The Maker Conference aims to bring practitioners of the maker movement with people who are interested to find out more about the role and impact of the movement.
This year, the theme “Learning Through Failures”, explores the importance of failure through the maker movement. Get inspired by talks and hands-on workshops by established makers, artists and STEM professionals who has made a difference in the maker community they each serve.


17th August 2018,  10am – 4pm, Our Tampines Hub, Seminar Room

 Ticket for Maker Conference

Includes full Conference programme, food, complimentary 1-day pass to Maker Faire Singapore 2018 (can be used for Sat or Sun) and a complimentary gift.


Time Schedule
10.00 am Opening of Singapore Maker Conference 2018
10.05 am The role of failure in Making

Speakers and topics:
    • A/Prof Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Board
    • Mr David Li, Co-Founder, Hacked Matter
      • How to fail fast with Shenzhen?
    • Ms Lit Liao, Founder, Litchee Lab
      • Failing your way to success
    • Dr Esther Joosa, Creative Director for Making It Home, Playeum Ltd
      • The Ability to Fail as a 21st Century Learning Skill
    • Ms Sari Atiqa Ramli, Community Lead, Repair Kopitiam
      • Nurturing community learning and cohesion through failure


11.35 am  

Panel Discussion: Fail fast, fail forward


11.50 am  

Lunch Break


1.00 pm  

Makers learn by failing, so should companies” talk by Navyansh Malhotra, student


Parallel session A: 

Maker Education – Sharing & Workshops

Parallel session B:

Tools for makers– Tech and tinkering workshops

1.20 pm

Insights on How to Foster Creative Courage in Primary School Students Through Making, talk by Elda Webb

“Learn to fail” workshop by Isabelle Desjeux
1.40 pm Smart IoT workshop using MIT App Inventor, workshop by David Tseng, CAVEDU Education

2.40 pm

Westwood’s Journey in Making- Turning Ideas Into Fruition, talk by Westwood Primary School
“Learn to fail” workshop by Isabelle Desjeux “How to make almost anything you want” workshop by Digital Fabrication Space, Science Centre Singapore
4.00 pm End of conference




Speaker Speaker’s Bio

David Li,

Hacked Matter

David Li has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a research hub on maker movement and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker community. He is also the executive director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab, which facilitates the collaboration between global smart hardware entrepreneurs and Shenzhen Open Innovation ecosystem.

Lit Liao,

Litchee Lab

Lit Liao, founder of Litchee Lab, is a passionate advocator of MakerEd as a new way to teach. She launched Litchee Lab in 2014 to explore how maker culture can benefit local community. Litchee Lab believes everyone is creative, and provides a curriculum combining design thinking, fab academy and local insight to help students master the skill to transform their ideas into reality. So far Litchee Lab has been partnered up with more than 50 schools, universities and museums locally and internationally to integrate maker spirit into teaching activities.

Dr Esther Joosa, Playeum

Dr Esther Joosa is an arts practitioner, educator, researcher and arts advocate, and has lived in Singapore for the past 29 years. Her specialisms include the arts in education of young adults with cognitive disabilities, mentoring and evaluation, and the role of the facilitator when working with children in interactive, arts-based environments.

Sari Atiqa,

Sustainable Living Lab (SL2)

Atiqa is a product designer by trained and is curious about how things are made. She is an aspiring engineer/maker who always learns things the hard way.

In SL2, Atiqa is a Project Manager in the Sustainability & Innovation unit and a Community Lead to two volunteer programmes, Repair Kopitiam and Sustainability Circle. During these programmes, she finds out how to guide a learning community of various age group through failing and discovering.


Facilitator Workshop Facilitator’s Bio and Synopsis

Isabelle Desjeux,


 A French artist living in Singapore, Isabelle Desjeux has a PhD in Molecular Biology and a MA in Fine Arts.  Desjeux is interested in understanding how science is made and knowledge is acquired, by scientists, students or children and by extension the public at large. Her installations and video installations often recreate laboratories and place the viewer in the position of the scientist conducting the experiment.
Workshop Synopsis: 
In this fun and light workshop, the participants are invited to try three different challenges and reflect on their thoughts as they go through the motion of imagining, creating, solving problems and eventually failing.
Participants will be invited to share their thoughts and insights on the process.