Maker Cities Meetup: Singapore

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Maker Cities Meetup: Singapore

  1. 1. Singapore: City for Makers Maker City Meetup 6 Apr 2014 Shenzhen William Hooi william@sgmakers.com Sunday, 6 April, 14
  2. 2. First Maker Event • First Mini Maker Faire in 2012 • Organized by the Science Centre Singapore in conjunction with the Singapore Science Festival Sunday, 6 April, 14
  3. 3. Meetups • Jan 2013 at HackerspaceSG (25 in attendance) • Feb 2014 at Home- Fix HQ (200 in attendance) (source: Funbiestdios) Sunday, 6 April, 14
  4. 4. Maker-friendly Spaces Sunday, 6 April, 14
  5. 5. What makes Singapore unique? • Bringing back ‘Kampung’ (village) spirit • Using technology to draw out the humanity in all of us (source: SL2) Sunday, 6 April, 14
  6. 6. Some differences.. • Garage culture vs kampung innovation • Top-down vs ground-up community • Open sharing vs ‘kiasu’ mentality (about ideas copied by someone else) Sunday, 6 April, 14
  7. 7. Making in the open (source: SL2) Sunday, 6 April, 14
  8. 8. Ground-up innovators Sunday, 6 April, 14
  9. 9. Hurdles • No full public-access makerspace • Makers perceived as DIY hobbyists • Cost of rental • Restrictions by local authorities • Sticky about IP (source:Techinasia) Sunday, 6 April, 14
  10. 10. What we may be seeing in the next few years.. • Making = hacking • More ground-up hardware start-up • More engagement with policy-makers • Strangers to Makers to Fans to Founders Sunday, 6 April, 14
  11. 11. Thank you! william@sgmakers.com Sunday, 6 April, 14

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