Maker Faire, a DIY hobbyist event first held in the USA some eight years ago has since spawned similar events the world over. Countries as far away China, Japan and Australia have all had their own Maker Faires. And in November 2014, Maker Faire reached Malaysian shores.
To be precise, it was a Mini Maker Faire, which is a smaller version of the event but still, it was a good start. “I would say we achieved our objective, which is to promote the awareness of the Makers movement,” says Bernard Hiew, an event participant and a member of the organizing committee from the Penang Science Cluster, an industry-led grouping that promotes public interest in science.
The idea for bringing the event to Malaysia had its genesis in conversations by members of the Penang Science Cluster. “We were talking about the maker community, and how we think the community in Penang is pretty strong and that we should find a way of bringing different makers together here,” says Chris Kelly, General Manager of Intel’s Malaysia Design Center.
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Penang Mini Maker Faire