Last September 26 and 27, inventors and innovators all around the world gathered around the New York Hall of Science at Queens to join at the annual World Maker Faire. Brought to you by the people behind Make: magazine, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. This year, over 145,000 attended the event.
The Maker Faire caters to all. With over 200 presentations, you can find every kind of maker you could imagine: from a group that 3D prints human organs to fashion designers that have clothes that change color. For a maker, its a good opportunity to meet like-minded people and talk about the things you have made or things you plan to make.
The Maker Faire and the Maker movement had grown exponentially over the years. With technology becoming easily available to everyone, a lot of people are being encouraged to innovate. Before, you need a good background in assembly language or C to tinker microcontrollers, but now, you can simple buy an Arduino and watch tutorials to learn how to program them.
For engineers, the rise of new technology is not a convenience, rather a challenge. We need to keep in pace with the new technologies so that we are able to practice our profession. What we might have learned a few years ago would be obsolete today. Thus, it is not enough to learn something in the classroom. Read researches and watch the news, be motivated to learn about new things in your field so that your career in engineering would be worthwhile.
With this in mind, I end my post with a question: what will you make?
More info regarding the Maker Faire can be found here