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Maker Faire Singapore 2016

Maker Faire Singapore 2016 launched with a mechanism and banner truly representative of the Maker Faire Spirit made by Makers present in the Faire. Once the Minister for Communication and Information, Dr Yacob Ibrahim gave the signal, the self-balancing vehicle was released and it pulled along the clothed banner. This ingenious device was created by allowing the metal gear to balance the vehicle’s centre of gravity. It enabled the two-wheeled vehicle to travel down a thin rope (to a certain angle) without falling off of it. Maker_Faire_SG_2016_264

Maker_Faire_SG_2016_266Visitors were in for a delightful surprise as they were greeted with a crocheted Merlion made from 2,200 crocheted squares contributed by the community with donators hailing from Singapore, Malaysia to the UK. This Merlion crochet was the centrepiece of Yarnbombing SG’s Magical garden and was designed by Yarnbombing’s very own members. Visitors were lucky to experience the cute yarn bombing animals, flowers and brightly coloured mushrooms decorating the Maker Faire’s entrance.


Visitors collected their Maker Faire Singapore passport and map at the registration booth and were off to peruse the many booths that catch their eye. A constant flow of visitors was seen at the various Every Day a Learning Day booths where visitors were able to make their own creations and bring them back home. The Every Day a Learning Day booths included the Light Puppet Theatre, String Art, Soldering, Paper Quilling, Yarn Bombing, Blink a Bottle and Curious Design Network.

At the Light Puppet Theatre booth, visitors learned how to make their own puppet theatre with simple materials such as cardboard, satay sticks, tracing paper, LED lights and batteries. They were entertained by the different shadows that can be made from a single light source.


At the Soldering booth, visitors got to try using the soldering tools to make their own keychain which has lights on it. Children and adult alike were able to learn about simple circuitry to make the lights of the robot light up.


At the String Art booth, visitors used strings to make some interesting designs. They were diligently making these intricate and delicate designs at the booth.

At the Paper Quilling booth, visitors decorated bookmarks using coils of paper glued into beautiful shapes. It was great to see the many different and unique designs made by those stopping at the booth.


At the Yarn Bombing both, visitors got to make flowers using yarn.


At the Blink a Bottle booth, visitors used basic decoupage to make pretty little night lanterns. Visitors were entertained by these creative devices.


Lastly, at the Curious Design Network booth, visitors designed a notebook for their loved ones.
Visitors, young and old were impressed at how easy it was to make such creative and beautiful art pieces using simple materials and were happy to acquire a new skill such as soldering, yarnbombing, paper quilling or decoupage.


There were six different zones: Thinkspace, Labs Central, Families and Young Makers, Dark Zone, Craft Zone and Tech Zone. Visitors of different age, gender and interests were able to enjoy themselves as there was such a wide variety of booths available for them to see.

Visitors interested in crafts were in for a treat at the craft zone because there were many makers showcasing a variety of crafts. There were also workshops available for the public, such as silkscreen printing, napkin decoupage, glass painting, sewing and more. Walking along the zone, you could see visitors sitting in the corner of the booths making roses out of plastic spoons, painting their favourite designs using silkscreen and participating in string art. Visitors were able to buy some of the handmade crafts made by the makers too. Many of the makers engage in upcycling projects too. Upcycling is the process of turning unwanted things into useful things. Some of the upcycling projects include using milk cartons to make a coin purse, using toilet roll to make a stationery holder and more.



Young makers and families of makers exhibited their projects too. Many of the young makers came up with the idea themselves. Julianne, a 12-year-old homeschooler from Malaysia was one of the many young makers who exhibited their products at Maker Faire 2016. She started making jewellery at a young age and has even started her own online business selling her products. It was heartwarming to see makers being so creative and making such wonderful projects at such a young age.

Thinkspace zone was a great place to go when visitors wanted to churn their imaginative juices. At imagin8ors, participants were able to make their own puppet and play out creative stories with their loved ones. It was a joy to see the hand-puppets and the members of Imagin8ors bringing out the smiles of even the shyest of children as they start their own play. Creative stories came to life at the claymation workshop held by the Imagin8ors where the participants created their storyboard and actors. They were able to direct their own movie by learning the techniques of stop motion videos. Ground Up Initiative, indeed brought the Kampung Spirit down to Maker Faire 2016 as visitors had the opportunity to learn old school activities such as calligraphy, weaving, kite making etc, as well as modern day activities such as electronics workshops and upcycling of recycled waste materials.


