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Al Jazeera | Meet Your Maker
Rebel Geeks: seven part series
Director: Matan Rochlitz
Producer: Anson Hartford, Hugh Hartford, Dan Boaden
August 2016

With services like email and social media, Amazon and Apple Pay, health, diet and even sleep-tracking, technology is pushing ever deeper into our lives. 

But should we just accept the new gadgets and services on offer, or is there a hidden cost to pay? 

This seven-part series profiles the Rebel Geeks challenging power structures and offering a different vision of our technological future.


How Massimo Banzi's Arduino microcontroller enabled thousands of people to build everything from toys to drones.


The maker movement is promising to reshape our relationship with the design and manufacture of computers and electronic devices by bringing a DIY approach into this field that has - so far - remained the exclusive domain of big industry.


At the heart of this revolution is the Arduino - a tiny, sky blue circuit board.

We meet Italian technology designer Massimo Banzi at the Maker Faire in Shenzen, in southeastern China. He is there to talk about his creation, the Arduino, the open-source computer control device that has fuelled a movement of 'makers'. Thousands of people are adopting Arduino to build everything from 3-D printers to drones, smart home devices to robotics.


He believes Arduino is an accessible tool that can help anyone design and invent, help people do something differently, and bring about social change.

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The only way to be subversive is to be able to control the technology.

Massimo Banzi
Co-founder of the Arduino project
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Series Producer
Dan Davies