Our flagship event is an all-ages gathering of DIY enthusiasts in the tech, arts and crafts who get together to show what they make and share what they have learned with the South Florida community. It is a festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness in celebration of the Maker Movement. Since its launch in 2013, Miami Maker Faire has welcomed over 15,000 attendees and 450 makers from all across the Americas and Spain to share their creations with the greater Miami community, including local entrepreneurs, students, craftspeople and educators.
In 2017, we were honored to host the second annual Maker Faire Global Producers Summit, which convened the board and officers of Maker Faire with over 70 Maker Faire producers from all over the world. The Summit also brought together key makers, artists, artists, and thoughts leaders from US, Asia, Europe and Latin America to help expand the discussion around the principles of the maker mindset, and drive outcomes toward overall growth of the Maker Movement and its impact on cities.
Partners (Current & Past) Knight Foundation Maker Media Miami Dade College Banco Santander The LAB Miami National YoungArts Foundation Microsoft FIU College of Computing and Information Sciences University of Miami School of Architecture Moonlighter Makerspace FabLAT (Fab Foundation) AUBureau Fabrica de Arte Cubano Americas Society / Council of the Americas
GLOBAL MAKER FAIRE PRODUCERS SUMMIT 2017
In January of 2017, MANO was invited by Maker Media (founders of Maker Faire and Make: magazine) to co-host their Global Maker Faire Producers Summit in Miami, an invite-only event for Maker Faire producers from around the world and other influential makers, to connect and learn about how to best engage and cultivate the maker community in their communities.
We produced a plenary session at Miami Dade College that explored bottom-up urban innovation in cities around the world and right here in Miami, including a panel with the founder of Maker Media, Dale Dougherty, Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, and Meg Daly of the Underline. The panel drove home the point that local government should not be seen as an obstacle or uninterested party and instead should be engaged by local makers to address urban challenges. Several attendees, including organizers from Orlando and Austin told us that they would reach out to their municipal governments for the first time to explore how their maker communities could be leveraged to address local problems. Over two days, we hosted more than 85 international partners and 50 local makers and, again, further solidified key relationships while also expanding our own expertise in maker programming.
Partners Knight Foundation Maker Media Miami Dade College Moonlighter Makerspace
A summer-long series of camps that introduce local junior and high school students to hands-on STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, art, math), sustainable design and creative problem-solving. Founded in 2014, Wynwood Maker Camp is organized in collaboration with 01, and has hosted more than 500 young change-makers who have collaborated on over 200 DIY student-led projects. The curriculum is centered around exploring new technologies and concepts such as: coding, electronics and robotics using the Internet of Things, sustainability and urban hacking, virtual reality and game design, 3D design and printing, fabrication, collaboration, communication, and entrepreneurship.
Partners Knight Foundation 01 Moonlighter Makerspace
Organized in association with the Cuba Emprende Foundation, 10x10kCuba is an annual contest to select ten of the most promising tech-enabled businesses in Cuba. The contest seeks to help talented programmers and entrepreneurs in Cuba integrate themselves into startup communities across the United States, and provides them with the resources and networks to support the growth of their businesses. In 2016, the contest drew 88 applications from Cuban entrepreneurs based in 12 of the Island’s 15 provinces.
The ten selected businesses of our first cohort were concentrated in mobile applications for tourism, dining, lodging and cultural services, but also include e-commerce, employment, real estate rental and customized messaging platforms. The winners were split into three teams and each participated in two-week training and mentoring programs organized by our academic, business, and tech accelerator partners in Palo Alto, Boulder and Miami.
Partners (Current & Past) Knight Foundation CIC Miami StartUp Angels Cuba Emprende Foundation Stanford University School of Engineering The Idea Center at Miami Dade College Boomtown! Accelerator TechStars Salesforce American Airlines Tinker Foundation
10x10KCuba winners visit Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in Denver.
10x10KCuba winners with program organizers and faculty at Stanford School of Enginneering.
10x10KCuba winners visit the 01 learning center in Miami to learn about virtual reality design.
Great Miami Makeathon is a three-day design and prototype challenge in which participants develop functional prototypes that address the real-world needs of local businesses and organizations. It shows how the creative power of our incredible maker community can be harnessed to help private and public sector entities innovate.
Past & Present Partners Knight Foundation StartUp FIU The Idea Center at Miami Dade College Particle Moonlighter Makerspace Miami Science Barge Wynwood Yard American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora
In 2016, MANO was recruited by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Atlantic LIVE to produce an international Maker’s Lounge at the 2016 CityLab summit. MANO curated a maker pavilion featuring eight fascinating startups and fabrication labs from all across the Americas, and secured additional speakers from Barcelona and Silicon Valley as part of the programming for CityLab’s Miami edition. Through the pavilion, we not only showcased how makers are addressing urban challenges at a local level all across the Americas, but also organized the first convening between local and international leaders of the maker movement to take place in Miami, where they established links and shared experiences and best practices. In total, the Maker’s Lounge was host to more than 400 attendees of the CityLab summit and served to solidify relationships with a greater range of public and private stakeholders.
Partners Bloomberg Philanthropies Atlantic LIVE The Aspen Institute
Collaborators 01 (Miami, FL) CLANDESTINA (Havana, Cuba) Fab Lab Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) Fab Lab Peru (Lima, Peru) IEEETech/Chipsafer (Montevideo, Uruguay) Maker Health (Boston, Massachusetts) Moonlighter makerspace (Miami, Florida) Research Center for Innovation at Veritas University (San José, Costa Rica)
Opa-Locka THRIVE Campus
In 2017, Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation recruited the MANO team to develop a makerspace, educational programming, and summer maker camp for its THRIVE Campus. Within two months, we launched the first maker camp in Opa-Locka, as part of a program that provided local residents to unprecedented access to art and technology camps within the neighborhood. We continue to work with OLCDC to operationalize the THRIVE makerspace and design year-round classes and workshops focused on maker-centered learning for 3rd through 12th graders.
Partners Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation 01
LIBERTY TO MAKE
In 2016, with the support of The Miami Foundation, we piloted Liberty To Make, a weekly after-school workshop on hands-on STEM innovation at Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School in Allapattah, Florida that ran for the entirety of the school year.
Simultaneously, we submitted Liberty To Make to serve as a core project for the "Design for Miami" Fall course led by Design Thinking Miami at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College. "Design for Miami" was a 12-week design strategy course based on Stanford University’s Design for Extreme Affordability program, in which students worked on projects to improve the lives of Miamians living below the poverty line.
Design for Miami students set out to solve the challenge of making Liberty To Make sustainable by collecting real-time data from the after-school workshop as it took place. At the end of Design for Miami course, they produced a business proposal for how to best continue the program.
Partners The Miami Foundation Design Thinking Miami Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School The Idea Center 01
Our Interplay Workshhops are held at least once per month at participating learning and recreational spaces within the MANO network. Each workshop is explores emerging, tools and practices in entrepreneurship, technology and sustainability: from 3D-printing, VR, and robotics, to upcycling, urban farming and genetic hacking. These workshops are meant to foster an interest in students in STEM, design and systems thinking, while also facilitating skills acquisition for participants. Interplay Workshops are coordinated by MANO with the support of local and pan-regional makers and educators willing to share their expertise and interest with the broader South Florida community.