The makers schedule at [re]vive and ParmaCamp

To get closer to the world of DIY, keep your eye out for upcoming events in Milan and Parma. There is also a series of workshops on the agenda that will lead to the discovery that you are already a maker and have been for a long long time. This week, our attention is focused on Italy, but there is also an interesting event taking place in London for creators and developers in search of inspiration.

The Makers will meet at We Make Open-Design in Milan during the whole week. The program includes talks, meetings, workshops and events you can’t afford to miss. On Sunday 14th, do not miss the MakerFaireRome Brunch with Massimo Banzi, Alessandro Masserdotti and Giorgio Olivero. The place you are looking for is at number 35, Via Vigevano.
Where: Milan, Italiy
When: 8-9-10-11-12-13-14 April

If, during the week, you would like to shed some light on design techniques, choice of materials and laser cutting, try to take part in one of the workshops organised by Handsfree. They range from introductory events on the makers’ tools to practical lessons on how to design and build a lamp. Take the opportunity to have a chat with the Vectorealism team, who will also be joining us.
Where: Milan, Italy
When: 9-10-11-12 April

There is no better way to celebrate the three-year anniversary of the sustainable coworking of Toolbox than to get your hands dirty in one of the workshops organised by Fab Lab Torino. This is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at various creative processes involving paper, software, tools and, of course, Arduino boards. Follow your own direction and have fun.
Where: Turn and Rho, Italy
When: 10-11-13 April

Put the occasion of FuoriSalone with a disused library transformed into an exhibition area, and you get [re]vive. This is a four-day event (11 – 14 April) where you can learn about and buy the winning products of a call for ideas, aimed at makers, creators and startuppers. You’ll find them all at the former brick-kiln, at number 16 Via Alzaia Naviglio Pavese.
Where: Milan, Italy
When: 11-12-13-14 April

It’s worth a visit to the UK on 12 and 13 April for BACON in London. There is no mention of breakfast here, but topics that literally make developers fall in love. Those sure to be attending include Christian Heilmann, evangelist Mozilla developer and Rob Bishop, Raspberry Pi evangelist.
Where: London, UK
When: 12 to 13 April

The week comes to a close on 13 April with ParmaCamp, a barcamp entirely dedicated to makers and creators. Among the participants, you’ll also find Italy’s long-known makers: artisans and bakers. Admission is free but you must register by 12 April on Eventbrite.
Where: Parma, Italy
When: 13 April

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Labitat and Rule 0 of the Danish makers

Labitat The beauty of makers is that they are always coming in contact with each other. In March, Massimo Banzi and David Gomba went to visit Labitat, a makerspace in the western side of Copenhagen. It is a fantastic place where you breathe the right atmosphere: tons of hardware, computers, biohacking experiments (they are plants, don’t worry) and a well-equipped kitchen. Massimo and David have already recounted their trip in pictures on Arduino Blog, and it is worth adding a few words.

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History of Testaccio


Photo by Michael Ezban

Monte Testaccio’s name comes from the Latin word testa, meaning potsherd. It is also known as Monte dei Cocci, which in Italian means “Potsherd Hill”.

It’s a reference to the waste materials that slowly raised the hill, i.e. the amphorae discarded from the nearby harbor on the Tiber. It is about 700 meters around, reaches 45 meters of height, and covers an area of 22,000 square meters, with approximately 25 million stacked amphorae.

Thanks to dating techniques and to the painted or stamped inscriptions on the potsherds, we can estimate that the mound formed between 140 AD and the middle of the 3rd century.

Most of the amphorae stacked in the mound, perhaps as many as 3/4 of them, are oil vessels from Baetica (Baetica was a Roman province in what is now Andalusia). The remaining fragments are from oil vessels from Africa.

The hill’s fame and popularity is tied first and foremost to Carnival celebrations called ludus Testaccie (“games of Testaccio”), which were first documented in 1256 during the papacy of Alexander IV, and renewed every year until approximately 1470.

In the 1600s a new leaf was turned when Pietro Ottini and Domenico Coppitelli purchased the lot next to the hill in order to open some grottini (small grottos), which would house a growing number of taverns (and today have been turned into famous restaurants and nightclubs).

As a consequence, Monte Testaccio went from medieval feasts’ greasy poles to the lavish banquets of the Ottobrate, i.e. the one-day outings people from Rome typically went on in the month of October.

During the Second World War, an entire antiaircraft battery was installed on the hill. It was removed at the end of the war, but four platforms used for cannons are still visible.

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Filabot and the sustainability of Makers


Recycle plastic and you will have come full circle: this might very well be the (almost) zero impact motto of the Makers movement. Reusing the waste from 3D printers could be a good way to reduce waste and help the environment. That’s why many are curious about Filabot, the desktop system designed to recycle plastic. It is easy to operate; introduce plastic waste and the machine generates filaments to be used for new creations.

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What the Makers said at the White House

In the United States the Makers are taken seriously. The government knows that this is a movement that is capable of revolutionising key sectors of the country (education, production and innovation) and so it keeps a close eye on them. Given that it’s worth having a chat about the subject, Tom Kalil – Obama’s innovation advisor – thought it a good idea to invite some of the top exponents of DIY to a public hangout on Google.

Yes, a live video chat with the White House. It was an informal meeting to get to understand how to revolutionise the manufacturing sector in the USA and to cultivate the creative talents of the future. The point is, that even for an economic super power like the United States the saying: “it doesn’t matter who you are, because many of the most brilliant people in the world work for someone else” still applies. Getting back to the hangout, this is who was there and what was said.
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