Design Talks: The Rise of the Maker

The Maker Movement (Speaker: Mr. Jose Ma. R. Fajardo, Tech Entrepreneur, Ruby Coder, Hardware Hacker)

The Maker Movement (Speaker: Mr. Jose Ma. R. Fajardo, Tech Entrepreneur, Ruby Coder, Hardware Hacker)

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 Movementan 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.

Space for Making Things Happen (Ms. Ma. Elena C. Arbon, Provincial Director, Department of Trade and Industry - Bohol)

Space for Making Things Happen (Ms. Ma. Elena C. Arbon, Provincial Director, Department of Trade and Industry – Bohol)

Space for Making Things Happen (Mr. Sam Bloch, Founder & Executive Director, Communitere)

Space for Making Things Happen (Mr. Sam Bloch, Founder & Executive Director, Communitere)

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.

Why Making Stuff is Addictive (Mr. Nikko B. Torcita, Chief Technology Officer, Awesome Lab, Inc.)

Why Making Stuff is Addictive (Mr. Nikko B. Torcita, Chief Technology Officer, Awesome Lab, Inc.)

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.

Building a Community of Crafters, Makers, and Creative Entrepreneurs (Mr. Alexander B. Reyes and Mrs. Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Founders of Craft MNL)

Building a Community of Crafters, Makers, and Creative Entrepreneurs (Mr. Alexander B. Reyes and Mrs. Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Founders of Craft MNL)

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.

Escuela Taller: Training the Youth and Reviving Crafting Traditions (Arch. Carmen Bettina Silao-Bulaong, Officer-in-Charge Executive Director, Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc.)

Escuela Taller: Training the Youth and Reviving Crafting Traditions (Arch. Carmen Bettina Silao-Bulaong, Officer-in-Charge Executive Director, Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc.)

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.

Funding the Makers (Mr. Patrick Bartolome I. Dulay, Chief Collaborator, The Spark Project and Mr. Earl Martin Valencia, President and Co-Founer, IdeaSpace Foundation)

Funding the Makers (Mr. Patrick Bartolome I. Dulay, Chief Collaborator, The Spark Project and Mr. Earl Martin Valencia, President and Co-Founer, IdeaSpace Foundation)

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.

Putting It All Together (Ms. Ma. Leah T. Reyes, President & Chief Creative Officer of Lowe Philippines)

Putting It All Together (Ms. Ma. Leah T. Reyes, President & Chief Creative Officer of Lowe Philippines)

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.

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One comment

  1. Rosa Bertol

    thanks for the updates on the various design talks held at the fair. Do you have the AV
    recordings of these talks by the resource persons which we can access or buy
    inorder to let our other staff and guests listen to in our offices and factory. Availabllity
    of such will surely enable the valuable tips, sharing of new ideas delivered, trickle down to those who were at the sidelines or abroad to have the chance to listen and take home something from the talk shows? You know, like TED Talks.:-) Thanks and more power to you! Rosa Bertol, PCT Goodbridge, Makati.

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