The littleBits Global Makeathon is the world’s largest physical and virtual workshop. This Saturday, September 14th makerspaces from all over the world will join us on Google+ to make something that does something together. This year’s theme is “bring your city to life.” Make something that represents your city — an interactive city icon, a 3D postcard or your favorite part of the skyline. Check out the Bay Bridge project and our Hurricane Sandy project for inspiration.

Get to know our 2013 partners:

Organization: Get Hacking (Silicon Straits + Tinker Tanker)


Location: Singapore

“Get Hacking is a startup committed to promoting STEM education and the Maker Movement in Singapore and Southeast Asia. We offer courses, sell kits & components, and (of course) make our own stuff. Get Hacking is a collaboration between Silicon Straits and TinkerTanker.”

Geek Express

Organization: GeekExpress

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

“Geek Express is a concept store that encourages a DIY (Do It Yourself) and maker culture. Children, astronauts, parents, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, rookies, and all the curious, come and feed off a spring of contagious energy and tech-believers. We are a playground for enthusiasts to tinker together, build things and break others.”


Organization: TechShop

Location: Austin, TX, Menlo Park, CA, Pittsburg, PA, San Jose, CA, San Francisco, CA,

“TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. Come and build your dreams!”


Organization: Lifelong Kindergarten (MIT)

Location: Boston, MA

“We develop new technologies that, in the spirit of the blocks and fingerpaint of kindergarten, expand the range of what people can design, create, and learn.”


Organization: Daily Tous Les Jours

Location: Montreal, Canada

“Daily tous les jours is a design studio with a focus on participation – empowering people to have a place in the stories that are told around them. We create collective experiences. We research new ways to interact and tell stories. We design large scale projects that impact cities down to tiny ones that fit inside a pocket. Our projects bring magic to everyday places, behaviours and objects, inviting the public to become active contributors in the process and the outcome. These experiences take many shapes: urban interventions and planning, exhibitions, products, spatial design, events, software applications, film.”

Technology Will Save us

Organization: Technology Will Save Us

Location: London, UK

“Technology Will Save Us is a haberdashery for technology and alternative education space dedicated to helping people to produce and not just consume technology.”


Organization: Ultra-lab with Intervento Red and Medialab Prado

Location: Madrid, Spain

“Ultra-lab is a Spanish company that aims to spread open source, low cost and DIY technologies in creative and educative contexts.”



Organization: Hacklab Terni and Indisciplinarte

Location: Terni, Italy

“Hacklab: Laboratorio aperto a tutti di elettronica, scienza e arte. L’HackLab Terni è un centro per l’apprendimento tra pari, dedicato alla condivisione della conoscenza, in forma di workshop, presentazioni, conferenze, feste. La sede è uno spazio per i soci per lavorare sui loro progetti individuali, o per collaborare a progetti di gruppo con gli altri membri. Indisciplinarte: Indisciplinarte si occupa di progettazione culturale europea e di sviluppo culturale territoriale lavorando in continua interazione con una consolidata rete di relazioni nazionali ed internazionali.”


Organization: Georgia Tech

Location: Atlanta, GA

“One of the oldest programs in the United States, the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech has a rich and celebrated history. Today, students, faculty, and researchers in the School of Industrial Design are redefining human-centered design within the context of the nation’s premiere technological research institutions.”


Organization: Compuchild and Art Smarts

Location: Albany, NY

“Compuchild: Our cutting-edge system provides relevant technology education to children ages 2-13 at daycares, preschools, public & private schools, museums, and afterschool programs. We offer tremendous added value to the curriculum given by our client centers. The CompuChild program enables centers to offer STEM/STEAM education to their students without lifting a finger. They simply make a classroom available and we do the rest. Parents enjoy the opportunity to provide their children with important hands-on education in an environment that promotes and encourages learning. Art Smarts: Art Smarts is made up of a collaborative team of artists, educators and moms — working with you to provide with age appropriate, hands on, educationally based art programs and activities. The end result is a successful event, fun experience and a beautiful work of art that will be cherished forever.”


Organization: Rolling Robots

Location: Glendale, CA

“Rolling Robots sparks creativity in kids by engaging them with technology in new and exciting ways. We help kids discover their potential by participating in robot battles, parties, workshops and classes. Fun with robots today, creates the innovators of tomorrow.”


Organization: Global Kids

Location: New York, NY

“Developing youth leaders for the global stage. Global Kids is the premier nonprofit educational organization for global learning and youth development.”

museum of scienceOrganization: Museum of Science Computer Place

Location: Boston, MA

“One of the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most highly attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science is ideally positioned to lead the nationwide effort to promote engineering education awareness, bringing science, technology, and mathematics alive through its exhibits, programs, and more.”





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