The same night at around 9, plane to Canakkale with Tiphaine Walton from the Embassy of France. Night at the Hotel on the campus of the University of Canakkale.
Friday 6th of May:
- Breakfast with Memet Unsal, coordinator of the YapLab project,
- Meeting with the director of the University of 19 may of Canakkale,
- Conference at the faculty of engineering, the dean of the faculty of engineering and the dean of the faculty of communication, an ortho-prosthetist and about 200 students,
- Visit of the Fab Lab InnoCampus, a mobile Fab Lab that is about to head back to Istanbul after it spent 2 months in Canakkale. Built up in three containers, it has been touring around Turkey for a year and settled in four different cities (Adana, Seferihisar, Izmir, Canakkale). The InnoCampus YapLab will head back to Istanbul in late May 2016. They took the name YapLab because in turkish ‘Yap‘ means ‘to make‘.
At night, dinner in the harbour of the city, agreeable climate, light rain, Turkish local drink (Raki), fish and meat prepared in a traditional Turkish way.
Saturday 7th May
12:15 arriving at Atölye Istanbul. It’s located in the old beer brewery Bomonti. It’s a makerspace with 3D printers, sewing machines and an open space with conference rooms. Conference and discussion with about 50 people for an hour. Students from two differents universities, the director of the University of Isik was here, she was the founder of the FabLab in Istanbul (at another university), a professor from Bogaziçi University, Mustafa Osman Turan (a Turkish diplomat and member of InnoCampus), very involved in innovation. Kerem Alper, co-founder of the place, gave us a tour.
Lunch and local beer, interview with a national newspaper called Milliyet.
Meeting at 4 pm at Kadir Has University. We were welcomed by the director, Taner Arsan and the coordinator Tahsin Demir, from FabLab Istanbul and a French professor from the University, Christophe Bisson. It was followed by an interview for a national newspaper called Sabah.
Saturday night, 7 pm, mission accomplished, now Istanbul by night..
Turkey was beautiful, being at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, it is full of history and culture, some problems too of course, but that’s another topic. The makers community in Turkey is very active and deserves to be known better when you witness the energy of the people of Robotic, FabLab Istanbul, Atölye Istanbul and InnoCampus which are perfect examples of innovators who simply want to make a change and create things with each other’s skills and experiences.
The stay was short (5 days); and quite intense (3 cities, 3 conferences, 3 fablabs). A first for My Human Kit and we hope to continue our collaboration with them. Because the Turkish youth met through these people simply made me feel like wanting to come back, to exchange and do things together. Again a link with a country through the Embassy of France that organized the trip. Thanks to Tiphaine Walton and thanks to every person I met, your smiles and your curiosity.