Makers Predict the Future of the Maker Movement (And It May Suprise You)

We asked four "power makers" to share their insight on the maker movement phenomenon and forecast its future.

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3. Makers will drive future innovation.

“Makers have a strong passion for technology, design, art, sustainability, and alternative business models,” according to Massimo Banzi, the Co-Founder of Arduino. Banzi believes, “They live by sharing their interests in online communities, dreaming of inventing self-made products.”

“The maker movement is based on re-use and the sharing of projects and their results, creativity and innovation,” he says.

He attributes the innovation of ‘maker’s throughout history to the future success of the movement. Banzi explains that, “Throughout history, there have been many DIY movements in many different fields. Early personal computers were invented by DIYers, (i.e., Steve Jobs and Wozniak were the ’70s version of a Maker). Cinema directors of the ‘60s part of the “Nouvelle Vague” of French cinema were called “Bricoleurs” (i.e., Tinkerers) because of their  new and unconventional way of making films. Of course, the whole Punk movement is another example.”

“Complex technologies are becoming cheaper and more accessible due to the maker movement. Surely this ability to produce more and more things into digital form at low prices will allow more small businesses to start selling small products made locally and eventually scale up if needed. Now we have to understand what do we do with all this stuff.”


4. Makers will move beyond crafts.

The maker movement is about creation for some entrepreneurs — and it now reaches deep into technology. Kate Hash, a web designer and host of Kate’s Tech Talks, a weekly video show for the website DIYer insists that “it’s about the average person or business owner wanting to create something tangible that makes an impact.”

Hash explains, “in our modern, fast-paced world, I think a lot of people miss that feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes with making something – coming up with an idea and seeing it through to completion.”

For her the maker movement inspiring entrepreneurs to take control of creative control of processes – such as web design and development, things that might not have been of interest a few years ago. Hash insists, “the tools at their disposal now make this possible. As a design and digital strategy professional, I think it elevates everyone’s work.”

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