Expo F Announces a DIY Workshop and Digital Manufacturing Activities Organized by Fab Lab Panama


• DIY enthusiasts can register in the free activities that will be offered at the International Trade Fair for Hardware & Tools from 20 to 22 September


• The conference "Digital Manufacturing: Fab Lab Network" by Matthew Hotsko and Montserrat Ciges is one of the highlights of Expo F 2018


• Expo F 2018 has launched a contest on Instagram to choose the “DIY Master” and will award the “most-liked” picture with a trip to Panama 


(Panama— April 2nd, 2018) — DIY enthusiasts (acronym of "Do It Yourself") have an appointment at Expo F 2018, the International Trade Fair for Hardware & Tools, whose upcoming edition will take place from 20 to 22 September at ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama.

Technology and specifically, 3D printing, is reinventing manufacturing and opens an unlimited door to imagination like it will be exhibited on the afternoon of September 20, when Expo F has organized a DIY workshop and the conference "Digital Manufacturing: Fab Lab Network ", which will be delivered by the heads of Fab Lab Panama, Matthew Hotsko (founder) and Montserrat Ciges (instructor). Both activities are free. To attend, interested individuals can register through the pre-registration form.

Fab Lab Network is a platform for innovation, which aims to stimulate local entrepreneurship. A place to play, create, learn, guide and invent and a knowledge and ideas exchange network covering 30 countries and 24 time zones.

Behind Fab Lab Panama is Matthew Hotsko, a graduated from the International School of Panama, the United World College in Wales and University of Pennsylvania, who has worked as an architect and designer of efficient buildings in India and Panama and since then, works as a developer of physical and digital resources. Inspired by the abundance of resources available in other countries, Hotsko organized a node in Panama to connect to the international network of resource centers such as Maker Spaces, Fab Labs and Hacker Spaces.

Mr Hotsko founded EcoStudio Association in 2011 to promote education and development of human resources by offering experiences in emerging technology, design thinking and science to the public. In 2016, it moved to the City of Knowledge in Panama, offering access to workshops and tools to make prototypes in wood, metal, fabrics, ceramics, jewelry and digital media.

"This is an inclusive project, which invites the participation of any institution that wishes to have the benefits of these technologies," Mr Hotsko says.

Since May 2017, EcoStudio takes part of the global network of manufacturing laboratories, established by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), to give access to quality tools to everybody. The founder of EcoEstudio will talk about it during his conference at Expo F 2018.

In the DIY activities organized at Expo F, the International Trade Fair for Hardware & Tools, Matthew Hotsko will be accompanied by Montserrat Ciges, a graduated in Advertising and Public Relations and Fine Arts with a Master in Marketing Management from the FUNDESEM business School in Alicante. Ciges, who is from Spain, moved to Panama to become an instructor at Fab Academy, at the Fab Lab Ecostudio. Previously, she worked in Costa Rica as coordinator of Fab Lab Veritas, where she assumed the role of Innovation Manager. Since 2014, she has collaborated in the Fab Lab network, as coordinator of the Fab Lab Floating Amazonas. She is also co-founder of FabLat television channel that disseminates the Fab content in Latin America and co-founder of the FabCraft project for the development of digital handicrafts and the dissemination of cultural heritage through innovation.

This DIY program is one of the new features of Expo F 2018, which has also organized a contest on Instagram to choose the DIY Master of Ibero-America. The contest, open to all citizens of legal age residing in Ibero-America, it just means uploading a DIY photo to Instagram. The author of  the “most-liked” picture in this social network will win a trip to Panama to attend Expo F 2018.

Expo F, organized by the America Expo Group, is the only international event in Panama designed for hardware stores and DIY consumers. Expo F continues to grow and this year it expects more than 150 exhibitors from 18 countries / regions and more than 5,000 attendees from 20 countries / regions.

The event will bring together professionals from the hardware industry (manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, importers and exporters), end users (architects, stores and chains, construction companies, consultants, contractors, decorators, DIY consumers, electricians, engineers, etc.) and to governments and associations.

Expo F encourages new exhibitors to book a booth through our online registration.  

Those who wish to attend the trade show, can reserve a free place as visitors in this link.



For further details, please visit: www.expo-f.com or email: info@america-expo.com


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