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  • MEDIA RELEASE

    "Southeast Asia Regional Network set up to promote Maker Movement and Talent Development"

    The Southeast Asia Makerspace Summit was held recently from the 5th to 7th of June 2015 at the National Design Centre. Titled InnovAsean, this inaugural invite-only Summit saw 80 key decision-makers involved in makerspace operations from eight ASEAN member nations coming together for the purpose of sharing knowledge and issues related to growing the Maker movement in their respective countries and communities through makerspaces.

    During the 3 day summit, many bread-and-butter issues which directly affects makerspace operations was discussed through talks and panel discussions. These topics include financial sustainability, growth and creation of economic and social impact to the local community. The Summit hopes to forge ties of friendship and camaraderie in working towards establishing a formal 'ASEAN Makerspace Network' to grow the maker economy from the bottom-up. . The three-day Summit is organized by the SG Makers Association Ltd with the sponsorship of the Intel Singapore, Autodesk Asia, UCT, iMaterialise, Crowdtivate, MakerAsia, DesignSingapore Council and Infocomm Development Authority.

    The highlight of the summit was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by 22 different makerspaces across the region to form the Southeast Asian Makerspace Network (SEAMNET). The objectives of SEAMNET are:

    • To advocate and develop the Maker movement in the Southeast Asia region through Makerspace operations;
    • To exchange resources, ideas and expertise to encourage the development of maker talent to support the new emerging industrial, digital economy in Southeast Asian cities;
    • To promote of Southeast Asia as the choice destination for investment towards the development of a distributed manufacturing network;
    • To develop a mutual and shared membership access between Makerspaces in the Network;
    • To explore sustainable business opportunities, partnerships, and cooperation with other corporate entities within Southeast Asia and beyond.

    The formation of SEAMNET marks the beginning of greater B2B collaboration between makerspaces and commercial entities that will bolster not only the economy but also have deep impact on the communities in Southeast Asia.

     

    The MOU Signing was attended by Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Environment and Water Resources and minister in charge of the Smart-Nation initiative and Mr Teo Swee Ann, CEO & Founder of Espressif Systems which makes the hugely popular ESP8266 chip that had made the Internet of Things accessible to every technology startup entrepreneur.

     

    “The makerspace movement in Southeast Asia is different from those in Europe and America. With SEAMNET, we will be better able to share our expertise and resources in order to strengthen the region as a whole from all aspects be it education, economy and social issues”, added William Hooi, Executive Director of Singapore Makers Association.

     

    END

     

    About Makerspaces:

    Makerspaces are zones of self-directed learning. Their hands-on character, coupled with access to state-of-the-art digital tools (i.e. 3D Printers, Laser Machines, CNC Machines) and raw materials help support the development of innovative ideas. Such spaces provide an avenue for deep and creative interaction by fostering a highly collaborative learning dynamic due to peer support, advice, and assistance. In Singapore, some of the more prominent makerspaces include the Prototyping Lab@NDC by OneMaker Group and XPC by Home-Fix DIY.

     

    About SG Makers Association Ltd:

    SG Makers Association Ltd (SG Makers) is a not-for-profit organisation that represents Makers, a new creative class that operates in the intersection of arts, technology and culture. It is a not-for-profit public company that promote technical, scientific, and artistic skills through encouraging creative, inventive and cultural expressions in Singapore. In addition, it hopes to establish best practice framework for an emerging creative industry that is technological-centric through a tripartite network of citizens, companies and the government.

