Mr. Anon Thongtem,
A professional maker and Technical Manager at Pinn Creative Space
Ten years ago, few people knew about the concept of a ‘maker.’ But after hearing about the concept, Mr. Anon Thongtem, a professional maker and Technical Manager at Pinn Creative Space, became interested in becoming a maker.
His maker career arose from his strong interest in technology and his passion to invent new things. He knew that many people wanted to be a maker, but could not find opportunities to do so. He decided to pursue a maker career with Pinn Creative Space because he wanted to share his maker experience with others and to give them opportunities to invent things.
“I believe that everyone is a maker by nature. There is a perception that makers are those who make use of technology to develop innovations. This is not true. Innovations are derived from thinking, designing and implementation. Makers can create arts or craft by using technology to improve the work procedures
and to save time. They still need maker skills to create a perfect masterpiece,” Anon said.
He added that “the heart of maker culture is trial and error until the final product is completely satisfactory. It helps sharpen your thinking, analysis, experimentation and communication skills. Sometimes we need help from our team members and other makers to share thoughts, experiences and insights. If we provide a platform for makers and the public to meet up, this will strengthen maker community networks in Thailand.”
In his opinion, Thailand’s maker communities and culture will grow stronger because of the support from the Chevron Enjoy Science Project and NSTDA’s effort to improve STEM education for Thai youth. “In the past, maker communities were small, and communication between these communities was limited. Sometimes I wanted to talk to other makers but did not know how to contact them. This posed obstacles to the growth of the maker communities. The Mini Maker Faire event, held by the Chevron Enjoy Science Project and NSTDA, was the starting point for bridging our communities, and it offered great opportunities for makers to share their innovations with others. In addition, the Young Maker Contest opened up new opportunities for new makers to share their passion and helped the maker communities to grow stronger,” Anon shared. He went on to say that “It also offered a stage for Thai youth to practice their skills and apply the knowledge gained from their classroom to invent new things that benefit their communities,” and that he believes the event “will help people to understand that makers are not just robot makers.”
The Maker Faire Bangkok 2018 event in January 2018 will be an exciting event that brings together many makers and showcases amazing inventions.