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European Maker Week

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A large part of the Raspberry Pi community identify as makers. We all love to make things – from robots to yarn to pottery to art – and share our creations with others. European Maker Week is a celebration of this rapidly growing community, and it takes place between 30 May and 5 June in 28 countries.

European Maker Week banner: "a celebration of makers and innovators all over Europe"

EMW is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe. Over 80 events are scheduled for the week so there’s plenty to get involved with. And if you’re running a Raspberry Jam that week, you can submit it to the EMW website to be included on the map.

Map showing European Maker Week events in countries across Europe

European Maker Week events

This weekend, Maker Faire UK takes place in Newcastle. Maker Faire Rome, the largest in Europe, takes place in October, and their call for makers opens on 26 April – it’s a great opportunity to show off your latest Raspberry Pi project, or to attend and observe the great hacks on display in the city of Rome. This year a prize of €100,000 is available for the best maker project with the highest social impact.

Banners at the entrance to Maker Faire Rome: "16-18 Ottobre 2015" and "Scopri. Inventa. Crea."


Maker Faire Rome

There are many ways of connecting with the wider maker community. We strongly encourage you to check out a Maker Faire if you get the chance, and if you’re near a hackspace, a maker space, a fab lab or a repair café, you’ll find people there who are happy to share skills and tools. And, of course, there are Raspberry Jams around the world for you to get involved with too, such Raspberry Jam Berlin, Pi and More in Trier, and Rhône Raspberry Jam. A jam doesn’t have to be a huge event, it can be a small gathering – why not think about setting one up? Head over to our Jam page to find out how to get started!

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Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

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Not all the tech fun in the UK happens down near Pi Towers in Cambridge. Here in Scotland, the Mini Maker Faire has been the Edinburgh International Science Festival’s grand finale for four years now. This year’s was the biggest yet, so I headed over to see what was going on. There were plenty of projects using Raspberry Pis, loads of new maker spaces and Jams, and even a mildly terrifying giant robot stalking around the courtyard. I’m sure someone did a headcount of the children at the end, don’t worry.


The first person to spot my neon Pi T-shirt was Tony from Newcastle MakerSpace, promoting the MakerFaire coming up on 23 April and attracting over 10,000 attendees. His mini Pi-powered Pacman arcade cabinet drew a sizeable queue, and his dinky Pi Zero game controllers looked like the ultimate in portable gaming: just plug into a TV and play!

MakLabs are also springing up across Scotland, with the largest meeting in Glasgow. Their showpiece was a Bigtrak-style toy tank with a webcam, controlled by REST and with a Pi acting as a server. While the internet was somewhat patchy in a hundred-year-old former veterinary school, it was still an impressive build.

Aberdeen boasts the 57North hacklab. It was hard to miss their amateur radio station tracker, with a PDP-8 minicomputer for added flashing light goodness. The hulking unit consisted of a Pi, two screens and the open-source XASTIR tracking software, showing the various stations.


The newest Makerspace on the block is in Dundee, Scotland’s gaming capital, so it seemed fitting that a tiny minimalist Pi Zero platform game, using a Pimoroni pHAT, was pride of place. They’re running weekly meetups and hope to set up a Jam in the near future.

Finally, we spotted Robotical, a PhD project now seeking crowdfunding for its adorable walking robots. We watched a tense football match between two bots, controlled by Model B Pis in their back and with micro:bit remote controls to move them. (The red robot won, incidentally. My gaming reflexes aren’t what they used to be.)


It was great to see what the community up here is doing with their Pis, and I’m looking forward to the Edinburgh Raspberry Jam on the 30 April where there will no doubt be even more brilliant projects being demonstrated.

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Let’s warm up for Maker Faire Rome 4th edition!

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Last friday in Rome during the press conference of Maker Faire Rome 4th edition, Riccardo Luna together with Massimo Banzi announced that next October the event is going to become “better, bigger and stronger”.
A new location by Fiera di Roma building will host six pavilions in an area of over 100.000 sq.m. for makers, visitors, conferences, seminars and workshops. The event promoted by the Rome Chamber of Commerce and powered by its Innovation Unit “AssetCamera “ is once more curated by Massimo Banzi, Arduino co-founder, along with Riccardo Luna, Italian Digital Champion.

The topics featured at Maker Faire Rome 2016 are going to be home automation, re-use, drones and robots, 3D printing, digital manufacturing, industry 4.0, IoT – Internet of things, mobility, safety & security, food , fashion, music and especially Food & Nutrition.Together with the Future Food Institute (FFI), trust voted to food and innovation, Maker Faire will focus on the intersection between food and technology and will deepen the relationship between nutrition, health & wellbeing. The “Call 4 Makers” 2016 will open on April 18th and will close on June 5th.

