Aachen Maker Meetup

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People Doing Strange Things with Electricity in Aachen

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To come to a meetup, just sign up for the event on our Aachen Maker Meetup page!

This helps us order enough pizza and drinks when we meet in person, and to document attendance for our public funding agencies.

Next Meetups:

  • #159 Wed, May 15, 2024
  • #160 Wed, June 19, 2024
  • No meetup in July 2024 as our chair is moving that month
  • #161 Wed, August 21, 2024
  • #162 Wed, September 18, 2024


We attract DIY makers, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, electronics hackers, artists, 3D printer builders, geek dads and their daughters—anybody from 9 to 99 doing strange things with electricity!

Our meetups are very informal. There's no membership, you can just show up, although we appreciate you registering via Meetup so we can order enough free food and drinks. MakerBot :) We get most people from Germany, but also the Netherlands and Belgium, thanks to Aachen's unique location, plus frequently other nationalities. If you speak German or English you'll be fine!

We get together, bring out our projects, have some soft drinks, eat pizza, and start tinkering or chatting with each other. Occasionally there's a short 10–20 min talk if someone wants to share something with everybody (or ask for help!). We've had some cool special guests like Tom Igoe, Mitch Altman, and Burkhard Kainka.

To see what to expect, check out our excellent meetup reports.

Any questions? Just contact René Schäfer who will be happy to help!


For physical meetups, see our directions to the Media Computing Group (Lehrstuhl Informatik 10 / Medieninformatik und Mensch-Computer-Interaktion) at RWTH Aachen University to find us. We meet in room 2222 on the second floor. Building doors are locked around 7 pm. Enter on Ahornstr. (close to the bus stop); there will be a sign on the door with a number to call, otherwise call +49-241-80-21060 for the phone in our meeting room.


We usually meet at 6:30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. We sometimes shift things around for special events. See our Aachen Maker Meetup page on Meetup.com for updates.

Recent Meetups:

See more excellent event reports of our previous Meetups.


Who is the Aachen Maker Meetup? Here are a few people who show up frequently. Prof. Jan Borchers conducted the interviews during one of our meetups.

Mailing List

We announce our meetups on the Aachen Maker Meetup page (usually in English) and on our own low-traffic mailing list (in German).


This meetup was originally started as Dorkbot Aachen, one of Germany's first Dorkbot groups, by Prof. Jan Borchers, his Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University, and an Arduino forum initiative. Our first meetup was on June 6, 2009. We have been meeting every month ever since, making us Germany's longest-running Dorkbot chapter. Dorkbot is an international network of people doing interactive art and electronic hacks. We ran Germany's first 3D printer construction master classes in 2011. In 2018, we renamed our event to the more self-explanatory Aachen Maker Meetup, and expanded the event format thanks to funding through our 3D Competence Center research project. After our 10-year anniversary in June 2019, meetups were funded through our BMBF Personal Photonics research project. Starting in 2020, funding was provided through our collaboration with the new Excellence Startup Center initiative at RWTH.

Media Coverage

  • Maker Stories, Conrad Electronic, filmed on Feb 20, 2019, TV report on our Meetup for Conrad's YouTube channel, in production
  • 3D-Druck, ZDF logo!, filmed on December 18, 2013, show for children on national TV
  • Du bist die Fabrik, Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 10-11, 2010, national newspaper article
  • Dorkbot on TV, WDR, Lokalzeit Aachen, September 3, 2009

More Great Local Maker Initiatives

There are a whole bunch of great projects and opportunities for DIY enthusiasts and makers to get together almost every day of the week. Here are some pointers:

Aachen Maker Meetup administrative pages (for registered organizers)

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