Dark zone was the place to go to enjoy displays that glow in the dark from lasers, LED-filled bottles to a lighted display of Sentosa!



Visitors who love technology were able to immerse themselves in many of the projects that makers in this zone have created, such as Robots, Self-Built 3D printers, Kits, Arduinos, IoT kits and Virtual Reality. We were happy that many makers from overseas specially came down to Singapore for Maker Faire. Among these makers were CAVEDU Education from Taiwan, Seeed Studio from China and Cytron Technologies from Malaysia.



At the Lab Central, Makers combined the different elements of Making and Tinkering to present to visitors amazing projects. Among many of these projects were the Tinkercademy’s Mars base Lockdown, in collaboration with cardboard sculptor Bart,  which is an escape room activity where visitors had to solve a series of electronic puzzles in order to receive clues which will help them escape.




Maker_Faire_SG_2016_664Another interesting showcase we saw was the cotton candy shooter brought in by One Maker Group (OMG) among other projects by OMG such as the misbehaving umbrella and the hovercraft. Both children and adults were so excited about it.

Maker Faire Singapore 2016 was such a great success, thanks to all the makers and the public who took time to come down to SUTD to join in these 2 days of fun. We would like to thank all the makers and community partners who made the Faire a success and helped in the exponential growth of the Faire. We hope to see you again in the future editions of Maker Faire Singapore.

How to assemble the Maker Faire Robot

If you have received the maker kit of a paper robot at Maker Faire Singapore, here are the assembly instructions

Design your own 3D paper toy using free and easy to learn tools like Tinkercad and pepekura


Merlion’s Magic Garden – A Yarnbombing SG community project

This is the third year of yarnbombing at Maker Faire Singapore. Read the interview with Yarnbombing SG to find out more about this amazing craft project!

This year, you are making a really huge 3m x 2m project. What is it going to be?

Mona: Our project for Maker Faire is Merlion’s Magic Garden.  It is centred around the 3m by 2m picture of Merlion, which will be completed before Maker Faire 2016 and showcased there.

Its garden will be a continuing work in progress throughout the Maker Faire weekend. We invite visitors to come and contribute to it. Anything on a garden theme and that has been crocheted/knitted are welcome.

Can you share with us some basic information on the idea creation, the planning and the actual execution?

Mona: Three of us started brainstorming in November 2015. Yaney put the ideas together and came up with the final design. She couldn’t make it any smaller without affecting the design. So we decided to believe that the community will come together to make 2200 squares and THEY DID!!  We’ve received squares from Singapore, Malaysia and UK.

Work started in January 2016.  We met monthly  but many contributors made their squares at home and mailed in their squares.

Who are the people who contributed to this project?

Mona: There are a mix of people who participate in our projects.  Some are expert crocheters and enjoy our concept which is a different application of crochet. Some have just picked up the craft and enjoy the wacky ideas that bounce around the group.  Its much more fun to craft together.


How did the LED collaboration came about?

Mona: We have been collaborating with OneMaker Group (OMG) since Q4 2015 to create projects that have the element of electronics and textile, and we eventually gave birth to LEDmon (#LEDMON). They were keen to chip in when we shared our concept with them and are looking to breathe interactivity to the Merlion!


Yarnbombing SG Core Team and Robin (OMG)

Activity at Yarnbombing SG booth @ Maker Faire Singapore

Mona: We will be teaching  how to crochet flowers throughout the Faire. Learn, take one away and make one for Merlion.


We also have 2 scheduled workshops where we teach how to crochet 3D bees or mushrooms. Sign up at Crochet 3D Bees/Mushrooms.

We will also have a “Find US” puzzle for Maker Faire visitors. There will be a gift for those who can find them (while stocks last)!


Call to action

Mona: Yarnbombing SG would also like to call out for crafters who would like to donate 3D amigurumi to Merlion’s garden and the Find US puzzle activity. Just approach the volunteers at the booth!

Don’t forget that Maker Faire Singapore (5th edition!) will be taking place this weekend (25 & 26 June 2016) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, between 10am to 6pm. See you there!

iCare: Cognizant workshop 26th June, 1.45pm to 3.15pm

26th June, 1.45pm to 3.15pm Register

The workshop will showcase the transformation that can be expected in healthcare where existing solutions and systems will be merged and simplified to guarantee high levels of health care. Cognizant supplies IT solutions to many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and health-care providers, and we have identified several exciting areas where the truly connected health-care sector is taking shape. In particular, the rapid technical developments within social networks, mobile devices, data analysis, cloud solutions and sensors are creating several exciting possibilities for hospitals, health-care providers, health-care recipients and the preventative care market. The workshop will showcase and demo a few examples of upcoming possibilities for the health-care sector.


