April 8, 2017 - “It’s a work in progress.” You hear that a lot at the Maker Faire — and it is kind of the point. On Saturday, scores of artisans, engineers, entrepreneurs and do-it-yourselfers of all stripes delighted future makers of all ages with flying drones, self-driving cars, robots and the latest in virtual reality and gaming technologies at the Maker Faire Miami at Miami Dade College. There were some crashes, power failures and misfires, but that is all part of the experience at this family-friendly weekend event that turned the Wolfson Campus into a carnival of creativity. (continued)
April 7, 2017. MIAMI, Fla. - If you travel to any South American or Caribbean country you are likely to see something that is "rigged," whether it be an interesting contraption, or a catch-all solution for a common problem that seems impossibly clever and incredibly efficient. Latino culture has melded and improvised from multiple influences, so this innate sense of innovation shouldn’t surprise anybody.
But but it took Puerto Rican/Cuban American Ric Herrero, director of Maker Faire Miami, to recognize the ways in which we can harness it to make our communities here and around the globe that much more innovative, interesting and cohesive. Maker Faire started in the San Francisco area in 2006 and has since expanded worldwide; it's a family friendly event that touts itself as "part science fair, part country fair." (continued)
March 11, 2017 - "Romero was one of 10 winners of last year’s 10x10kCuba, a contest sponsored by U.S. groups promoting Cuban tech innovation that includes the University of Stanford’s School of Engineering. The 33-year-old programmer recently completed an intense two-week program at Colorado’s Boom Town Accelerator, a Boulder-based tech innovation incubator participating in the program." (continued)
February 21, 2017 - They say necessity is the mother of invention and nowhere is that more true than in Cuba, where tech startups are popping up across the island nation despite very low internet connectivity. That intrepidness is on display with the visit of some young high-tech entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley. Jessica Aguirre reports. (continued)
by Dale Dougherty and Ric Herrero
Makers are a global community of talented innovators — designers, fabricators, artists, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders — driven by personal passions and a spirit of lifelong learning and creative hacking.
You will find them from Silicon Valley start-up founders and Burning Man artisans to Havana’s cuentapropistas and Barcelona’s urban hackers. They see objects and systems not as finished things, but as collections of components that can be remixed, repurposed and reimagined to shape worlds around them. (continued)
October 24, 2017 - "CityLab also featured interactive showcases of tech companies and startups from various cities. An exhibition area called CityLab Makers featured artisans from Miami, Boston, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay and Peru showcasing solutions for agriculture, design, health and other social innovation.
CityLab Makers was a project of Miami’s Mano nonprofit that develops maker education programs and events including the Maker Faire in Miami. Mano has been expanding its focus throughout the Americas; one of its latest projects was 10x10KCuba, a contest offering funding and mentorship for Cuban entrepreneurs, said Ric Herrero, founder of Mano." (continued)