By Nancy Dahlberg
The Miami Herald
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This weekend, educators, artists and entrepreneurs will be side-by-side showcasing their cutting-edge projects, startups and collaborations at the Maker Faire Miami.
The Miami Herald
A group of Miami Dade College students is spending a semester at Massachusetts Institute of Technology learning about robotics and building a self-driving car prototype.
An Ecuadorean chocolate company has created a tree-to-bar manufacturing process based on innovation, social responsibility and direct trade with certified organic farms.
The creator of Cuba’s first independent video game, Savior, is offering a sneak peek at the action game that will be released next year.
These are just some of the 150-plus makers who will be showcasing their DIY projects at Maker Faire Miami on Saturday and Sunday, at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.
The family-friendly event, hosted by MDC in partnership with MANO Americas and in association with Maker Media, will feature inventions, talks and interactive exhibits in robotics, 3D printing, art, science and fashion that celebrate the growing maker movement in South Florida.
With Maker Faire Miami, the city is just one of about 30 cities around the world to host large-scale Maker Faires in 2017, including Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Atlanta, New York and Shenzhen.
As a snapshot of our local innovation ecosystem, there’s nothing like Maker Faire Miami. No where else will you see makers, educators, artists and entrepreneurs side-by-side showcasing their cutting-edge projects, startups and collaborations to our community. Ric Herrero, co-producer of Maker Faire Miami
While MANO has hosted successful and growing Miami Mini Maker Faires the past few years, this will be larger in terms of the number of makers presenting and in attendance. Organizers are expecting more than 5,000 attendees at the festival-like Faire and MDC hopes to grow it into a yearly signature event, like the college’s book fair and film festival.