The connected hospital

The Internet of Things and a wide standardisation of communication protocols have paved the way for new technology platforms where everything from health technology, measuring instruments and mobile devices can communicate with one another. A good example of this is the iCare project. iCare is an ambitious software project that lets health-care employees use tablets to access patients’ health status information in real time. By using wearable sensors and connected medical equipment that measure vital functions such as blood pressure and blood count, the staff can do more than just make their rounds. Now they can monitor their patients’ health status remotely and be notified quickly of any changes that may be warning signs of a decline in patient health.

Sensors are another exciting area of innovation within the health-care sector. Today we have micro cameras that can be swallowed to give physicians amazing insights. Thousands of images are recorded whilst the camera travels through the patient’s intestinal system, which helps the physician make a diagnosis and identify problem areas.

The connected patient

Today’s technology lets patients play an active role in their own health care and rehabilitation. Patients can use consumer-adapted sensor technology, such as connected blood pressure and blood sugar measuring equipment, to track their own values and see how their treatments are affecting them. By keeping patients updated on their disease developments and actively providing input on their treatment, they become more invested in their own recovery. This reduces the amount of cases of patients who do not adhere to their medication programmes. The overall results include higher levels of patient engagement, fewer follow-ups and reduced health-care costs.


The connected preventative care market


An important part of the rehabilitation process is motivating people to make health-conscious life choices and seek care as early as possible. The use of health bracelets and apps can motivate individuals to live in a more healthy fashion. This new sensor technology can be used with gamification in order to increase the individual’s health consciousness and encourage healthy life choices such as meal planning.


The Internet of Things has created new possibilities for hospitals to increase the effectiveness of their employee resourcing and information sharing. Wearable sensors give patients a lot of information-based feedback on their health data, and can play an important part in improved rehabilitation and preventative care. Sensors, mobile apps and gamification can therefore enable the health-care sector to make huge advances in the long-term improvement of people’s health.


The massive amounts of data generated in the health-care sector today can give us countless insights — We just need to utilise them properly.

The Autodesk Gallery comes to Maker Faire Singapore

From the buildings we live and work in to the machines that propel us forward to the products that enrich our lives, we live in a designed world.

Bringing together stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe, the Autodesk Gallery celebrates the creative process and shows how people are using new technology to imagine, design, and create a better world.

The SCDF Red Rhino comes to Maker Faire Singapore


HOPE Technik‘s showcase for Maker Faire Singapore includes the Red Rhino and a 3 hour long Its Alive! Mini Robotics workshop where you can learn to build your own robot.

The Maker Faire Singapore Learning Passport

One of the primary cornerstones of the Maker Movement is the learning mindset that makers have and which we hope to spread through the Faire. We are therefore very happy to announce an exciting initiative for Maker Faire Singapore 2016, in collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Council and the LearnSG seed fund.


How it works

Step 1: Get a learning passport at the information counters

learnSG passport

Step 2: Make

Try your hand and making something and pick a new skill

Step 3: Snap

Snap a photo of your creation

Step 4: Share

Share it on Facebook of Instagram using the hashtag #LearnSG

Step 5: Print

Now head to the photobooth to print your photo.

What you can make. All activities are free of charge for Maker Faire Singapore attendees

Light Puppet Theatre. Learn about light and shadows in this DIY shadow puppet theatre. Bring it home for hours of fun for children.


String Art- String art teaches you that Science, Maths and Art are not very far about. Get an appreciation for geometry and patterns through this fun craft, and make a little bookmark

string art


Learn the skill of soldering –  a key skill for any maker.


Paper Quilling-Coils of paper glued into beautiful shapes. Learn this addictive craft from the simplest of everyday materials.


Blink a bottle –Look at the lights on these bottles! learn about basic decoupage and make these little night lanterns

blink a bottle

Yarn bombing: Street art with yarn – and make these little critters, one to bring home and one for the community


Curious Design Network – Learn about empathy when you make something for someone. Design a notebook or a coaster, this time for a friend.

curious design

This project is supported by the LearnSG seed fund




Digigirlz @ Maker Faire Singapore

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives middle and high school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

Happening at Maker Faire Singapore LT4 on 25th June 2016, 10am to 1pm. Register Now!


