Today we had the pleasure to explore for the second year the event Innovate Arnhem, similar to the one visited in Eindhoven last September (http://borda.nl/2017/09/04/eindhoven-maker-faire/). Arnhem has been our home city since more than two years, and interestingly the capital of Gelderland, as well as the region itself, is not very known abroad for its potential and vocations. Beyond ArtEZ, the prestigious University of Arts, other relevant players should be included on the decision map of many more visitors, tourists, start-ups and young creative people willing to experience a movement that is gaining momentum.
This year, the festival took place at HAN Campus – the Hogeschool from Arnhem and Nijmegen – and had the support of private and public institutions such as the Municipality of Arnhem, the Province of Gelderland, the Arnhem Entrepreneurship Fund, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, to mention a few. The main goal of the festival was to bring together students, residents, entrepreneurs, original thinking companies, educators, and individuals in the vicinity of Arnhem. Amongst these publics, we saw many parents with their enthusiastic kids experiencing the maker culture, building solar panels, learning from robots, recycling, experiencing water management, playing in a very natural way with all kinds of technology like virtual reality, drones and 3D tools, and also regaining the joy of building very simple objects, such as boxes made of wood.
From ideas to reframe plastic waste until start-up accelerating projects, the development of a maker mindset set the tone of the event, where solutions, demos, prototypes and presentations were all displayed as an ecosystem of concrete proposals for a more innovative presence and a better future demanding a critical, explorative and hands-on attitude.
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