Almost time for Maker Faire

Eindhoven Maker Faire 2017 will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 September in the Klokgebouw. This year they have partnered with Fablabs, Korein Kinderplein, and various institutes of research and education such as  the TU/e, Fontys (University of Applied Sciences) and Sint Lucas.

More than 200 Makers from the Netherlands and abroad will showcase the latest technological developments in their respective fields. There will be talking robots and drawbots, urban mining, kinetic art, and 3D facial scanning to name but a few. “But let’s not forget about the more traditional crafts like soldering, foam cutting and woodworking”, says René Paré, director of Eindhoven Maker Faire. “Eindhoven Maker Faire has a lot to offer”.

“Encountering all those inspiring and ingenious makers and their wonderful inventions and creations is quite extraordinary,” Paré says. There will be some special guests for this edition of the Maker Faire. Visitors can, among other things, come face-to-face with ‘InMoov’, a life-size, 3D printed French robot; Star Wars fans can meet R2D2’s ‘robot-family’;  and pianist, composer and Lego fanatic, Jeroen van Veen, will reveal the playable piano he built out of 30 000 Lego blocks.

On both days ‘The Crazy Car Parade’ will file through the streets of Strijp-S. The parade’s highlight is a fantastical, Jules Verne-style rocket ship. People are invited to participate in, collectively, building this impressive object from leftover or excess industrial materials. Hugo Vrijdag, known for his work for the Ontdekfabriek, is the artistic coordinator for this ambitious project.

The event’s programme also includes a series of talks and lectures by makers and partners of the Maker Movement. In addition, a 30-hour ‘hackathon’ will give people the opportunity to come up with new ideas, which will be presented to a jury.

The Faire will be open between 11.00 and 18.00. Tickets are available at and range in price from €5,00 to  €10,00. It is free for children under the age of six.

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