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Maker Faire 2014 Survey

Seattle Mini Maker Faire this year at the EMP was a huge success!
We’d love to make 2015 an even better year, so if you could fill out our survey on this years event, the team would appreciate it!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SeattleMMF2014AttendeeSurvey

Thank you!

Spotlight on Sponsors: Logos Electromechanical

Logos Electromechanical produces and sells a variety of electronic modules for the hobbyist and small scale researcher, largely based around the Arduino ecosystem. We design and sell the Zigduino, an Arduino variant with a built-in 802.15.4 radio, perfect for sensor networks and remote control.

http://www.logos-electro.com

Make sure to check out the Logos Electromechanical booth on Level 3 at Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

Spotlight on Sponsors: OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance

Thank you to OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance for generously sponsoring the Seattle Mini Maker Faire for two years running!! Make sure to check out their booth this weekend!!
OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance is a loose knit group of friends working on Open Source Hardware.  The group is loosely affiliated with and can be found hanging out at Metrix Create Space.
OpenBeam is a low cost miniature extruded aluminum construction system, similar to the larger T-Slot systems used in industry for automations project and machine framing.  It uses standard M3 nuts instead of proprietary T-nuts and injection molding to lower the cost of joining components.  Recently, in close collaboration with Johann Rocholl, OpenBeam completed the design for the OpenBeam Kossel Pro and the OpenBeam Kossel Reprap.  These Open Source 3D Printers highlight the versatility of using OpenBeam in the desktop automations and robotics field.
The Axios is an Open Source ergonomic keyboard featuring modular components and a design to better match the hand’s natural resting position reducing strain in both the wrists and fingers. The Axios is user programmable as well, allowing a near infinite number of layouts to be stored on the board itself and requiring no special drivers. It’s modular nature allows for a wide degree of adjustability and customization giving the user more control over their comfort and laser etched backlit keys let the user make it their own.
Members of the group can be found at Metrix Create Space, Seattle’s premiere retail maker space.  Open noon to midnight, 7 days a week, Metrix is located on Capitol Hill and includes a wide array of tools for bringing creations to life.
www.MetrixCreateSpace.com

Call For Volunteers

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is looking for Volunteers.

We need some able bodied people to help with setup and tear down, we need greeters and ushers to help guide people around the museum, and lots more!

If your interested in helping, please click on this link http://makerfaireseattle.com/volunteer/ and fill out the form.

Thanks!

Fear Not Makers!!

We have had such an overwhelmingly amount of fantastic applications that we need more time to work out logistics, which is holding us up in sending out acceptance notifications. If you have applied to be a maker, we will be notifying you regarding participation no later than Friday of this week! We appreciate your patience…this event will be EPIC!! 

Last Chance to Apply!

There is still time to apply to be a maker at Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2014! The application deadline is Saturday, January 25th.

We have partnered with the EMP Museum to create one of the most dynamic Mini Maker Faire experiences yet. We are expecting record-breaking attendance at this landmark venue as well, so get your application in now and join in on the fun!

Do you know any Young Makers ready to show off their projects? We have several spots reserved just for youth, aged 10-17.

Thanks for Making!! 

Seattle Mini Maker Faire Deadline Extended to January 25th!

We have officially extended the application deadline for Seattle Mini Maker Faire to January 25th. That is an extra 10 days to put the finishing touches on your applications, and EXTRA time for you to spread the word to all your Maker friends and forums!

A big thank you to all the Makers who have submitted applications already. We are looking forward to reviewing them all, and will be sending out acceptance confirmations on February 1st.

Do you know anyone that would be interested in being a part of Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2014? If so, please encourage them to apply!

Thanks, and happy Making!

-Seattle Mini Maker Faire Team

Maker Faire 2014!

We are proud to announce that Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2014 is coming March 22nd-23rd at the EMP Museum!

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Tickets will be available soon.

If you are interested in showing off the amazing stuff you’re making please apply to exhibit or present.

We look forward to reading your application!
-Seattle Mini Maker Faire Team

Printing and Gadgets Were Never This Exciting (and Inexpensive!)

  

Block Printing and More! at West Seattle Tool Library

Block Printing and More! at West Seattle Tool Library

If you’re looking for something active and artistic to do with your family this summer, come stop by the Seattle Mini Maker Faire this June 8th and 9th! This faire will feature several projects that will allow you to experiment with all kinds of material in order to make that perfect gadget or toy.

For example, at the project, “Block Printing and More,” adults and children will be able to make their own artwork and buttons using handmade woodblocks! Also, while other adults and children are busy crafting away, you can even get a chance to take a tour of West Seattle Tool Library’s mobile tool lending trailer, where you can “learn more about the concept of tool lending libraries and some of the various programs, workshops and a sampling of what our members have created. Some featured items on display include a solar powered chicken coup, automated slide duplicator, beer making equipment and a multiple firing paper rocket launcher!” says Greg Kono, representative of West Seattle Tool Library. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about what tool markets can provide you with as well as make some sustainable, useful, and fun creations of your own!

Pop and Print! Book

Pop and Print! Book

If you like books, come check out “Pop and Print!” “This is a walk-in project where tools, materials, and templates will be provided to make a small, one page book or pop-up card, and all materials will be from recycled books, magazines, paper and other found materials, and it’s extremely family friendly!” says Amber Chiozza of Pop and Print.  The workshop will cover accordion fold books, basic pop-up structures, and tunnel books, and is a fantastic way to create unique styles of books or cards using the handy pop-up structural technique!

Finally, for those of you who love to play with your gadgets and toys, come visit “Smarthinks,” where you will be able to create your own toys for under ten dollars each! Experiment with designing such toys as “Safe Flamethrowers,” Folding Travel Ukuleles, Water-Squirting Harry Potter Wands, and Singing Best Friend Rings among others. If you’re the hands-on, off-beat creative type with several zany and wonderful ideas, this is the place you need to check out!

Whether you’re the artsy literature type, the daring, off-beat creative type, or, you simply love to build things, come visit the Seattle Mini Maker Faire tomorrow and Sunday from 10am-6pm! It has something for everyone to enjoy and you won’t leave feeling disappointed!

Olympia Circuits and OlyMEGA Makerspace at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is excited to showcase Olympia Circuits and OlyMega Makerspace, along with 60 other makers, at the Seattle Center on June 8th and 9th. Tickets are on sale now and at the door.

OlyMega Makerspace

At last year’s inaugural Seattle MakerFaire, OlyMEGA Makerspace brought Desktop Ballistics, a Light Painting Booth, 3D Printing, Handmade “Faerie Doors”, Open Source Games/Game Engine, LeOlympia Arduino Board, and more. We’ve grown since then, with new members and a bigger, more industrial makerspace.
This year, OlyMEGA will again be pulling out all the stops for Seattle Mini Maker Faire. We’re still firming up a few of the projects, but confirmed projects include a “3D Bubble Printer”, Interactive/Touchable Projections, Rattan “Luminary” Animal Art, Electric Bike Conversion, Paper Marbling, and hopefully more as time, space, the laws of physics permit.

Olympia Circuits

Olympia Circuits makes Arduino based boards for learning how to use Arduino and for various applications.  The revolutionary Arno Learning System is a new way to learn Arduino programming.  It cuts out many of the barriers to Arduino and includes a comprehensive book.  Additionally, Olympia Circuits creates specialized boards for environmental data logging, controls, and generally fun projects.
Arno board from Olympia Circuits