Italy TOOK the spotlight

at the world maker faire 2017 

Fifteen Italian makers and fab labs were showcased on September 23 and 24, 2017 in the Agency's official Italian Pavilion at the World Maker Faire 2017 edition, held at the New York Hall of Science in New York City. The makers covered a wide gamut of offerings ranging from fashion to alternative energy, from sensor technologies to the Internet of Things and to 3-D printers. Their intent was to forge new partnerships and promote their products and services with participants and visitors.

The Italian Government sponsored the country’s Pavilion through the Italian Trade Agency Offices in Rome and Chicago which provided 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 The direct link to the online catalog for the Italian Makers this year’scan be found here.

“We were very excited to be part of Maker Faire 2017, an initiative truly inspired by out of the box thinking. Our esteemed makers reflected in their innovative products and services those changes taking place in the world of manufacturing today”,  said 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.”

World Maker Faire is comprised of five principal pavilion areas, dedicated to electronics, 3-D printing and advanced manufacturing, robotics, training and scientific research. The 2016 New York edition saw over 95,000 visitors and over 950 makers exhibiting.

The Italian pavilion walked away with a "Best Pavilion" award from the editors of the leading magazine for the Maker movement, Make:. Look to see the Italian Pavilion at the 2018 edition of Maker Faire Bay Area being held May 18-20, 2018. Live updates will be available at the Agency's site dedicated to the Italian maker movement,