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  • The 1st Tartu Mini Maker Faire was a Hit !

    Posted on September 29th, 2014 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    Who could of thought that instead of 50 makers we have 150 in the house! That’s what happened in Tartu last Friday, where all sorts of tech enthusiasts , design gurus & arty people gathered for the first  Mini Maker Faire  at Ahhaa Science Centre to show what they have got ! It was a bit lauzy start at 10am but full beam by 12 noon with the mainstream media and tabloids making their interviews & stories. As part of the team I also prepared for this since last spring asking many inventors to join the faire and so they did :)

    Tartu Maker Faire 2014 on full beam …

    After opening words by Andres Juur  Ahhaa project manager the show was on with workshops and intros at the main stage. We had many new inventors & makers on the board but also well known ones like Fits.me and Timber Diameter + we had guest makers from Latvia, Sweden, Russia and even from USA. The latvian inventor Rims Vaitkus had brought his Wave Machine to the show and Rudolfs Drevinskis made incredible bird nests from the birchtree logs. Then we had our very own taylormade bike-masters :  Riho Leppik with his RixBikes , Raino Sinisalu & his unique Raybike and also hobby-inventor Allan Rosenberg with his electric  Chop-e  which got the eye of many visitors by its groovy design. Then we had the old master Gabriel Passov playing his Chord Viola at the stage with his band KAGB and Dr. Arved Vain checking out the muscles with his clever Myoton. There was also Kalev Essenson showing off his boat Cumulus , Aavo Murutalu taking photos with his 3D photoshop,  and Tartu Da Vinci Hando Kruuv introducing his brand-new Pendulum in Vacuum Chamber for the first time in publicFrom the arty ones got my eye Grafodroom girls & Ott Pilipenko, who had combined Skating board with the T-shirt printing facility …

    It surely was a superb place for all ages to discover the latest inventions & designs by  inventors , craftsman, robot-makers, engineers, science clubs and other free thinkers, who had come to show & sell their works. We had even Science Theatre at the place introducing the laws & tricks of physics. The peoples favourite maker or the winner of 2014 Tartu MMF was the game called “Kolm Elu”.  News story was made by the Postimees and photos were taken by Äripäev. TV interviews were collected by ERR  and by the brandnew channel 8  “Leiundusuudised”

    Tartu Mini Maker Faire as part of the Estonian Researchers’ Night Festival  gathered the makers from the Baltic States for the first time around. By the looks of it we might need a bit bigger house next year  ;)

  • All Eyes On Us

    Posted on June 1st, 2014 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    The NEA Venture Capitalists @Tehnopol, Tallinn

    It might be a little hyped, but surely there are reasons why Estonia has been on the top of the World tech news again. This time it was the BusinessVibes  who wrote about us as the Startup Paradise. Why I’m not surprised is the fact that since I’ve been back to Estonia from 2011, I have met people almost every day who are doing some groovy tech stuff, specially in the digital world.

    US Embassy & American Chamber of Commerce called us together to Tehnopol last Thursday to meet the NEA Venture Capitalists with Yanev Suissa and Alex Oppenheimer on board. The NEA is apparently the Worlds biggest VC firm who has been investing into tech & healthcare more than $11Bn. Is it still the legacy of Skype or just the growing number of startups that has got their eye is hard to say, but probably it’s a bit of both.  So we were sitting there with megabux in the house and listening their advice how to attract big VC company and comments on the pitching contest of top 7 new startups selected by AmCham. Startups were interesting as usual and it seemed that 2 or 3 of them got their eye indeed. Winners were:  DigiFLAK , MRPEasy and Chief Financial Wizard. My personal favoutie was actually the AuthenticateIT.com , which helps you to check out if goods you are buying are real brands and not a counterfeit ones! The app is free to download already & I guess China would love it …

    * As myself I managed to launch the Invention News channel and that was a very first public appearance for us. The show will air weekly @ brandnew TV8starting from the end of June.  Our news-studio is located at the UK Lounge, Tehnopol, wich is the very same place where event was held but more news on this – next time ;)

    Photos & comments on the workshop  can be found @ AmCham Facebook page