Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Making Beirut v1.0
I was always frustrated of how the hardware and the DIY community is still small in Lebanon. This keeps reminding me of how we are brought up into thinking that we are not made for it. It is just not meant to be: we are too busy with our social, political and economic problems that for some reason we forgot a big problem- we just don't make stuff anymore we consume.
Obviously the community is there, it just need the right environment to grow. "Making Beirut v1.0" is the first actual gathering for the hardware maker community in Lebanon. In my opinion, Beirut is not ready for a Maker Fair <yet>, however, and as the name of the exhibition suggests, we would like to promote the maker culture, spread the knowledge and gather the community so that v2.0 will be closer to the full deal.
During four days many items will be exhibited. I, myself will be exhibiting a couple of items that can be found on my blog and elsewhere. And I can ensure the people attending the exhibition that they will also be an active part of the exhibition where they can play with robots, interact with tables, experiment with photography, and even play with electronics!
So get your geeky spirit ready, and join the makers at karaj and learn how you can promote and meet a community that is hacking its way into the city as they want to see it.