Maker Faire Rome: the Weekend
We are so proud.
While we were amazed and excited by the people’s reaction to EarthBeat on Friday, we were absolutely overwhelmed by it during the weekend. In the first hours of Saturday we already gave away all of the project flyers and most of the business cards. Everyone was staring at each other, wide-eyed, but with a big smile as we realized that our project was going to get some attention. Later, we managed to print some more flyers, thanks to the help of our booth neighbour (thanks again, Pier!), but they disappeared quickly, too!
You can see the LCD display here.
Aljaž was trying to use a touchscreen LCD to display the waveform.
Some people were more interested at the “hack in progress” sign…
Everyone was busy explaining EarthBeat’s details to anyone interested, we even took turns for lunch, some people eating and the others talking (on a side note, the ones eating attracted a lot of people by wolfing slices right there in the booth, and yes, phrases like oh look, they invented pizza! and are you 3D printing pizza now, tee hee were heard).
The fish was THIS big! I swear! No, we were really talking about something else…
Maker Faire Rome is the perfect place to meet makers, so Aljaž and Arturo were walking around to hunt for interesting projects and new connections. There was a group of people launching rockets, radiation detection using PIN photodiodes, lots of 3D printers and robots.
This thing was huge. Like three meter huge.
Not very far from us there was a booth titled Restart Project, with a white wrench on black logo. We met Ugo, one of the founders, who told us about their work and the events known as Restart Parties. There, people bring all their broken stuff and together, they try to fix everything, and learn how to do it from others. This is a brillant idea, and we were thinking of doing something similar for quite a while!
We met some geophysicists that worked at the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology, who were very interested in our project and shared tips and methods on how to improve on our sensor. One of them invited us to their workplace, and so we even managed to take a look at the National Seismic Observatory control room!
We were one of the lucky makers that got a sample of Intel’s newest creation, their Galileo board. The CEO in person gave it to us after its presentation! The Galileo has a Pentium processor that runs Yocto Linux, but it can be programmed directly from the Arduino IDE, and has a shield-compatible pinout.
On Thursday we had a lessons learned meeting where we discussed everything that we did good or could do better, and some good food from the famous “da Gianni” restaurant helped to keep us focused until late in the night.