Microsoft Logo

Jessica Wong DigiGirlz – Past, Present and Future


Introduction to Computational Thinking

Lesly Goh – Director of Analytics, Microsoft APAC Girl Power in IT – How I started my infocomm journey
Networking Tea Break
Jessica Wong, Shuna Khoo, Candy Wong An Hour of Code Workshop – Everyone starts somewhere
Gary Lim Closing Remarks

Every day is a funfair with the One Maker Group and the Singapore Maker Association

So, you have seen the crafters and the tech enthusiasts. You have met our young makers. You understand that the maker movement is a combination of crafting, technology, Science and sheer audacity. Our community partners from the One Maker Group bring new meaning to this term, with a bunch of pretty crazy projects.

Here is a sneak preview into some scenes that have been going on in the labs for the past weeks.


Modular Hovercraft

Designed and developed by 13 year old Karthikey, The Hovercraft Team does not want to just glide humans along the ground with its hovercraft, it wants to glide everything else too. With its modular design, you can do things like hover-ball (football), bumper-craft (bumper cars) and even laser-craft (laser tag), and each module can be switched out for you to customise your own fun and unique experience.

Plastic Injection machine

Inspired by Precious Plastic, the team will be melting plastic waste and  remoulding them into all manner of plastic products with their self-made plastic injection machine. Over the past few weeks, the team has also been caught melting aluminium, so who knows what else they have up their sleeves…?



If you like tiny smartphone holograms, then you’re going to love the massive holographic display that the team is working to bring to you this Maker Faire. And you can own your own DIY hologram kit too!

Misbehaving umbrellas


Don’t go near the umbrellas! Inspired by how humans only notice machines and their importance when they misbehave, these silly shades have been rigged to react to humans in all the wrong ways. Be sure to approach them with an open mind, because these not-so-open umbrellas will make sure you will never see them the same way again.

Cotton Candy Shooter

Think Spider-Man, but with cotton candy. Inspired by none other than Spider-Man’s amazing web-shooting skills, this team of sweet folks wants to make you as sweet as themselves by spraying you with streams of cotton candy! Their one-of-a-kind cotton candy shooter is a combination of molten sugar, rapid bursts of air, the Bernoulli Effect – and many hours of sticky fun.



Co-developed with HomeFix XPC. Inspired by Man-At-Arms videos and DIY blacksmiths, the team is creating their very own take on the blacksmithing experience using everyday
materials. Visitors can expect to try their hand at either hammering steel at the team’s hot forge or shaping aluminium and copper at their cold forge.

Smart Health and Smart Homes at Maker Faire Singapore


The world of digital business calls for increasing proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Cognizant believes that sparking an interest in STEM education among young people is crucial to meeting the demands of an innovation economy. As part of our endeavor to help close the talent gap in STEM fields, encourage creativity and innovation, and prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s opportunities, we have been a supporter of the Maker movement and are now a proud sponsor of Maker Faire Singapore, 2016.


At Maker Faire Singapore 2016, we will offer a real-time, interactive experience in next-generation digital technology such as the Internet of Things (IOT) and demonstrate how it will impact Singapore’s Smart Nation vision.

Cognizant offers IOT consulting, strategy, implementation, and operational support to help simplify the complexities of IOT and leverage it to address a wide range of social and business concerns. Our managed innovation process helps take ideas from the drawing board to prototype, and then scales the best ones rapidly with our proven global delivery model. We bring together the right blend of industry knowledge, strategy, design thinking and technology capabilities to help companies seamlessly unite their physical and virtual worlds.

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Smart Home with Raspberry Pi

Powered by the latest technology in the field of IOT Raspberry Pi, Smart Home lets you control various home appliances with your hand phone or laptop. Our aim is to spark creativity among young minds by getting them to experience hands-on building of their own smart home using coding and Raspberry Pi console.

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Smart Health

Cognizant will demonstrate how IOT is all set to transform healthcare as we know it. We will demonstrate how your private physiotherapist may soon be available at your service anytime, anywhere. Here we will leverage gaming platforms and devices such as Microsoft Kinect to monitor and correct physical movements in Physiotherapy. People can perform prescribed exercises as shown on a TV panel in the convenience of their homes. At Maker faire, you will get to experience it first-hand. We will also demonstrate other IOT devices in healthcare.