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.
Growing developer community
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.
とりあえずkinoma createを使ってラジコン作る。 pic.twitter.com/ATVy0ByGxS
— よつめ (@yotume) August 13, 2015
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.
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.
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. Thanks to everyone at Make: Japan, our developers, and all the attendees for a fantastic Maker Faire Tokyo experience. We will see again soon!