On April 6, a DIY festival Beirut Mini Maker Faire was held in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, a little nation in the Middle East. This was the first held in Beirut. The advancement of creative ideas rooted in Lebanon and a sincere exchange of views on the startup scene was seen.
East meets west
Lebanon is well understood cultural and historical location, the nation situated at the Mediterranean sea meets the culture between east and west. Phoenician people are part of the roots of Lebanese, they were the very first to utilize iron and steal in the history of people.
It is not a big nation, but it has lots of intricate cultures, with 4,26,000 individuals in the location.
In the city filled with stunning structures, mosques and churches are everywhere, and in the church I visited, I was praying to Jesus Christ in Arabic. That is the history of Lebanon.
The gorgeous city named Beirut, another name is “Paris in the middle east”, the capital of Lebanon and their running the first Mini Maker Faire Beirut on 6th Aplil 2019.
Craft/ Technology/ Industrial … Beirut Mini Maker Faire Throughout Numerous Neighborhoods
Omar Hussein, among the organizers BMMF, states: “There are many hardware enthusiasts in Lebanon, but regrettably there is not adequate motion to connect each other. The Middle East and North Africa nations around Lebanon had more opportunities, and there were more exhibitors and individuals, so we were able to connect with more individuals.”
I think that the very first edition of Beirut Mini Faire was terrific! The ambiance, the makers, the attendees, whatever was an excellent fit. We have actually also gotten a great deal of positive feedback. Individuals are already asking when is the next faire going to be.
There’s a great deal of hardware enthusiasts/makers’ potential in Lebanon but sadly, insufficient of focus on it. So the maker faire came in to:
– Convene and adjoin makers from around Lebanon and MENA area
– Connecting makers from Lebanon, MENA area with numerous stakeholders
– Present exhibitors with investment chances
– Enhance the potential of Lebanese makers through series of technical skills workshops => much better prepared experienced workforce
– Support local tech, hands-on, and hardware based businesses => motivate “Made In Lebanon” driven economy over service driven economy
– Move idea of in-house manufacturing for companies with standardized products
The BMMF hosted by Antwork, a coworking space in the Beirut, Beit al Atlas likewise. Berytech and others of the entrepreneurial neighborhood, it was not a large-scale faire, with just 80 pairs of exhibitors a day, but in Lebanon and Beirut Showing the nature of the city, it was a location where various neighborhoods fulfilled and blended. It’s not a totally free ticket, and 300 paid visitors are a great success.
Lebanon is a country with a custom of handicrafts that produces exceptional designers. With such a neighborhood in the background, BMMF was an event where various handicrafts were prominent.
Coworking area Beit Al Atlas hosted me and Chibitronics CEO Jie Qi. This is likewise a multicultural maker area, and various parties gather at the celebration.
Designers present handmade items
Beirut has the face of a literary city with 21 universities. A variety of projects that typically remained in university research were given the Maker Fair, attracting the attention of visitors.
BMMF also has Maker Faire’s goodness.
Obviously, DIY hobbyists, Tokyo and others that can be discovered in Maker Faire anywhere in the world are also showing at BMMF. The makers of the Lebanese PCB neighborhood tell me that they order from Shenzhen in China,
He revealed me a board made of numerous things, such as “Always utilize the service of Shenzhen such as Combination PCB and PCBWay!”
They study drones at university, and when I point my cam at the drone, they fly slowly towards me to get a great shot.
The organizer, Omar, remembers the event, “I wished to make an occasion as early as possible, and I desired to make it a mix of designers and artists, pastimes and professionals, and those.”
Session: Hardware Companies Make More Sustainable Company Operations
Various panel discussions were held throughout the day in the meeting room in the hall, but the focused session was held by Band Market founder of worldwide hardware incubator HAX alumni, Bassam “Hardware is Difficult” session.
Bassam is effectively growing the company with two effective Kiskstarter projects, $ 178,000(the first generatio n, 2013) and $ 500,000(the 2nd generation, 2017), on hardware that automates the tuning of guitars called Roadie He spoke about hardware startups in Lebanon:
I began in Silicon Valley in 2009 and returned to Lebanon in2012 In 2014, he joined HAX to travel to Shenzhen, China, and has because been frequented by Shenzhen.
Of course the hardware itself is made in void. There is no hardware environment such as plastic outside, PCB trim, wireless accreditation, etc. It is challenging to move models including such partners outside of Shenzhen.
Nevertheless, such an environment is only in Shenzhen and a couple of other locations, and except for some places, it is not “where better than Lebanon”. And in hardware business, there are various parts in addition to their manufacture, and you need to do everything effectively.
Prototyping to focus in item ideas, and marketing that targets the world are no different than anywhere else, even in Lebanon. There are German engineers in my business, however if we were based in Germany, the expense of the company would be excessively high.
In China’s eco system, the cost might not be as various as there is in Lebanon, but the lifestyle there is not at all helpful for thinking about the principles.
Here in Lebanon, the business can run without stress, including the ease of work, the ease of discovering a partner who can inform the story, and expense control. Because hardware start-ups have a lot to do, it is essential to operate in an environment where you have control.
He talked about running a hardware startup in Lebanon, and also asked concerns from the place: “Ending up being a business owner, I think it’s going to alter a great deal of things in life and be a long option,” “What is the disadvantage?”
It was a big applause from the hall that they answered, “It is the very best reward to discover different things and to keep discovering now. The drawback is that you could not get rich excessive …”.
Everyone is imaginative and everybody is techie: Aya Bdeir, Little Bits CEO
Another highlight of the BMMF is the hands-on workshop on soldering, programs, etc., all around the location.
Technology and start-up culture spread across borders, and refining innovation and imagination is the act of unlocking to your life anywhere in the world.
All the BMMF workshops that were held for various ages were very successful.
Multilingual Lebanese work around the world. Aya Bdeir, who got Ph.D. at MIT Media Laboratory and was the founder of Bits, a world-renowned educational toy, is the representative.
The BMMF venue, Antwork, is a co-working area/ workplace show many business (many software application and service companies), and also has a maker space, Lamba Laboratory inside.
On the wall of the maker space, Aya’s words “Everybody is creative and everyone is techie” are noted. I felt that it is a term that points to the future of Lebanon with a clear objective.
Much of the main members of BMMF, such as Bassam, Omar, and others mentioned above, are members of this Lamba Laboratory, and they are gotten in touch with more individuals by opening a maker faire, and take part in numerous fields such as skills, business, financial investment, and research. It can be said that the BMMF’s greatest function has been achieved when each person has expanded their possibilities.
This report originally published in Japanese at the tsumug edge website Masakazu Takasu spoke with and wrote both Japanese and English.