Big in Japan: Maker Faire Tokyo 2015

Rachel Bennett

Rachel Bennett

August 14, 2015

Kinoma returned to Maker Faire Tokyo for the second year. We demoed projects developed with Kinoma Create, further promoted JavaScript for hardware, and connected with our developers in Japan.

MFT logo and environment

The event has evolved in the last year. The exhibit area was bigger, an outdoor showcase was added to the Tokyo Big Sight deck, and the dates were moved up from November to August in order to time it with summer break.

Kids at Kinoma booth

We’ve evolved, as well. It was a great opportunity to return with new and more interactive demos, an open source application framework, Kinoma Studio for Linux, and recent news of Kinoma’s JavaScript 6th Edition implementation and introduction of two new hardware prototyping products.

Growing developer community

Switch Science is our retail partner for Kinoma Create sales in Japan. They offered special show pricing on Kinoma Create, and we gave away a complimentary sensor pack with every purchase.

New Developers bar

This was a welcomed incentive for makers to join our growing developer community, including よつめ who’s already deep into building projects on Kinoma’s platform.

Time at the mic

Last year, we ran a packed workshop, giving attendees hands-on experience with Kinoma Create. This year, our engineer Basuke Suzuki took to the Main Stage to present Kinoma’s pro-maker hardware and software, and upcoming product releases. The topic connected with the audience, reflected by a spike in booth traffic and sales afterwards. Basuke Talk

Cocktail reception

The evening prior to Maker Faire Tokyo, we held an intimate cocktail reception for media, early adopters, and partners. While our Maker Faire booth focused on Kinoma Create, the cocktail reception was a chance to show Kinoma Element and Kinoma HD in action. We featured the all-device demo first shown at O’Reilly Solid in San Francisco. The views from our private event room were stunning. There’s nothing like the Tokyo skyline at night. Cocktail Reception bar

Tokyo Big Sight to the Tokyo sights

Between customer meetings, a retail partner workshop, the cocktail reception, and Maker Faire, we somehow managed to take in a few sights around Tokyo. Strolling through the grounds of a shrine was a peaceful way to escape the big city bustle. We navigated our way through the alleys of the Tsukiji fish market for an amazing breakfast (a new Kinoma tradition). And to top off the whole trip, we held a team dinner at the base of the landmark Tokyo Tower. Tourists bar Thanks to everyone at Make: Japan, our developers, and all the attendees for a fantastic Maker Faire Tokyo experience. We will see again soon!