Future Flux Festival: where technology meets the people

On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June, the second edition of the Future Flux Festival took place at the submarine wharf at RDM Rotterdam. For two days the general public were able to gawk at and get acquainted 'hands-on' with all sorts of innovations and state-of-the-art creative technology.

New art, technology, music, workshops and stories from creative makers. Set in the raw and inspiring setting of the submarine wharf. The Future Flux Festival offered the opportunity to immerse oneself in the wonderful world of modern technology and creative contraptions and installations. The two-day festival was accessible to everyone with a portion of curiosity and some free time.

From 3D printing to space sounds in an aluminum foil sphere

The stands ranged from artists who made a 12x12m sand art work with the help of a robotic arm, to start-ups who showed the latest achievements in 3D printing. From an art installation with white plastic "stools" that were all connected to each other and changed color as soon as you turned one over, to a huge sphere of silver-colored mylar (a NASA space material that looks quite like aluminum foil), to generating energy from potatoes and fruit. The wide range of creative technological applications was eagerly taken in by the public, which consisted for a large part of families with young children.

Industry Day

Friday June 9 the emphasis was on the Industry Day, a special business event focused on the manufacturing industry. Presentations and workshops were given on, among other things, 3D printing, Internet of Things, robotization and new materials. Pioneers in the creative making industry passionately told about, and showed their ideas, prototypes and applications.

Rotterdam Make It Happen

Creativity, state-of-the-art technological applications, inspirational speakers and workshops ... this was the logical platform for Rotterdam Make It Happen to be present. On a 'Wall of Inspiration' festival guests were challenged to share their ideas for making Rotterdam smarter and future-proof, with a private tour of RDM Rotterdam as the prize for the most creative idea posted. The wall attracted a lot of attention and apart from pinning ideas, the wall was also the meeting place for people to discuss their concepts, wonderings and solutions.

Tour prizewinner

Shortly after the festival the lucky winner returned to RDM Rotterdam together with a friend, for a tour of RDM Makerspace, the location where every day people work on their innovative solutions for the city and harbour of tomorrow.