Can Thai Makers Help Address Increased Demand for Tech Skills?

June 27, 2016 | ProgressTH Bangkok Post recently published an article pointing out the increasing demand across Thailand for tech skills, particularly in regards to increased enrollment at Thailand's vocational colleges.

But with a sudden increase in demand, often comes difficulties in meeting that demand.

The article states that some 14,000 additional teachers are needed at 425 state-run vocational schools across the country. This is to address a 26% increase in enrollment for courses like automotive engineering, electrical engineering, electronics, automation, welding, and construction.

The good news is that the image of vocational education is improving across Thailand. Of course, we live in a technological society, and both an understanding of and mastery over technology is essential for every member of such a society to truly thrive, and for that society in turn to collectively thrive.

As people understand the importance of technology, it will become a more integral part of their lives both for employment and as a passion. The growing maker community in Thailand attests to that. In just 2 years Thailand went from virtually no mainstream maker community, to makerspaces, maker faires and events, along with a small industry supporting it all spreading from north to south.

3D Printing: Hospitals Collaborating with Makerspaces

June 18, 2016 | ProgressTH An upcoming workshop at Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH), a children's hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand, aims to empower nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals with the tools and techniques now common among the world's growing maker movement.

Prototypes of a 3D printed needle disposal system produced in larger numbers for testing throughout the hospital. 50 in total will be produced and tested before larger numbers are approved of for general use. 

The workshop aims to teach attendees specifically the basics of 3D design and 3D printing to give hospital staff a better understanding of what makerspaces can offer in terms of collaborating with hospitals in the field of rapid prototyping and innovation.

QSNICH staff are already working together with local makerspace ProgressTH on several projects involving the prototyping and testing of various healthcare-related devices. These include a low-cost needle disposal system, a dermatology tool designed specifically for children, a blood clotting device, and a bed-leveling system.