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Makers UPV

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Membership  > 100 members
Makers UPV
Motto  The community of proactive students always in motion.
Formation  April 15, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-04-15)
Type  Non-profit student organisation
Purpose  Education, Hands-on experience, Do It Yourself
Location  Casa del Alumno, Valencia, Spain

Makers UPV is a non-profit community of students from the Universitat Politècnica of València (Valencia, Spain) founded in April 2013, whose objective is to enhance the learning experience of students by adding a practical approach based on "experiential learning", Do it yourself and the Maker Culture. Through projects, competitions and workshops taught by the students with special abilities (they acting as mentors), the community is retrofitted and grows.


The community has gained international attention through their success in competitions, being awarded "Top Hyperloop Design Concept" and "Best Propulsion Subsystem" with project Hyperloop UPV at Hyperloop Pod Competition ( SpaceX, 2016), "Top People's Choice" with project NextVision (2014) at NASA International Space Apps Challenge as well as "Global Top 5 Best Use of Hardware" with project GoSat (2015) and Mars UPV (2016) among others.


The community has also organized some events with national impact such as BeMakerFest (October 2015), aiming to merge makers and crafter communities, as well as the Olympic Robotic Challenge (2014, 2015, 2016), a multidisciplinary educational robotics competition in which students learn to build their own robot from scratch with open-source hardware such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi (2016). In May 2016 the community held the first Spanish Hebocon, a competition for crappy robots invented by Daiju Ishikawa, which had the support of David Cuartielles, father of the open-source hardware movement. On May 2016 Makers UPV was featured in the blog of Startup Europe (European Commission).


The workshops are taught by students who have special abilities (usually the older ones but not necessarily), they acting as mentors. With their knowledge, mentors offer other students the possibility to have a personal experience and to learn by doing. Typical workshops include: Arduino, programming, electronics, 3D printing, CAD, robotics as well as arts & crafts: cyanotype, sculpture, engraving or photography. The main purpose of the workshops are to obtain hands-on experience and skills at the University. Usually the workshops are open-sourced to the community.


The members of the community are connected thanks to the social networks, and they share interesting contests. When a contest sounds interesting to them, they ask other members to join and multidisciplinar working groups are created for that special purpose. This has led to several awards, as stated before in List of Awards. Competitions motivate students to work hard and enable them to establish new relationships with other members of the community.

Organisation of events

The Makers UPV community has organised or co-organised several events, which include:

  • BeMakerFest Valencia 2015: in collaboration with FabLab VLC, Chiquiemprendedores and Hackerspace Valencia, with support from Ayuntamiento de Valencia.
  • Olympic Robotic Challenge 2016 + Hebocon 2016: supported by David Cuartielles, cofounder of Arduino.
  • Also, the community has helped to organise the following events:

  • Olympic Robotic Challenge 2015.
  • Olympic Robotic Challenge 2014.
  • Mini Maker Fest Valencia 2014.
  • Finally, the community takes part in several events to spread the word around the city of Valencia:

  • European Maker Week (June 2016, Worldwide)
  • Primavera Educativa (May 2016, Valencia). Project showcase.
  • Techfest Valencia (October 2015)
  • Kids Hack Day (November 2014, Valencia). Workshop: design of a robotic arm. Founded by Carl Bärstad. Organised by Chiquiemprendedores.
  • Team projects

    The community is based on collaboration, and that's why usually some members unite in several groups of interest. For example: the 3D Printing group created a 3D printer for the community, the Web Development team developed the website of Makers UPV, Hyperloop UPV, and other projects. Here some of the projects:

  • Project HCube: it was created by a team of members of Makers UPV with the purpose of showcasing the design at International Innovation Congress Sonar+D in Barcelona (June 2015). HCube is a three-dimensional interactive display of LEDs that form a two-meter cube. Each of the LEDs has the ability to reproduce 16 million colors, providing endless visual possibilities. Users can interact with the cube through a number of peripheral devices. The user is able to control the cube through body movement, play Tetris or Snake with it, communicate with it using Twitter, use it to visualize sound and music, and more.
  • Project Firebot: a fire-extinguishing robot made to automatically extinguish fires without human risk.
  • Visits to companies

    The community also organises visits to companies to strengthen the link between students and companies. For example, the makers visited a factory to see how tablets are made, the Vandellos Nuclear Power Plant, Quaternium (makers of drones and quadcopters),a Gas Compression Facility of Endesa in Paterna as well as an aerodrome in Requena.

    Education for kids

    Makers UPV has a special focus on education for kids. The community has therefore partnered with several organisations to offer STEM workshops for kids, such as:

  • Robotic arm: with Arduino, wood/cardboard and some servos, the kids learn how to build a robotic arm from scratch.
  • Drawdio: invented at MIT, kids learn how electrical circuits work by creating an easy circuit made by a pencil and other components, which make sound.
  • Rocket science: with paper and scissors, kids build rockets that can be launched thanks to a air pump.
  • References

    Makers UPV Wikipedia

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