Bare Conductive meets Massimo Banzi

After 4 years of participating at Maker Faire Rome, we can admit that this was one of the best years because we finally interviewed Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of the Arduino project.

We asked him about ESLOV, new projects, and Maker Faire Rome. So, take a seat and enjoy the interview.

BC: We’re very happy (and I am sure that your community is too) that the difficulties that and have been through over the past couple of years are now resolved. What do you think you have learned through this process that others would benefit from?

MB: Yes – I have learned a lot, but I am not able to tell you about it right now because we are still in the process of settling our differences. We have an agreement – both parties will talk about this, but in due time.

BC: What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen so far at Maker Faire Rome?

MB: Nothing! I don’t get to see the Maker Faire sadly. By being one of the curators, one of the people who started this thing, I basically don’t get to see anything. I do see the projects coming in, though, and this afternoon we are awarding the R.O.M.E. (Rome Outstanding Maker of Europe) prize – a group of makers will receive €100k as a prize to help turn their project into a company.

One of those projects, for example, is an incubator for children. For me, that’s maybe not a sexy project – you know, the shiny LED stuff you see – but on the other hand it’s very important that as makers we try to find cheaper alternatives to very expensive technologies. I do understand why an incubator is expensive – I totally get it – but there are some contexts where people are happy to have a less sophisticated product that can be maintained locally and where the cost is low enough that they can afford to make it themselves. I don’t think that the same solutions always apply globally – different contexts demand different solutions. I wish there was time for me to see the whole Maker Faire though!


Editor’s note: The prize was eventually awarded to Talking Hands, a glove that translates sign language into words.