Have an idea, a project, or product you want to share and show off?
Do you love creative spaces that encourage sharing and learning and fun?
Does having your and your family’s minds blown by awesomeness sound like the perfect day?
The Maker Faire is a space dedicated to the output of creative and original ideas; a community of like-minded and different-minded makers presenting ideas which could change the (and your) world through ingenuity, beauty, inspriation, and fun!
In 2014, there were 131 Maker Faires around the world. In addition to Maker Faire Bay Area and Maker Faire New York, I visited perhaps a dozen other Faires, from Oslo to Tokyo. At the end of last year, I started to go through the photos I had taken and organize them into a slideshow. Then I began looking at photos from many other Maker Faires, and I had the idea of creating a yearbook (some high school extracurricular skills came back to me) that would show the scope and variety of Maker Faires around the world. I was proud to look at the many different instances of Maker Faire, and seeing how much they shared in common. Yet each one has its own unique cultural context.
The Maker Faire Yearbook organizes the Faires in chronological order — from January to December 2014. I don’t have photos from every Maker Faire in 2014. However, the Yearbook is already about 150 pages as is. I hope you enjoy seeing Maker Faire in different countries, from Norway to South Africa, and in different venues, from libraries and science centers to town plazas and historic buildings. Mostly, though, I hope you see in the faces of makers the joy and wonder of coming together to celebrate what we are capable of creating, hacking and making.
Special thanks go to Maker Faire producers for the many, many hours they put in to organize the events, and the many volunteers who pitched in to help. I also want to thank our partners, such as the New York Hall of Science, the Henry Ford Museum, Science City in Kansas City, and many others who share our mission to create and develop more makers. I want to also thank our Maker Faire team at Maker Media that cares so much about this event and spreading it around the world.
Finally, Maker Faire is all about the makers, who share their creative and technical talents and amazing projects with all of us. Together, we are reaching more people, especially the young, and inspiring each of them to become part of the Maker Movement.
What on earth is Reno Mini Maker Faire? Let us entice you! It is the greatest show-and-tell event/adventure in Northern Nevada! It rounds up local tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. It celebrates exploration, creativity and the culture of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-Together (DIT) “maker mindset”, while showcasing all kinds of amazing projects.
The Reno Mini Maker Faire is a special event that brings together all fascinating and curious people who enjoy learning, making and sharing what they can do. It gathers all ages, from young to old, professional to enthusiast, teacher to learner to rub elbows and explore! At this community event you will discover technology, robotics, science, arts, crafts, food, music and much much more!
A short video from 2014 event.
(filmed and produced by Nick Crowl)
Mark your calendars. The Reno Mini Maker Faire will be Saturday May, 30th, 2015 from 10 am – 6 pm at UNR’s Innovation Center, The Discovery Museum and The South Side School.
Reno has had its own fair share of success on the crowdfunding platforms. Pinoccio raised $105,232 on Indiegogo, Kickstarter’s closest competitor. That was 175% over their goal of $60,000. That allowed Sally Carson (S.F.,CA) and Eric Jennings (Reno, NV) to test the market before they started a company around their product, a wireless, web-ready microcontroller with WiFi, LiPo battery, & built-in radio. It even has an API to get your board talking to the Web right out of the box.They just recently closed a round of 1 million dollars in seed funding and employ over 10 people as a result of proving the market first through the Indiegogo campaign.
Another Reno group, The Generator, led by Executive Director, Matt Schultz, has raised $27,000 of $47,000 that is needed to build the giant sculpture, “Embrace.” Embrace is a 72-foot wooden sculpture of two people embracing, slated for Burning Man 2014. It is the largest project to date for the Pier Group, which gained acclaim for its previous Burning Man installations The Pier,Pier 2, and the Ichthyosaur Puppet Project. You can still help them make their dream a reality by donating to their campaign.
What are you dreaming about making? Is it something that you can’t do alone? Consider creating a crowd-funding campaign. Especially if you know that there are others who would also like to see this happen. Upward and onward, fellow makers!
As we gear up for the first ever, Maker Faire Reno, we can’t help but marvel at all of the amazing things that our community has created. Above are some pics of just a few of the exhibits we will have at the faire.
This year we are celebrating all things maker. And, as you know, we believe that everyone is a maker. We will have crafters, robots, UAV’s, sewing machines, brewing, tattoo artists, fire spinners, bands, speakers, legos, and more. Kids are welcome and encouraged to come and see what they can do with their minds and with their hands.
Which reminds me, have you bought your ticket yet? It’s only $5 for adults and free for kids (who show up with adults, of course).
This will be the most epic show-and-tell of all time, and who knows, it might encourage you to take on a new hobby. How cool would that be!?!