Maker Faire Zagreb was initiated by Fablab Zagreb in 2019, after successful participation on several Maker Faires around Europe – from Osijek, Ljubljana, Barcelona to Trieste and Vienna. We especially want to thank Maker Faire Vienna and Maker Faire Trieste for their support in helping us organize the first Maker Faire in Zagreb, Croatia.
The idea to organize Maker Faire in Zagreb came about in 2015, but the Osijek one came about first and in 2016 Mini Maker Faire Osijek was started. We supported Osijek through the last few years, but during 2019, unfortunately, Mini Maker Faire Osijek was discontinued, so we started our 1st featured Maker Faire Zagreb in 2019.
FabLab Zagreb and its partner organizations and individuals want to bring this festival of creativity, technology and innovation to Zagreb, spark new ideas and grassroots innovations, motivate and inspire people to work on new and crazy ideas.
Our intention is to spread the spirit of the makers movement as a continuation of the original makers idea started in the USA.
Logo of the first featured Maker Faire Zagreb
The Americans call it „The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth“ – which means that Maker Faire is an inventor’s exhibition, a fun fair and at the same time – something completely new. It is a family-friendly festival of innovation, creativity and technology.
Makers gather here to present their projects to a broad public. They are resourceful DIY-enthusiasts, creative minds, unconventional thinkers or technology experts who enjoy tinkering and can be found in all age groups. They are eager to learn, but they are also mediators of knowledge who like to share their innovations, knowledge and skills. For some exhibitors, participating at Maker Faire has even been a beginning of a successful start-up.
Trying out new things is our main focus. At each Maker Faire there are a lot of interesting hands-on stations complemented by exciting talks and workshops. Education is a big topic here. Kids and students are provided with an understanding of science, technology, new materials and tools in a creative and playful way. Having fun is a big part of everything we try to do in and around our Maker Faire.
Maker Faire concept was conceived in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: Magazine. From then, it has grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more about it on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, and also – how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.