     

    List of Signatories:

     

    1. Arc Hub PNH​ (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
    2. Makerspace Bekasi​ (Bekasi, Indonesia)
    3. Chiang Mai Maker Club (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
    4. Fablab Saigon​ (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
    5. Gading Serpong Makers​ (Banten, Indonesia)
    6. Home of Maker​ (Bangkok, Thailand)
    7. Make.Do.Nia (Jakarta, Indonesia)
    8. Makespace​ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    9. Maker Zoo Bangkok​ (Thailand)
    10. MakerHub JB​ (Johor Bahru, Malaysia)
    11. Otakatik Creative Workshop​ (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
    12. Penang Science Cluster​ (Penang, Malaysia)
    13. PINN Creative Space​ (Bangkok, Thailand)
    14. Crackerz (Jakarta, Indonesia)
    15. Foresight : Young Innovators' Studios​ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    16. AwesomeLabs (Quezon City, Phillippines)
    17. Makerspace Thailand​ (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
    18. Waft-Lab (Surabaya, Indonesia)
    19. XPC​ (Singapore)
    20. NE8T​ (Bangkok, Thailand)
    21. Asia School of Business MakerLab (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
    22. OneMaker Group (Singapore)

     

     

    Opening Speech by William Hooi (SGMA)

    Barcamp-style Talks

    "Makerspace Business Models in Singapore" by Robin Oh, Lead Executive Officer of OneMaker Group (https://www.facebook.com/onemakergroup)

    Barcamp-style Talks

    "Re-making Educations: Helping to create the creators and innovators of tomorrow" by Balaji Ramanujam from Imagin8ors (https://www.facebook.com/imagin8ors)

  • MAKERSPACE: SITE OF INNOVATION of THE 21st Century

    Now is the time to make it happen

    It is said that to go fast, one has to go alone and to go far, it is better to go together. The Maker  Movement has taken the world by storm and Southeast Asia is no exception. 

     

    As Singapore prepares to host the biennial SEA Games in June, SG Makers Association Ltd (SGMA), as the umbrella body that represents makers in Singapore, will organize and host the inaugural Southeast Asia Makerspace Summit 2015 from 5 to 7 June 2015 at the National Design Centre in Singapore. 

     

    This Summit presents  an opportunity for makerspaces in this region to forge bonds of friendship, explore opportunities for mutual benefit and chart a unique pathway for the maker movement that reflects our shared culture  and history. We invite all of you to take this opportunity to meet, mingle and MAKE!

    The Time for Makers has arrived

    There have been a rise of interest in the Maker Movement in the last few years. Makerspaces are becoming important sites for community-based creativity and innovation. In Southeast Asia, makerspaces are sprouting in different cities in an unprecedented rate. People are gathering and sharing tools, equipment and resources; collaborating and turning ideas into products. As the demand grows, makerspaces will begin to face challenges such as maintaining membership support, sustainability and programme development. The path taken by each space is uniquely different and the experience is worth sharing. We can learn from one another as we come together to share, learn and cooperate with one another, working towards tapping on the 600-million strong Southeast Asia market.

    Growing the Maker Economy

    This inaugural invite-only Summit will gather key decision-makers influencers involved in makerspace operations from the ten ASEAN member nations in Singapore to collectively share knowledge and ideas regarding the promotion of the maker movement through makerspaces in their respective countries and communities. We will be tackling issues such as making makerspace financially sustainable, creating greater economic and social impact to the local community. We aim to learn collaboratively, forging ties of friendship and camaraderie in working towards establishing a formalized network to grow the maker economy from the bottom-up.

    SUMMIT OBJECTIVES

    1. To develop a keener understanding about the state of the Maker Movement in each country and exchange strategies on building financially sustainable business models for makerspaces in Southeast Asia, given the unique circumstances of our region.
    2. Expose makerspaces to new technologies, equipment and materials that could be adopted in their makerspace.
    3. To share knowledge about the relevance of the makerspace to values & education, entrepreneurship development and industry job creation.
    4. To formalize a working group of South East Asian makerspaces that will serve as a platform to continue knowledge sharing and cooperation in encouraging the growth of the maker community in the region.

    THE MAKERS POEM

    We are the Makers

    by William Hooi

     

    Recently I was asked what was my agenda to be associated with the word, ‘Maker’;

    Lots of questions and interrogation, as if my motives were a form of aberration;

    I have no response to that conversation except to express my deep exasperation.