Maker Faire Rome is also looking for amazing project with a “Call for BigBang Projects”  open until March 31st.  The call will consider large-scale, entertaining, high impact, interactive projects. Installations and performances proposals will be welcome, too. The goal is to create the most immersive scenery one could dream of for a Faire of such character.

In the meanwhile take a look at the European Maker Week, an entire week of makers’ events, from May 30th to June 5th,  promoted by The European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe, the event:

aims to draw European citizens to the “Maker world” thanks to the aid of Fablabs, Makerspaces, Hackerspaces and the hardware startups environment. The goals of European Maker Week are two folds: create awareness about the importance of the maker culture to foster an education of creativity and innovation in all schools across Europe; build bridges between local authorities and media and the main players of their own local makers ecosystems. It is of particularly importance to reach out to new players (e.g. Schools) who have never organized a maker event before.



Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire Recap

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Last weekend, we were proud to take part in the first ever Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire. In the United States, pretty much everyone has a Barnes & Noble Booksellers nearby, so it was a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about what we do. We hope that Barnes & Noble can continue to be a meeting place for our community.

I want to thank our volunteers who went to their local B&N to share what they do with Raspberry Pi: Robert, Chris, Jordan, Chad, Don, Kellyn, Ethan, Ron, Dustin, Cody, Taryn, Gavin, Trevor, Chris, Jim, Hal, Rex, and Brent. We’re so fortunate to have such a dedicated community and we are deeply grateful that you’re a part of it.

Here are a few photos from the event, collected from social media:

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Volunteer Pi evangelists for #BNMakerFaire are in the @nytimes this today! More info here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/across-the-united-states-raspberry-jams-at-barnes-noble/ … pic.twitter.com/BXbiNLjD3o

Kids rule circuitry #bnmakerfaire #craftlakecity #makerfaire

“Kids rule circuitry #bnmakerfaire #craftlakecity #makerfaire”

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What a great crowd learning about Raspberry Pi at #BNMakerFaire. Thanks for having us, @BNBuzz and @makerfaire! pic.twitter.com/vXav6hlyRC

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Ready to roll at B&N! @Raspberry_Pi @BNBuzz #RaspberryPi #BNMakerFaire pic.twitter.com/FdRHn3PEtk

Gavin on Twitter

Day 1 so excited! Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire! @Raspberry_Pi @BNBuzz pic.twitter.com/YGzGeMaIKk

Raspberry Pi Jam @ Barnes and Noble Make…

Raspberry Pi Jam @ Barnes and Noble Maker Faire

Javon @ Barnes & Noble Maker Faire @raspberrypifoundation #bnmakerfaire

“Javon @ Barnes & Noble Maker Faire @raspberrypifoundation #bnmakerfaire”

It looks like this year’s Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire could be the first of many. We hope we’ll see you at next year’s event!

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Across the United States: Raspberry Jams at Barnes & Noble

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For our fans in the United States, we’ve joined up with Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Make: Magazine to host Raspberry Jams at a handful of select Barnes & Noble stores on Saturday November 7th at 2pm. It’s all a part of the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire, which runs at all B&N stores November 6th through 8th.

We’ve recruited community members within the United States to host Jams at the key locations listed below, but if you’d like to join in at a different store that’s closer to you, don’t hesitate to contact your store’s Community Relations Manager to let them know you’d like to participate.

Like all other Jams, you’ll find these Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire Jams on our handy Raspberry Jam map:

  • 5604 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA
  • 1217 Caroline Street, Atlanta, GA
  • 5601 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX
  • 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
  • 728 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
  • Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere, OH
  • 9370 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO
  • River Oaks, Houston, TX
  • 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood, TN
  • 33 E 17th St, New York, NY
  • 10509 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA
  • 1780 North Woodland Park Drive, Layton, UT
  • 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax, VA
  • 7620 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC

While you’re there, keep an eye out for The MagPi on the newsstand! You can find more details about The Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire here.

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Thanks to all 100k participants: Maker Faire Rome 2015 was great

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Last weekend we were in Rome to take part to the third edition of Maker Faire Rome. With more than 100.000 participants, the event confirmed itself as the biggest Maker Faire outside of US. We thank you all for visiting our booth and express your support to Arduino.cc community.

On Saturday we had a special announcement to make, Intel and Massimo Banzi were on the main stage presenting the collaboration on the Arduino 101 and Genuino 101:

H98B6385 H98B6567 H98B6575 H98B6610 H98B6653 H98B6208

During the three days makers, designers, kids and parents, and many more visited the Genuino Booth and the Maker Store to see the new Arduino’s sister brand Genuino boards, explore the interactive installations and chat with the Arduino team:

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Massimo Banzi met  many fans and took part to a lot of selfies :

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Browse the gallery of all pictures on Arduino account on Flickr. And see you at Maker Faire Rome 2016!