Design Talks is a key thought leadership event for design practitioners, members of the academe, and design enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to engage with design visionaries, innovators, and industry leaders from all over the globe. With a roster of thought leaders, game changers, leading creatives, crafters, and technopreneurs, “The Rise of the Makers” kickstarted discussions on the future of design and technology that transformed passive users to vibrant makers earlier today, March 15, 2015 at the Design Week Philippines section at the second level of SMX Convention Center.
The first speaker of the day was Mr. Jose Ma. R. Fajardo, Program Director of Launch Garage. He talks about The Maker Movement, an offshoot of the Make Culture, a sub-culture of cross discipline folks that are driven by the DIY mentality and the philosophy of open collaboration. The movement itself is an effort to spread this culture to as many as possible in order to encourage innovation from the grass roots. Spanning disciplines in the arts, technology, crafts, and design, Makers are defining what the future of innovation and invention will be.
The next speakers were Ms. Ma. Elena C. Arbon, Provincial Director of the Department of Trade and Industry – Bohol and Mr. Sam Bloch, Founder and Executive Director of Communitere. They both transformed disaster relief and aid efforts through FabLab Bohol, a PhpP9.15 million technology-based incubation laboratory, and Philippines Communitere, which empowers local communities by giving them access to workshops and tools, respectively.
Mr. Nikko B. Torcita, Chief Technology Officer of Awesome Lab, Inc. was up next as he explored the different factors that drive people to create something that works and why it feels fundamentally satisfying for makers to keep on creating.
Making is the ability of a person to actualize an idea by creating stuff with their hands. Mr. Alexander B. Reyes and Ms. Marielle Nadal–Reyes are the founders of CraftMNL which pursues this idea with regular workshop activities that, coupled with technology, repurposes, reinvents, remakes, and recycles items into brand new artisanal products that can set-off makers into business.
Arch. Carmen Bettina Silao-Bulaong is the Officer-in-Charge Executive Director of Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc., which empowers the youth to become artisans and craftsmen with the renewed appreciation for the antiquities as well as the growing awareness toward the conservation of the Filipino built heritage.
Project creators that do not have access to traditional funding channels can now have their projects funded through the power of social media and crowdfunding. Mr. Patrick Bartolome I. Dulay is the Chief Collaborator of The Spark Project, the Philippine version of Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative people.
Mr. Earl Martin Valencia is the President and Co-Founder of IdeaSpace Foundation with an incubator and accelerator program that supports technology entrepreneurs in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, impacting the global market in partnership with the MVP Group of Companies and global technology companies.
Ms. Ma. Leah T. Reyes, President & Chief Creative Officer of Lowe Philippines, talked about the impact of transforming ideas into tangible objects in her life as a creative through live demonstrations.
Design Week Philippines is a co-located event of Manila FAME, Asia’s Premier Design & Lifestyle Event. Manila FAME ran from March 13 to March 16, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.