     

    It kind of started out as a fun activity, as a way to get some connectivity, among people with much talent and ability

    To demonstrate that in Singapore we have no lack of creativity. 

    Unlike what most people would say that this is a sterile nation, where all creative elements seems to disappear.

    No greats will emerge from here, no artists, nor musicians, nor singers, nor writers,

    To which I say to you Mr Wozniak, sir, you haven’t met us yet, the Makers.

     

    Yes, I may not be an expert, in fact I am an amateur,

    But I am serious not delirious, that I can, in my mind to fabricate the idea I design, using my very own hands

    whether I need to stitch or sew, Always enjoying the psychological flow.

    Oh, thanks to you Prof Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi for explaining what this ‘high’ that I’m experiencing when time simply just pass by

    so quickly when I am in the midst of my countless re-try, to make my next project a little bit better

    For I am a Maker.

     

    Do you know we now have in our possession, an ability for our own artistic expression,

    A space and time for personal fabrication, an opportunity for technological democratization.

     

    Making our little DIY activity, as an expression of our own productivity,

    A demonstration of innate ingenuity and a celebration of human originality.

     

    What’s the deal with cookie-cutter solutions as a way to strive for perfection?

    What’s the point of having a smart city when it is void of its smart citizens?

    What’s the use of being a nation in pursuit of modernization but deep within, its people are culturally in starvation?

     

    Why are we so afraid to think for ourselves, the fear of being the crazy ones, the ones that would rebel?

    The round pegs in square holes, the misfits and yes, you the crazy one, I can tell.

    For We are the Makers.


     

    We say ‘Yes!’ to courage and action, to participation and experimentation, instead of waste and unfair profit maximization

    Lest we become rigid in our thoughts with resignation,

     

    “Trust Thyself!”, the Maker’s battle cry of Emerson, Every heart resonates with each and every sentence.

    That believing in themselves, and the power of their intuition is what We do inspite of much fear and trepidation

     

    There is no recipe for success, no blueprints for progress

    For unlike the rest, we just keep doing our best - one bold step at a time

    For we are the Makers

  • Sofian (Crackerz)

    Sofian Hadiwijaya talks about Crackerz (http://crazyhackerz.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    DR Jimmy (Chiang Mai Maker Club)

    Dr Jimmy talks about Chiang Mai Maker Club (http://www.cmmakerclub.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Nikko (AwesomeLab)

    Nikko Torcita talks about AwesomeLab Manila (http://www.awesomelabph.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Ki Chong (ARC Hub PNH)

    Ki Chong Tran talks about ARC Hub PNH (http://www.archubpnh.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Mai (Fablab Saigon)

    Mai Nguyen talks about Fablab Saigon (https://fablabsaigon.wordpress.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Pan (Home of Makers)

    Dr Sharnon Tulabadi talks about Gravitech Home of Makers Bangkok (http://www.homeofmaker.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Raymond (MakerHub)

    Raymond talks about MakerHub Johor Bahru (https://www.facebook.com/pages/MakerH...) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Max (Maker Zoo)

    Max talks about Maker Zoo Bangkok (https://www.facebook.com/makerzoo) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Iboy (MakeDoNia)

    Iboy talks about MakeDoNia Jakarta (http://www.makedonia.co/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Awaludin

    Awaludin F Aryanto talks about Kitatimba Yogyakarta (http://www.kitatimba.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

  • Ahmad Naim (Foresight)

    Ahmad Naim talks about Foresight : Young Innovators' Studios (http://on.fb.me/1TahkOu) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Benjamin (Gading Serpong Makers)

    Benjamin Dobbs talks about Gading Serpong Makers (http://on.fb.me/1BXPYjB) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Nati (Makerspace Thailand)

    Nati Sang talks about Makerspace Thailand (http://on.fb.me/1L0AdRc) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Toto (Pinn Creative Space)

    Paak Tejasen (Toto) talks about Pinn Creative Space Thailand (http://on.fb.me/1MmVAcK) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Viking (Makerspace Bekasi)

