Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1000+ maker exhibits and 120,000+ people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.
The Maker movement is relatively new in the world but has been growing exponentially for the last years and reflects an unquestionable tendency: we're living a new period of revolution.
So many barriers have vanished and so many opportunities emerged during the last years, this sparked a huge community that's enabling their talent with the tools, knowledge sharing and materials to which they finally have access to. Thus empowered, they're able to innovate and create almost anything at their homes, garages, labs or small startups.
Portugal is a Maker country, a nation of talented people with the trait of creating the unimaginable with little at hand. Maker Faire Lisbon 2014 is the first event of this kind in our country, bringing together for 3 days more than 70 Portuguese Makers who will demonstrate (and surprise us with) our country's resourcefulness and creativity in a prestigious venue.
The Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva is run by the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, and was created 18 years ago to promote public awareness of science and technology and science education at a national level, with a particular emphasis on young people.
Born as a unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ciência Viva is now an association of public bodies and research institutes developing activities along three complementary streams: science education (schools), public awareness of science (citizens) and a national network of science centres.