The Minister of Commerce Opens the Third Season of
"MakerFaire Kuwait 2019"
The representative of His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Services Affairs, Khaled Al-Rowdhan, opened the third season of the international exhibition MakerFaire Kuwait 2019 organized by Kuwait Investment Company for the third year running under the patronage of His Highness the Amir, at Hall 8 of the Exhibitions Area in Mushref, lasting from 5 to 9 February.
In a statement to the press, Al-Rodhan said: "The exhibition has remarkably reflects the development of the industrial trades in Kuwait. It is indeed gratifying to see that many owners of these crafts have developed them into income generating business establishments."
He added that the Kuwaiti Government was keen upon looking after these small industries and talents and cater for their needs as some of them have developed into small industries. He called upon young Kuwaitis to visit the Exhibition and benefit from the experience of the exhibitors.
In turn, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Investment Company, Dr. Yousef Al-Ali, emphasized that KIC was keen to support the capabilities of talented young Kuwaitis who are present in large numbers in various fields of activity in the State of Kuwait, particularly in those areas that emerge from the MakerFaire Kuwait 2019 Exhibition.
The Exhibition is organized and held every year, reflecting KIC's full equipment to implement its strategy in the field of social responsibility and sustainable development in order to support all segments of society in such areas as health, education, religious, sports and other aspects of human endeavor.
In a statement to the press at the Exhibition, Al-Ali said: "The Company has started to achieve its objective from holding the Exhibition, for tangible fruits were reaped in the past two years promoted by serious efforts by the Government to support several projects expect to emerge shortly".
Al-Ali expressed thanks to His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his generous patronage that was translated into serious interest in the Exhibition displayed by all institutions of the State. Today, he said, the Exhibition is a platform for industries and innovations realized by young people of different age groups, and is designed to support and develop those industries and innovations in order for them to become major projects that contribute to the development and growth of the local industry and the country's progress, within the New Kuwait 2035 vision.
He disclosed the support and adoption of an innovative project: a sensor that detects the risks to individuals with diabetes. The device has already been admitted within the country's business incubators as a step toward providing it with support by the National Fund for the Development of Small and Medium Projects, in order to enable the manufacture and marketing of the device that has been invented by a number of students of the Faculty of Engineering at Kuwait University and have actively sought to transform their innovation into a business project at a later stage.
The larger number of participations in the present season from Kuwait and other countries underscore the success of the Exhibition and its remarkable achievement6 year after year. The number of participants rose by 40% this year compared to last year. Participations from other countries increased to 13: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, India, Italy and the USA.
Al-Ali went on to say that this year's exhibition witnessed the presence of academic partners such as the American University in Kuwait, Kuwait University and the American University of the Middle East.
He added that 500 projects were submitted for admission and 147 of them were accepted for participation in the various fields covered by the Exhibition, of which 61 were technology projects including electronics, mechanics, virtual reality and applications. There were 60 technical projects including clay carving, sand forming, wood art and metal carving. 14 projects, including a number of submissions in the field of education aesthetics, and there were 12 admissions in the field of heritage and music, trades and heritage.
Al-Ali stated that Kuwait Investment Company has adopted the deepening of anew culture in society to look after Maker Faire in order to highlight the innovations and works of young Kuwaitis and GCC citizens These endeavors combine modern technology with manual trades within an international conglomeration characterized by collaborations of major national institutions of both the public and the private sectors with a view to serve and promote this industry that may become a source of income and a factor for the growth of our country by contributing to promoting the emblem "Made in Kuwait", through the provision of support and patronage.
The Best 9 Projects
Al-Ali stated that the events of the Exhibition include participation by members of the public and visitors by voting on the best participating projects, for cash prizes of US $ 20,000 were designated for 9 projects to be selected by a jury selection and by the votes of visitors to the Exhibition (50% for each). Voting will be made through a special smart phone application developed for the MakerFaire Kuwait Exhibition. Visitors can only vote during their presence at the Exhibition.
He added that MakerFaire exhibitions will be held in 44 countries around the world during 2019, and that 88 versions of the Exhibition will be held this year. In a number of countries the Exhibition will be held in several cities simultaneously. As such, it will mark a shift toward new concepts that allow increased opportunities for growth and advanced for societies. For this reason, Kuwait Investment Company has adopted this event that perfectly suits the New Kuwait Vision 2035. KIC promotes the MakerFaire concept in order to support and promote the innovative projects of talented and energetic young people in our beloved country, Kuwait.
Al-Ali commended the support extended by the 13 sponsors of MakerFaire Kuwait 2019 – institutions and companies of both the public and private sectors. This number reflects a remarkable improvement over the past two years. These sponsors included National Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Telecommunications Company (VIVA), Kuwait Airways Corporation, Kuwait International Fair Co., Gas and Oil Fields Services Company, National Industries Company, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, ACECO for industries, Industrial Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Bothat Company, Printa Advertising and Al-Rai Media.
He explained that MakerFaire, with the increased number of participants, has become the largest of its kind in the Middle East. I underlines the progress of Kuwait Investment Company over several decades inn promoting sustainable social development and supporting all segments of society, particularly the projects of young Kuwaitis. In this regard, KIC is inspired by the guidelines of His Highness the Amir to look after our young people because they are the makers of the future.
9 Workshops at MakerFaire 2019
The events of the third season of MakerFaire Kuwait 2019 include workshops directly in front of the public:
- Do It Yourself
- Drawing by Wood Burning
- Soap Making
- Building Weapons from Plastic Pipes
- Smart Home
- Electrical Wiring Workshop
- Electronic Welding
Educational workshops (application in education and the production of interactive educational aids) in addition to more than 3 leisure workshops for the public).