Coronavirus Makers: Open technology and citizen collaboration against COVID-19
Empodera.org interviews César García Sáez, computer scientist, disseminator and trainer in new technologies. For the last 5 years he has been directing the programme La Hora Maker, on his Youtube channel, in which he talks about the maker ecosystem. His career in the maker world began 10 years ago, at Medialab Prado, when he discovered a prototyping platform that was just starting out: Arduino. For César, the maker model is "a model of open innovation, in which anyone can join in and collaborate".
He was one of the thousands of participants in the Coronavirus Makers initiative, which during the height of the pandemic produced, in a decentralised way through 3D printing, and distributed visors, masks and other personal protective equipment. On the role of the makers during the pandemic, he points out how "the work of the makers was to give their all when people were at a standstill. When people were in the "let's wait, let's see if it's approved, let's wait to see if they give the go-ahead...", the virus doesn't wait. And neither do the makers".
As a good maker, he uses technology in a collaborative and open way, to create and materialise his projects with Arduino and other tools such as 3D printers.