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What are the signals coming out of the Maker Movement that will shape the new economy, education/government policy and its initiatives? What is the impact on local communities now? How is the Movement stimulating talent development and opportunities? Join us in discussion with our esteemed speakers and panelists at the Maker Conference!

The Maker Conference aims to share best practices and thought-leadership in the different aspects of the Maker Movement with not just Makers but also with people who are interested to find out more about the role and impact of the movement through various workshops.

This year, the theme “Learning Through Failures”, explores the importance of failure through the maker movement. Be inspired by talks and hands-on workshops by established makers, artists and STEM professionals who have made a difference in the maker community they each serve.

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  • Programme

    Sign up now to enjoy the full Conference programme, refreshments, complimentary 1-day pass to Maker Faire Singapore 2018 (can be used for Sat or Sun) and a welcome gift.


    10.00 amOpening of Singapore Maker Conference 2018
    10.05 amThe role of failure in Making
    Speakers and topics:
    • A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Board
    • Mr David Li, Co-Founder, Hacked Matter
      • How to fail fast with Shenzhen?
    • Ms Lit Liao, Founder, Litchee Lab
      • Failing your way to success
    • Dr Esther Joosa, Creative Director for Making It Home, Playeum Ltd
      • The Ability to Fail as a 21st Century Learning Skill
    • Ms Sari Atiqa Ramli, Community Lead, Repair Kopitiam
      • Nurturing community learning and cohesion through failure
    11.35 am Panel Discussion: Fail fast, fail forward
    11.50 am Lunch Break
    1.00 pm 

    Makers learn by failing, so should companies” talk by Navyansh Malhotra, student

     Parallel session A: 

    Maker Education – Sharing & Workshops

    Parallel session B:

    Tools for makers– Tech and tinkering workshops

    1.20 pm

    An Educational Revolution” talk by John Northridge, The Winstedt School & The Steam Academy

    “Learn to fail” workshop by Isabelle Desjeux
    1.40 pmInsights on how to foster Creative Courage in Primary Students through Making“, talk by Elda Webb
    2.00 pmWestwood’s Journey in Making- Turning Ideas Into Fruition, talk by Westwood Primary School
    2.20 pmSmart IoT workshop using MIT App Inventor, workshop by David Tseng, CAVEDU Education“How to make almost anything you want” workshop by Digital Fabrication Space, Science Centre Singapore

    3.05 pm

    “Learn to fail” workshop by Isabelle Desjeux
    4.00 pmEnd of conference


  • Speakers & Facilitator



    David Li, Hacked Matter

    David Li has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a research hub on maker movement and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker community. He is also the executive director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab, which facilitates the collaboration between global smart hardware entrepreneurs and Shenzhen Open Innovation ecosystem.


    Lit Liao,

    Litchee Lab

    Lit Liao, founder of Litchee Lab, is a passionate advocator of MakerEd as a new way to teach. She launched Litchee Lab in 2014 to explore how maker culture can benefit local community. Litchee Lab believes everyone is creative, and provides a curriculum combining design thinking, fab academy and local insight to help students master the skill to transform their ideas into reality. So far Litchee Lab has been partnered up with more than 50 schools, universities and museums locally and internationally to integrate maker spirit into teaching activities.


    Dr Esther Joosa, Playeum


    Dr Esther Joosa is an arts practitioner, educator, researcher and arts advocate, and has lived in Singapore for the past 29 years. Her specialisms include the arts in education of young adults with cognitive disabilities, mentoring and evaluation, and the role of the facilitator when working with children in interactive, arts-based environments.


    Sari Atiqa,

    Sustainable Living Lab (SL2)

    Atiqa is a product designer by trained and is curious about how things are made. She is an aspiring engineer/maker who always learns things the hard way.

    In SL2, Atiqa is a Project Manager in the Sustainability & Innovation unit and a Community Lead to two volunteer programmes, Repair Kopitiam and Sustainability Circle. During these programmes, she finds out how to guide a learning community of various age group through failing and discovering.


    Isabelle Desjeux, l’Observatoire

    A French artist living in Singapore, Isabelle Desjeux has a PhD in Molecular Biology and a MA in Fine Arts.  Desjeux is interested in understanding how science is made and knowledge is acquired, by scientists, students or children and by extension the public at large. Her installations and video installations often recreate laboratories and place the viewer in the position of the scientist conducting the experiment.


    Workshop Synopsis: 

    In this fun and light workshop, the participants are invited to try three different challenges and reflect on their thoughts as they go through the motion of imagining, creating, solving problems and eventually failing.

    Participants will be invited to share their thoughts and insights on the process.