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Chiang Mai Maker Party at ICCRF 2017

 
Chiang Mai Maker Party – an annual event of ‘Makers’ from both Thailand and oversea organized by Chiang Mai Maker Club; a member of Southeast Asia Makerspace Network (SEAMNet). The objectives of the event are to create a space for meeting, dialogue, knowledge exchange and sharing to create a network of ‘Makers’, encourage and support Makers’ works to get into its related industries and grow together with its creators.

Target audiences:

  • Makers, thinkers, creators combining different things into an innovation or a product either an electronics work, fashion, a wooden or a metal piece of art, or even a certain kind of cuisine
  • Businessmen looking for innovative solutions for certain organization problems
  • Investors looking for innovations for further product development for sales
  • Students looking for a chance to create or becoming a ‘Maker’

2016’s event overview

  • Show & Tell: a showcase of Makers’ works
  • Maker Talk: inspiring talks from experts and ‘Maker Pros’ to share their knowledge and hand-on experiences
  • Activity/Contest: a competition organized for Makers to show their well-rounded skills

Expected Activities

EVENT STATISTICS
  • The previous event was organized during 30-31 January 2016
  • Number of participants: 826 pax
  • Age range: 7-70 years old
  • Show & Tell participants: 40 Booths
  • Foreign participants from: Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Finland, Hong Kong, Laos, and Vietnam

Show & Tell

In this event, we invite Makers from all over Thailand to join in order to build a network and allow them to get to know as well as show their works to one another. The event will also provide a space for knowledge exchange and get certain levels of enthusiasm in the Makers’ circle to create this kind of industry in Thailand.

The event will also offer an opportunity for different interested parties involved in the Maker’s circle to experience and exchange knowledge with one another and get to know each other. They do not have to be a Maker since there will be a lot more than Makers in the event either programmers, businessmen or other public; especially children who come to the event with their parents.

Maker Talk

Maker Talk is a workshop and a talk by experts of different professions to share their useful stories based on their real experiences such as the stories on the Maker’s circle from both Thailand and overseas ranging from product development to the application of IoT in different industries.

The interesting topics of Maker Talk are “Thailand Maker Movement”, “One Maker, One Product”, “Product Design”, “the Use of IoT in Business” and “Iot for Agriculture”, for example.

Activity/Contest

  • Downhill Racing
  • Bot Combat
  • Maze Robot
  • Kids Maker
INTERVIEW

From PANUTAT TEJASEN, MD
The founder of Chiang Mai Maker Club

“In becoming a ‘Maker’, one will have to buy various equipment and tools to ‘make’ it at home and that would no doubt mean a fortune.

To economize and lessen the cost of all the equipment and tools; especially the big ones hardly used, the concept of ‘Maker Space’, was developed as a place where makers are able to rent these tools without investing a fortune to buy one and, of course, to make more inventions.

However, apart from those costs, another obstacle which is always under way of becoming a maker is learning. Inventions, nowadays, are created from different combinations; you need certain electronic and mechanical works as well as different art and design techniques including lathing, cutting and piercing. This wide range of skills and expertise is barely impossible to be found in any individual.

Chiang Mai Maker Club was founded with the philosophy to draw people with different talents together and let them exchange and share knowledge with one another to eventually work together on a single project in which the diverse talents are exploited. This way, 1+1 does not always equal to 2, but the result would be, instead, a multiplication of different abilities. It also allows the parties involved to learn new things in a shorter period of time especially when comparing to doing it on their own.

While the usual education such as university studies incubate us with a specialized and an in-depth knowledge and capability on specific fields, there should be certain mechanics to unite different groups of people from various fields to work together.

When it comes to learning together at a place like Chiang Mai Maker Club, it is unsurprising that the invention created from such a learning session does not sustain. In other word, the invention just breaks down which is different from other personal inventions which are usually well kept and maintained. This also goes together with what our club always says; “there is only two kinds of work here: ‘the work on process’ and ‘the used to be good one”.