    Viking Karwur talks about Makerspace Bekasi (http://on.fb.me/1IEacXl) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Adrian (Thinkerers KL)

    Adrian Lai talks about Thinkerers Kuala Lumpur (http://www.thinkerers.org/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Abbie (Synergy Social Ventures)

    Abbie Jung talks about Synergy Social Ventures (http://www.synergysocialventures.org/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Ivan (Otakatik)

    Ivan Bestari Minar Pradipta talks about Otakatik Creative Workshop Yogyakarta (http://otakatik.org/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Sky (Makespace KL)

    Sky Chew talks about Makespace Kuala Lumpur (http://makespace.my/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Sam (RPi Klang Valley)

    Sam Ng talks about his Raspberry Pi Journey in Malaysia. ( http://www.fb.com/samngnet ) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

  • Matin (Sagasitas)

    Matin Nuhamunada talks about Sagasitas Indonesia (http://sagasitas.org/) at #‎innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Helmi (Waft-Lab)

    Helmi Hardian talks about Waft-Lab Surabaya (http://www.waft-lab.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Peng Ee (Penang Science Cluster)

    Ooi Peng Ee talks about Penang Science Cluster (http://www.pscpen.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Ju Hu (XPC)

    Soh Ju Hu talks about HomeFix XPC (http://xpc.sg/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Takasu (teamLab)

    Takasu Mazakasu talks about teamLab (https://www.facebook.com/TEAMLAB.inc?...) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Dorjee (Carbon Conservation)

    Dorjee Sun @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Raj (Asia School of Business KL)

    Rajesh Nair talks about Asia School of Business MakerLab Kuala Lumpur @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Simon (UWCSEA)

    Simon Thomas talks about United World College SEA (https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit

    Steve (CATEC.Asia)

    Steve Mccoy talks about CATEC @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

    Mahendran (UCT)

    Mahendran talks about UCT (http://uct.com/) @ innovASEAN South East Asia Makerspace Summit.

  • VIDEO COLLECTION

    SEA MAKERSPACE SURVEY FINDINGS

    You can view the slides here

    OPEN MIC SHARING

    HEBOCON INNOVASEAN

    (video credit: Firdaus Ariff)

  • MAKERSPACES REPRESENTED

    If you operate a makerspace and would like to join us, please drop us a note at hello@singaporemakers.com

    Chiang Mai Maker Club

    Makerspace Thailand

    Maker Zoo Bangkok

    NE8T Bangkok

    Home of Maker Bangkok

    Makedonia Jakarta

    ARC Hub Phnom Penh

    Fablab Saigon

    Hackerspace Singapore

    Crazy Hackerz Jakarta

    XPC SIngapore

    Penang Science Cafe Malaysia

    Foresight Malaysia

    Waft-Lab Surabaya

    Pinn Creative Space Thailand

    AwesomeLab Manila

    MakerHub Johor Bahru

    Makerspace Bekasi

    KitaTimba Yojyakarta

    Gading Serpong Makers

    Otakatik Yogyakarta

    MakerBay (Hong Kong) - Associate Member

    Asia School of Business MakerLab

    Makespace KL

    KakiDIY Malaysia

    WeMaker Shah Alam

    OneMakerGroup Singapore

  • SUMMIT DELEGATES

    DR PANUTAT TEJASEN (JIMMY)

    CEO JimmySoftware & Founder, Chiang Mai Maker Club

    Pattaraporn Bodhisuwan (MAX)

    CEO & Co-founder, Maker Zoo Bangkok

    NATI SANG

    CEO & Founder, Makerspace Thailand

    Charkrid Thanhachartyothin (BOAT)

    Founder, NE8T Bangkok

    Dr Sharnon Tulabadi (PAN)

    Founder, Gravitech Home of Makers Bangkok

    Sathittham Sangthong (Phoo)

