On the 12th to the 14th of October this year Maker Faire Rome returns and brings “makers” from around the globe together to show their innovative ideas to the masses.

What is Maker Faire Rome?

“It is the most important event in the world of innovation. Is a showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Maker Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, schools, universities, research institutes, artists, students, and corporations. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Attendees flock to Maker Faire to glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves.”  (Credit: https://2018.makerfairerome.eu/en/)

This year Irish Tech News have been invited to go along and Meet the Makers!  However, today we can give you a small insight as to the types of innovators who are attending including a couple of Irish Makers:

ITSPHUN – Belgium

ITSPHUN is a startup owned by a small group of family and friends. Their interests include math and math education, computer programming, and arts & crafts.

ITSPHUN is a geometric construction system consisting of regular polygons with notches used to connect the pieces. This system is used to make toys, decorative lanterns and lamps, and jewellery. They will be bringing examples of all of these for sale as well as a separate table full of pieces for people to play with as a hands-on activity.


Maker Jean-Christophe Thuan has previously lived in 6 countries, with a background in marketing & information system and he approached the maker movement late.

When is the last time you weighed yourself? Whether you cannot locate the scale in the bathroom, or forgot about using it, or just have no space for a scale, men weigh themselves on average every two months.

Where is the one place we go at least once a day?: The toilet.  The solution: An integrated toilet seat/ toilet mat seems the ideal solution.  Jean-Christophe has developed the first prototype for the end of his academy course last year and will presenting the second model in 2018.

BICYBLE – Colombia

Maker Daniela Echeverri-Cardenas: Product Design Engineer, with emphasis in Mechatronic Design. Engineer and Design Project Manager at Tecnoparque Nodo Cali, SENA.  Daniela has designed and developed innovative products taking into account their full lifecycle.

Maker Fernando Echeverri-Sanz: Biomedical Engineering Technician with Associate’s degree. Certified professional in maintenance and reliability for machinery and equipment. Mechanical Engineer.  Accomplished engineering manager with a proven track record in plant maintenance and reliability.

Bicyble is a system of signal light adapted to the cyclist’s helmet. It provides safety features that allow the user to be seen and express their intentions.

In Latin America bicycles are not only used to commute to and from work, but also to mobilize at work. Bicyble is designed to protect them.  Bicyble is a kit that can be installed to the helmet, and it is operated without using a remote control. Smart turn signals are activated based on the user’s head movement.  Bicyble is simple, practical and affordable. It makes you visible and understandable day and night.

FOLDIT – Ireland

Maker Darren Rooney. His most defining trait is his work ethic from concept through to completion, he believes competence is a balance of knowledge and proven ability. The best teams are diverse in their outlook. That learning is about more than just filling a mind; it is about embracing a problem and bringing it to fruition from every conceivable angle. Design is a fusion of analytical minds and established circumstances. These are the values that ensure his work is to the highest standard – produced at a fast pace with an exceptional level of attention to detail.

A transfer board for wheelchair users that can fit into a bag and be cared around without anyone seeing it weighs the same as a standard laptop and fits the same bag. once in use it doubles in size and has an appealing finish to the top surface making it customizable to the user’s tastes.


Maker Robert Fitzsimons is a hacker and maker from Dublin with a keen interest in electronics and related technologies. Showing a slight obsessive tendency, many of his projects use large numbers of LEDs and lots of soldering.

Maker Lucy Johnson is a maker from Vermont and has background in fashion and design. She likes exploring the use of technology in her designs.

This project converts an umbrella into a personal planetarium for exploring the sky.  Additionally they are accentuating jewellery pieces with custom electronics and LEDs.


Maker Luis Martin at Makeroni Labs

Makeroni, creative technology, is an association that was born in Zargoza in 2013. Its main purposes are:
Promote a cooperative work space for the development of new technologies.
Promote the dissemination of new technologies; both of the projects developed by the members of the association, as well as by other people.

For the fulfillment of these purposes, he is working on:
Create and maintain a space, physical or virtual, of cooperative work.
Promote and coordinate the development of technological projects, for companies and individuals, by the members of the association.
Promote the capacities of the members of the association in contests, talks and fairs.
Carry out informative activities for the diffusion of new technologies.

Eye of Horus is an open source platform to control any device just looking at them. The project (hardware & software) was built from scratch during the Space Apps Zaragoza to solve the Space Wearables challenge. This device could help engineers from NASA and astronauts on their tasks. The system combines eye tracking with a frontal camera to know where you are looking. The target devices are identified using light beacons (similar to LiFi technology) and controlled with wireless protocols.

The Irish continguent is well represented with a few other projects and we hope to share these with you in the coming months.

Visit the Maker Faire Rome website and find them on them on social media to learn more about the event.


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