24 Sept 2016

Kathmandu Mini Maker Faire

The NLab along with Nepal Communitere and the US Embassy came together to organize Nepal’s first ever humanitarian Maker Faire. Held at Nepal Communitere, one of the few maker spaces in Nepal, the Maker Faire was an amazing success with over 1500 people attending and 30 makers participating with their array of innovative projects and new technologies.

The event showcased the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Nepali people as they continue rebuilding their lives following the 2015 Earthquakes. In addition to bringing together entrepreneurs, makers, business people, members of international and national NGOs and government agencies from Nepal it also attracted people and makers form Philippines, Germany, Singapore, Israel as well as far away Haiti.

The event took place over two days and included a speaker series, an innovation lab, a Makerspace with a tool lending library, a kid zone, workshops, product testing and demonstrations, and much more. Makers from the local communities were liaising with each other and with the international community, space was made for innovation between old and new, between traditional craft and ‘new’ technologies, between people of different ages and social classes, and between genders. Although what was actually being made at the Faire was exciting in itself, the highlight of the event was in the connections that were initiated and fostered.