    Gravitech Home of Makers Bangkok

    KI CHONG TRAN

    Founder, ARC Hub PNH

    WASEEM GIRACH

    ARC Hub PNH

    RAYMOND GOH

    Founder, MakerHub Johor Bahru

    IMANZAH NURHIDAYAT (IBOY)

    Co-Partner of MakeDoNia Jakarta

    DANNY KOSASIH

    Co-founder, MakeDoNia Jakarta

    Yurry Razy

    MakeDoNia Jakarta

    IVAN BESTARI MINAR PRADIPTA

    Founder, Otakatik Creative Workshop Yogyakarta

    VIKING KARWUR

    Founder, Makerspace Bekasi

    FERRY CHANDRA

    Co-partner, Makerspace Bekasi

    sofian hadiwijaya

    Co-founder, Crazy Hackerz Jakarta

    ANAND MULANI

    Crazy Hackerz Jakarta

    Hoang-Anh Phan

    Co-founder, Fablab Saigon

    MAI NGUYEN

    Fabmaster, Fablab Saigon

    NIKKO TORCITA

    AwesomeLab Manila

    ROBIN OH

    Lead XO, OneMaker Group

    DATUK YOON CHON LEONG

    Director, Penang Science Cluster

    OOI PENG EE

    CEO, Penang Science Cluster

    Awaludin F Aryanto

    Founder, Kitatimba Yogyakarta

    HJH SOPIAH BINTI HAJI HUSAINI

    Founder, Foresight Brunei

    Benjamin Dobbs

    Founder, Gading Serpong Makers

    BUSSAYA TEJASEN

    Founder, Pinn Creative Space Thailand

    Helmi Hardian

    Founder, Waft-Lab Surabaya

    Debrina Tedjawidjaja

    Waft-Lab Surabaya

    RAJESH NAIR

    Asia School of Business MakerLab Kuala Lumpur

    Matin Nuhamunada

    Mentor, Sagasitas Indonesia

    Ahmad Naim

    Foresight Studios Malaysia

    HAKIM HASSANE

    Foresight Studios Malaysia

    FIRDAUS ARIFF

    Foresight Studios Malaysia

    SKY CHEW

    Co-founder Makespace KL

    DR ILHAM A HABIBIE

    Chairman, CATEC

    WAN Zaleha Radzi

    Co-founder, CATEC

    STEVE MCCOY

    Chief Architect, CATEC

    CESAR HARADA

    Co-founder, MakerBay HK

    ABBIE JUNG

    Co-founder, MakerBay HK

    SAM NG

    Organizer, Raspberry Pi Klang Valley

    ADRIAN LAI

    Founder,Thinkerers KL

    VEERA SWAMINATHAN (CO-HOST)

    Co-founder, Sustainable Living Lab Singapore

    WILLIAM HOOI (CO-HOST)

    Executive Director, SG Makers Association

  • PROGRAMME

  • SPONSORING PARTNERS

    INTEL

    Official Technology Partner

    MAKER ASIA

    Official Media Partner

    STARHUB CROWDTIVATE

    Official Crowdfunding Partner

    AUTODESK ASIA

    Official Design Partner

    UCT

    Official Additive Manufacturing Partner

    i.materialise

    Official Additive Manufacturing Partner

  • SUPPORTING Partners

    We extend our appreciation to our supporting partners who have helped out in one way or another to make this Summit a success. 

    Home-Fix XPC

    Simplifi3D

    Castles Can Fly

    IDA Labs@NDC

    Materials Design Lab

    Sustainable Living Lab

    OneMaker Group

  • SUPPORTED BY

  • VENUE HOST

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    SG Makers Association Ltd (SG Makers) is a not-for-profit organisation that represents Makers, a new creative class that operates in the intersection of arts, technology and culture. We are a not-for-profit public company that promote technical, scientific, and artistic skills through encouraging creative, inventive and cultural expressions in Singapore. In addition, we hope to establish best practice framework for an emerging creative industry that is technological-centric through a tripartite network of citizens, companies and the government.