Maker Faire Rome, in its third year and already a tradition, had a hundred thousand visitors. Students were the protagonists this year: the huge fair was held all over the wide campus of the Sapienza University of Rome.
Real Italian revolutions have had smaller crowds than Maker Faire Rome did. The prestigious Sapienza campus, founded in 1303, was rented, gated and dedicated to the fair’s themes of innovation and new technological futures. Squads of flying drones and giant steel 3DPrinters are certainly a futuristic departure for an Eternal City so heavy with castles, churches and catacombs.
Microsoft, Google, Intel and IBM were much in attendance, while the Sapienza’s leftist students were miffed to find themselves locked outside their own campus gates and forced to pay for tickets to see the hundreds of exhibitors. Sapienza’s employees were also on involuntary holiday, and the joint student-worker protests brought in a further…
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