Imagine an old umbrella which connects to the Internet every morning and tells you whether you should take it with you or not... Essential under the gloomy Parisian skies, no?
This is exactly what Make It Up is all about! Creating the objects of tomorrow using the objects of yesterday.
Make It Up is an event which will take place in December 2012 in Saint-Ouen, north of Paris. Those of us who believe that we can build the intelligent & connected objects of tomorrow using yesterday's "junk" are more than welcome to participate and contribute!
1/ The Event
Make It Up has two discrete phases:
Step 1: MAKEATHON, December 1-2-3 at Mains d'Oeuvres, Saint-Ouen
For three days, designers, engineers, artists, handymen... will work together in multi-disciplinary teams to create their prototypes of open, useful, sustainable and connected objects.
To their aid will come a mini-fablab (3D printers, laser-cutter, ...) as well as "junk" from the local recycling center and objects which their kind masters (i.e. locals from Saint-Ouen) chose to abandon.
Step 2: EXHIBITION, December 8-9, Marché Malassis
Prototyping is not enough! We believe that an intelligent object is nothing without its user. For this reason, we open up all creations to the public at the local flea market!
The public will play, laugh and experiment with the prototypes under the guidance of their creators. There will be music, performaces, talks, all, right before the festive December holidays!
If you have always dreamt of building a chair that can talk, transform an old TV in a tweeting aquarium, hack a lamp so that it becomes a weather station at home... Make It Up is your one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finally give birth to a useful, sustainable and connected prototype.
2/ The Team
We are a collective of companies active in the fields of Internet of Things & Up-cycling:
Nod-A, which is leading the project, creates innovative set-ups to help companies innovate.
weave AIR is a strategy and innovation consulting firm that aims to design and promote new models of responsibility and sustainability for companies.
FING is a non-profit organization that creates, detects and shares novel and actionable ideas to anticipate digital transformations.
reaDIYmate creates new objects that can connect to the Internet.
MakingSociety is a media website specialized in Open Hardware and digital fabrication.
Wiithaa is a network and platform for upcycling designers.
We also count in the team:
Plaine Commune that gather 8 cities in the North of Paris.
The City of Saint-Ouen where the event will take place.
We are already working hard on the project. Partners are embarking our ship: