Miami Maker Faire celebrated its 10th annual event on April 15-16 at the University of Miami’s Watsco Center, sponsored by Watsco. Co-produced by Watsco Ventures Director Mario Cruz, the two-day exhibition aimed to inspire and develop future entrepreneurs, STEM enthusiasts, and creators through innovation and creativity.
Featuring over 125 exhibits, attendees were able to engage in hands-on workshops, view live demonstrations, and learn about exciting research projects from several Miami Dade schools. From 3D printing to robotics, DIY electronics to virtual reality and drone obstacle courses, the event was a hub of inventiveness and inspiration.
By showcasing cutting-edge technology and innovation in the field of HVAC and beyond, Maker Faire Miami is helping to break down the stereotypes and preconceived notions about what it means to work in the industry. It shows future programmers and contractors that technology is the great equalizer, and that there are exciting opportunities for those who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and technical fields.
For Watsco, this event is also about inspiring and recruiting the best and brightest talent to work in the HVAC industry. By highlighting the latest advancements in the field, we hope to attract a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about using technology to solve real-world problems.
Finally, it’s about giving back to the community. An all-new Maker education zone provided Miami Dade Public School Steam and Title 1 educators with free entry to the Faire and a series of professional development talks and workshops. The Faire also hosted international industry leaders who shared their experience and inspired young local makers through “Maker Talks”. Featured speakers included Michael Sayman, tech prodigy and former Facebook Engineer, and Dr. Madeline Gannon, a World Economic Forum cultural leader and one of the “Top 10 Women in Robotics ” who owns research studio ATONATON.
Exhibits from Miami Dade College, FIU, and the University of Miami showcased the breadth of innovation in Miami’s STEAM field in higher education. The event brought together dozens of community organizations and non-profits, from Miami Dade public libraries to Dibia Dream, Code Art, Miami EdTech, CSTA, and more.
Watsco’s sponsorship of Maker Faire Miami is a testament of its ongoing efforts to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration and inspire the next generation of HVAC professionals.
Learn more at miami.makerfaire.com.