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A number of Italian makers along with the Italian Institute for Technology will be showcased on May 18-20, 2018 at the country’s Pavilion at the 13th edition of Maker Faire Bay Area, at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California. The makers cover a wide gamut of offerings ranging from robots to wearables, from food technologies to the Internet of Things and to 3-D printing. Their intent is to forge new partnerships and promote their products and services with participants and visitors.

The Italian Government sponsors the country’s Pavilion through the Italian Trade Agency which will provide support and assistance to its Italian exhibitors. The Italian Trade Agency Site dedicated to this initiative and where one can find all information on this year’s Italian participants is www.makersitalia.com.

“We are very excited to be part of Maker Faire Bay Area 2018, an initiative truly inspired by out of the box thinking. Our esteemed makers reflect in their innovative products and services those changes taking place in the world of manufacturing today”,  says Marco Saladini, Trade Commissioner of the Italian Trade Agency’s Chicago Office. “The basic paradigm is moving to a new approach, where three traditionally distinct phases collapse into one, combining design, production and sale all on site of the actual retail point. Italian makers are at the forefront of this process and we strongly believe that international exposure will help them to grow and prosper. We”, concludes Saladini, “are definitely aware of the historical significance of this new avant-garde and of its business potential, therefore we will continue to support its efforts to establish new ties with US counterparts.”

Maker Faire Bay Area is comprised of five principal areas, emphasizing electronics, 3-D printing and advanced manufacturing, robotics, education and scientific research. The 2017 edition saw over 125,000 visitors and over 1,200 maker entries. Offices in Rome and Chicago have coordinated the Italian Trade Agency’s participation at the US Faire of 12 Italian Makers along with the organizers of the Maker Faire Rome, Innova Camera. One of the exhibitors, the Italian Institute of Technology, will demonstrate its robot, called R1 - Your Personal Humanoid, to visitors at the Pavilion.

In 2017, the Agency took part at the World Maker Faire in New York where it organized and featured 15 leading Italian makers within the official Country Pavilion. The area was awarded “Best Pavilion” by the editors of Make: magazine. Following the event in New York, the Agency’s Chicago Office organized the official US delegation to Maker Faire Rome 2017. Many of the 16 US delegates conducted presentations to Faire attendees in addition to directly exhibiting at the event, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

For more information please contact
Bart Pascoli - Project Coordinator - ITA Chicago - T: 312-670-4360 - E-m: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MS - 18-MAY-2018

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