Maker Faire Hannover Next Weekend: Meet Papa Raspi Eben Upton!


When 3D printers are in top form in Hannover, cosplayers meet droids from Star Wars, programming and soldering are everywhere, robots enter the ring and everyone is talking about Arduino, ESP, Raspberry & Co., then Maker begins Faire! In what is now the second largest Maker Faire in the world, more than 1,000 makers return to Hanover as exhibitors after last year’s forced pandemic pause and restart, showcasing their creative and innovative designs across more than 200 booths. A preview of some highlights can be seen in the video:


The good news: they’re still there Visitor tickets in the online shop have. Adults pay 19.50 euros for a day ticket, reduced 14.50 euros. Family tickets are available from EUR 28.00. Admission is free for children under 10 – and there’s plenty on offer for them too, more on that in a bit. The Maker Faire Hannover will take place on 19 and 20 August 2023 in the Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) with a total of around 7000 square meters of exhibition space in the Niedersachsenhalle, Eilenriedehalle, Glashalle and the Future Meeting Space on the upper floor and especially on the adjacent outdoor area. It is open on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.

A very special highlight is the lecture by Eben Upton, one of the fathers of the Raspberry Pi and head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Sunday 20 August from 11:00 in the Future Meeting Space on the top floor of the HCC, will provide insights into the development and future of the RP2040, to be released in 2021, and the Raspberry Pi Pico, the first proprietary chip for the first a Foundation microcontroller.

Just in time for the Maker Faire, Raspberry Pi classics are back in stores – as promised by Eben Upton in June – at reasonable prices. We can already anticipate that Raspis will also be available for purchase at the Maker Faire in Hanover, certainly at heise shop (stand 99 in the Eilenriedehalle). However, the number of items is limited, so only one of the coveted single-board computers will likely be sold per person.


Learning to weld, making pottery, tinkering with wood and felt, an individual compliment from LOB-O-MAT get printed and put your name on Lego bricks, snap a picture of yourself in a Star War pose, build a geodome or compete in digital tennis and there’s lots more for kids under 10 to touch and try the Maker Faire.

In order for families to find just the right thing for the little ones, directories are available in the entrance area of ​​the Eilenriedehalle at the press desk and at the information desk listing all activities suitable for children. There is also a short rally for children up to 14, which runs through the whole site and where you can win family tickets to the upcoming Maker Faire Hannover 2024, Makeys soft toys, t-shirts and welding kits. Registration forms for the event are also available at the press desk and at the information desk.

Anyone who would like to get an overview in advance of who will be there, where and what is on offer at the individual stands can now do so on the Maker Faire Hannover website under Meet the creators Do. Even that lesson plan is now online – on both days it starts just after half past ten and the topics of the twenty minute lectures range from cosplay, energy saving and antenna building to electronics and programming and 3D printing to the IoT Geiger counter. As in the past, there will be a meet-and-greet of well-known YouTubers live on stage on Sunday from 12.15pm to 1.30pm.

Naturally, the Make editorial team will also be present again at the Maker Faire: visit us at booth 81 in the Eilenriedehalle, tell us about your Maker projects and experiences, ask your questions or simply tell us how you like our magazine, our online articles service, our Youtube videos and our social media appearances – what you like, but also what we can do better. We appreciate your feedback! And we are particularly pleased if you will write for us as authors. Talk to us at the booth with your article suggestions or join Peter König’s short presentation of the Make editorial staff on Sunday 20 August at 3.15pm on the topic “How to write for the German magazine Make” for a compact overview of the start from idea to the printed article. The editors are looking forward to seeing you – see you in Hanover!


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