"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:
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.
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)
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.
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
DR PANUTAT TEJASEN (JIMMY)
CEO JimmySoftware & Founder, Chiang Mai Maker Club
Pattaraporn Bodhisuwan (MAX)
CEO & Co-founder, Maker Zoo Bangkok
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
ARC Hub PNH
Founder, MakerHub Johor Bahru
IMANZAH NURHIDAYAT (IBOY)
Co-Partner of MakeDoNia Jakarta
Co-founder, MakeDoNia Jakarta
IVAN BESTARI MINAR PRADIPTA
Founder, Otakatik Creative Workshop Yogyakarta
Founder, Makerspace Bekasi
Co-partner, Makerspace Bekasi
Co-founder, Crazy Hackerz Jakarta
Crazy Hackerz Jakarta
Co-founder, Fablab Saigon
Fabmaster, Fablab Saigon
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
Founder, Gading Serpong Makers
Founder, Pinn Creative Space Thailand
Founder, Waft-Lab Surabaya
Asia School of Business MakerLab Kuala Lumpur
Mentor, Sagasitas Indonesia
Foresight Studios Malaysia
Foresight Studios Malaysia
Foresight Studios Malaysia
Co-founder Makespace KL
DR ILHAM A HABIBIE
WAN Zaleha Radzi
Chief Architect, CATEC
Co-founder, MakerBay HK
Co-founder, MakerBay HK
Organizer, Raspberry Pi Klang Valley
VEERA SWAMINATHAN (CO-HOST)
Co-founder, Sustainable Living Lab Singapore
WILLIAM HOOI (CO-HOST)
Executive Director, SG Makers Association
Official Technology Partner
Official Media Partner
Official Crowdfunding Partner
Official Design Partner
Official Additive Manufacturing Partner
Official Additive Manufacturing Partner
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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.