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Fast Forward I The Future In The Making, go Maker Faire Rome 2021

Makers, designers, entrepreneurs, activists, innovators, citizens, trying their hand at shaping the future


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The ninth edition of Europe’s largest Maker Faire opens on October 7th: the one in Rome

The Opening Conference, which also opens this edition and sets the tone and rhythm of the event, will host prestigious international personalities who, from its stage, will show us future scenarios from a variety of topics of interest. We’ll be talking about robotics, education, art, fashion, science, food and agriculture, the environment, health, and how innovative processes and solutions are redefining all these areas as we know them and rewriting their history through contamination and exploration in new and unimaginable fields.

Maker Faire Rome aims to shine a spotlight on hundreds of innovative ideas and projects from all over the world and to show visitors a future that is not far away. The main objective is to raise awareness of the culture of digitally-enabled transformation among a wide public, not only professionals.

Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition is the event where everyone can experience first-hand the digital transformation that is changing the way we create and live, and feel part of it.




Fast Forward I The Future In The Making


This year’s theme is Fast Forward I The Future In The Making: the recognition of circumstances that have accelerated changes that were long overdue, and the celebration of the ability to “do” that has made it possible to manage the uncertainty of these interminable months since the start of the pandemic.

A theme that finds in design the whirlwind of social transformation, the founding infrastructure of a new individual and collective way of living between the physical and the digital, “which has the capacity to give sense, meaning and reason to exist to things”.

Pandemics generate innovation, but they are also extremely difficult to navigate. How can we, makers, designers, entrepreneurs, activists, innovators, citizens, play a role in shaping the future?


Guests and their topics


Hiroaki Kitano I SONY

Inspirational speech. So will be the speech by Hiroaki Kitano, President and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation. An inspirational speech, which will set the tone for the entire Opening. Among the topics he will talk about the Global Agenda, how everyone can contribute and play a role, and how Sony and CSL are working to enable both organisations and individuals to achieve these results and through what research and projects.

Azada Barakzai | Digital Citizen Fund I Afghan Dreamers

Enrico Bassi I Co-founder and coordinator of OpenDot

Presenting 10 projects in 10 minutes from Girls in STEM

Sofia Crespo I Artist

Sofia Crespo creates digital and virtual works through artificial neural networks. Her project is entitled “Artificial Natural History” and fuses the desire to classify organisms through “the true Renaissance project of humanism”, forming a distorted set of imaginary creatures that require a new set of biological classifications.

Leonardo Durante I Global Teacher Prize finalist

Durante will tell us about his experience as the only Italian teacher to be a finalist in the prestigious Global Teache Prize.


Tommaso Ghidini | Head of ESA’s Structures, Mechanisms and Materials Division


His outstanding work focuses on aspects of health studies “for space”, i.e. for the life of astronauts during missions, and those concerning health “from space”, projects on which ESA is working to protect life on Earth.


Nir Goldstein | Good Food Institute 

Mahbooba Islami | Digital Citizen Fund I Afghan Dreamers

Steven Jepeal | Allium Engineering 

Michelle Johnson I I-Rim

Daniele Lago I Lago Design

The full flexibility of work and space in Italy. This is the theme of the speech by Daniele Lago, CEO and Head of design of Lago Design.

Marinella Levi I PoliMi

The importance, the beauty and the future of taking education and research beyond the university to embrace the new challenges of society and the market. This is the heart of the speech by Marinella Levi, Professor of Materials Science and Technology at the Politecnico di Milano. Levi will bring a series of objects to the stage for viewing: a bottle opener designed for rheumatic patients, a dental prosthesis, a model of the MAMBO boat, entirely 3D printed, and a 3Dprinted copy of the Venus de Milo. 


Roya Mahboo | Digital Citizen Fund I Afghan Dreamers

Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and philanthropist committed to building #DigitalLiteracy for women and children in developing countries. She is also the founder and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (ACSC), based in Afghanistan. Roya founded ACSC with the intention of facilitating more jobs for recent graduates, especially girls, and helping them find opportunities in Afghanistan’s new IT markets.


Sonia Massari I Future Food Academy

Stefano Micelli | Upskills Sicily project

Professor at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will talk about Upskills 4.0, a spin-off of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, established as an Innovative Startup and as a Benefit Society.

Luca Parmitano I ESA

Astronaut Luca Parmitano will be present in the dual role of one who puts into practice the research work on “health from space” and who lives as an astronaut, the issues related to health and daily life in space, with all the implications that life in those conditions entails.

Sheila Scerba I Steve Jobs Academy

Education Coordinator of the Steve Jobs Academy, Sheila Cerba will talk about the Academy and her work.

Raffi Tchakerian I Dubai Institute of Design & Innovation

Space designer I professor at DIDI – Dubai Institute for Design and Innovation, Raffi Tchakerian will also talk about mission design that focuses on the astronaut’s well-being both physically and psychologically and that, in doing so, returns valuable information for future missions (and here you can tell what is done, e.g. AR and VR, to help astronauts in their experience.


In closing, space will be given to Massimo Banzi, founder of Arduino

How to follow the Opening Conference of Maker Faire Rome 2021


You can follow the Opening Conference of Maker Faire Rome 2021 live on on October 7th.

Live video will start at 17.00



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