The Future of Making: Maker Faire
Maker Faire 2008 in Context
Welcome to the Future of Making! We are on the verge of a transformation of how products are designed, manufactured, and distributed. The entire supply chain is undergoing reinvention and the impact will be felt not only by manufacturers but also by individuals, households, communities, even entire regions. Driven by the need to innovate faster than ever before, green aspirations, and a quest for authenticity, new paradigms for “making things” are emerging. The introduction of cheap 3D printers, the growth of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture, the rise of ad hoc manufacturing, and the popularity of collaborative communities around ideas, designs, and R&D all point to how the future of making may play out.
After a day of immersion in Maker Faire’s community of makers, we helped our Technology Horizons Program members put what they touched, explored, played with, and discovered at the Faire into context. May these videos begin to do the same for you!