Exactly one year ago, on May 28, 2012, we went to the notary to officially form MakeTank Srl. With much effort and passion we have been working hard all year. Today is a opportunity to look back upon the year past and set the bases for the next one.

MakeTank was conceived during a ski holiday and born a few weeks later. To give it form as soon as possible, we launched the bilingual blog in September 2012, in order to immediately insert ourselves into the international maker movement. The editorial team composed of our editor, Alexandra, and the professional journalist Francesco (better known as 'Il Pigna') keeps an eye on news from the world of digital fabrication and independent design as well as tells the stories of our vendors and their creations.

Since February 2013 the marketplace has been online. It's a place in which makers can create an online store and upload products for sale. Today, at one year from the creation of the business, we have circa 35 vendors and 130 products online. On MakeTank there are now exclusive objects (jewelry, lamps, gifts) made by designers and makers who produce their creations at reasonable prices because each is made on demand after the order.

We continue to evolve and search for our right path, thanks in part to advice from wise friends, and based on the needs of the makers we encounter, who we find don't just need a place to sell but also advice and personalized help in communication and commercialization. So, to help them create a business out of a passion, we have created educational workshops, which we have already presented in Milan and Turin, and a section of blog articles on practical 'how to' topics.

We launched the DesignWinMake contest in collaboration with the online design magazine Arredativo in order to find new talents Italy wide, but, already in this first edition, we opened it up to the larger area of Europe, and in fact the winner is Swiss. The second edition has instructions in English and it will be officially worldwide. Because MakeTank has always had an international leaning, with the idea of opening up to vendors and markets worldwide.

So what's next? Many, many events, lots of innovative products, plus new partnerships and collaborations in order to help our vendors as well as stimulate the maker movement in general.

 

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