In the first talk from Open Source Hardware Camp 2015 to go up on YouTube, Hannah Stewart, a Research Associate at the Royal College of Art and an independent researcher, asked the questions:
- What are the promises of the maker movement and does the evidence built up by the research so far prove them?
- What does the research tell us about the differences between the UK and USA maker movement?
- Who is funding all the research and what are their motivations and agendas?
While we're huge proponents of the maker movement, many bold claims have been made as to how it will make a significant contribution to the economy and it has now come to attract the attention of property developers and private investors. As such, these are important questions that must be asked.
For details of Open Source Hardware Camp 2016 and to register visit the event page.