31

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