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Things to do in May, if you are a maker

There are some packed weeks ahead for followers of the DIY movement and for makers and fabbers. In addition to the event with Neil Gershenfeld in Rome on 24 May, there are numerous opportunities to come into direct contact with the new industrial revolution. Below, you’ll find details of all the European events not to be missed this month, including workshops, events and festivals.



A whole week dedicated to art, architecture, design and events: the Florence Design Week will invade the streets of the Tuscan capital from top to bottom. There’s simply too much to mention: browse the programme of events and let us know what interesting things you’ve come across.
Where: Florence, Italy
When: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 May

Innovation reaches Puglia with three days entirely dedicated to the future of creativity in all its forms. It’s the Festival dell’Innovazione, being held this year for the third time. Have a look at the Makers’ Zone.
Where: Bari, Italy
When: 22, 23, 24 May

Conferences, workshops and performances are transforming the Toulouse Hacker Space Factory into a 360°event on DIY and hacktivism. Have a good look through the programme and choose the events for you.
Where: Toulouse, France
When: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 May

This is the ideal workshop for all those children who want to turn a bunch of bananas in an electronic piano. At Fabschool Kids, you can create all this and more using the MakeyMakey creative kit and a good dose of imagination.
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
When: 22 May

The latest of the monthly Popup Makers events: creative people of all types get up on stage and present their ideas in 10 minutes. The rest of the time is given over to having a nice chat with the audience.
Where: Milan, Italy
When: 22 May

Neil Gershenfeld, founder of the Center for Bits and Atoms is meeting up with Italian makers at the Roman Aquarium. Massimo Banzi and Riccardo Luna will also be there at the Atoms, Bits & People event. Hurry and book your seat. It’s free!
Where: Rome, Italy
When: 24 May

If you liked the FabLab Florence workshops at the International Handicrafts Trade Fair, this is a good opportunity to do all again. This second Popup FabLab workshop will find you getting to grips with Goldberg machines.
Where: Firenze, Italy
When: 24, 25, 26 May

The American Embassy in Italy is organising a contest in collaboration with Kentstrapper. The theme is “printing ideas” and anyone can take part by sending a detailed 3D model or a simple concept. The best entries will be made for real ready for the Biblionext Spring Event

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