Chevron Thailand and MOST organize “Maker Faire Bangkok 2018”
Chevron Thailand cooperated with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and partners launched “Maker Faire Bangkok 2018”, Southest Asia’s largest exhibition of inventions and innovations, on January 20-21, 2018, in front of The Street Ratchada. The event aims to support the growth of the maker culture in Thailand and strengthen the foundation for producing quality human resources in the areas of STEM, which will be crucial in shaping Thailand into an innovation-driven society under the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy.
Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Science and Technology, said “The Ministry of Science and Technology aims to transform Thailand into a Makers Nation, that uses technologies and innovations to drive the country forward in a strong, wealthy and sustainable way under the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy. The ministry is delighted that NSTDA and its partners have joined Chevron Thailand in holding the Maker Faire Bangkok and expects that this activity will help raise awareness and kindle interest in the maker culture among youngsters and the general public and inspire them to create their own inventions, marking the beginning of a strong innovation-driven society in the future.”
Pairoj Kaweeyanun, president, Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd., said “We are very pleased and proud to continually support the maker culture in Thailand through the ‘Chevron Enjoy Science’ project in collaboration with the public and private sectors under the ‘public-private partnership policy’ to sustainably enhance the country’s competitiveness through our support of STEM education both in and outside the classroom. The project has long collaborated with partners, especially NSTDA and NSM, to promote the maker culture through a wide range of activities.”
Attracting more than 10,000 visitors, makers from across Asia are exhibiting their inventions and sharing their knowledge and experiences at Maker Faire Bangkok 2018. Highlights included the “Electric Parade,” a parade of lights and sounds, the “Tuk-Tuk Racing” VR Game, and an exhibition of cutting-edge inventions by Japanese makers, as well as workshops where visitors can have fun creating their own inventions as makers.
Moreover, as part of the event, the winners of “Enjoy Science: Young Makers Contest Year 2” on the topic of Innovations for Safer Communities, under the Chevron Enjoy Science project, were also announced at the event. The awards went to Team Muang Hoi Yai from Suratthani Technical College and Team PP Creators from Bangkok Christian College. The winning teams are granted the opportunity to participate in Maker Faire Bay Area, the original and world-class exhibition of inventions by makers in San Francisco, the United States, as well as received other prizes valued at more than 1.2 million baht in total.