On the streets of Hanoi, you can’t help but notice the vibrant and entrepreneurial energy in the air. The capital city is home to many talented engineers and there’s a growing maker community in the works.
After navigating by motorbike through the maze-like back alleys of one of the residential neighborhoods of southern Hanoi, we arrive at a beautiful, four-storey traditional Vietnamese house. The family that owns it has been living there for seven generations.
The top floor is home to a makerspace created by a group of 20-something engineers with a passion for hardware products. The ten-meter-square (100 square feet) room isn’t air conditioned but is a massive source of pride for this team of engineers that call themselves “the Moonwalkers.”The room is full of IoT experiments, like thermometers, binary clocks and 3D printed products. The 3D printer was built from scratch by Le Hoang Linh, a mechanical engineer with a decade of experience under his belt. He’s a DIY guy and enjoys building everything from the ground up.
“Since we started this project, we were supported by my parents. They gave us a room to work in and actually, we are sharing the room with our ancestors,” he said.Alongside distribution expert Le Thanh Son and hardware engineer Vu Van Trang, the team shares the room with his family’s ancestral altar — which Linh said inspires them on a daily basis.
Son, who has taken on a leadership role for Moonwalkers, said that the multidisciplinary nature of the team is the reason why they’re able to build such great products.