Maker Faire, hailed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!
Now in its fifth year, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.
Maker Faire weekend is finally here! As we head into this two-day celebration of inspiring inventions and DIY projects emerging from our region, a few reminders on what to bring:
- Your tickets, printed for expedited entry
- The right outdoor gear, as a lot of the event is outside
- Friends! They can still get tickets or pre-purchase day-of tickets before the event
- For those especially prepared: a must-see list of makers and presentations to visit (see our full line-up to get started, or wait to grab a printed program at the event or access our mobile guide at guide.empmuseum.org [passcode will be in your program]).
We’ll leave you with some final words from Dale Dougherty, Founder and Executive Director of Maker Media, Inc., on what the maker movement is all about from his presentation at last year’s Maker Faire:
“When you make something, it says something about you—who you are and what you’ve done.
It’s a lot like an art fair, a craft fair, a county fair. A context where people can bring their work, put it in front of you, and then talk to you about it. It’s actually seeing their eyes, seeing their passions, seeing what it means to people to do these things.
The whole idea behind DIY learning is that once you do these things, you stop telling yourself you can’t do them anymore. And yet when we make something, we learn how to do something… we solve a problem. We’re creating a connection to other people.
It’s all about the future. We need to find ways to engage young people in science and technology and the maker movement does just that.”
See you tomorrow! Doors open at 10:00am.
Sharing a love of making is at the core of the maker movement. A sense of belonging to a larger spirit of building, sharing the things they’re passionate about, and expressing themselves through the things they create is what sets any great maker apart.
A love of sharing is exactly what drives video game artist and Glowforge designer Shell Meggersee-Briggs:
“For me being a maker means: Love. I don’t mind how cheesy and unhip that makes me sound, because when I see the faces of my loved ones light up, it’s all worth it. I think a personalized gift is always better than something bought from a store. Something that is handcrafted and customized from someone who knows you, will always mean more to you than something bought from a big box store. If I make something for you, it’s because I genuinely adore you. Continue reading
The history of music and music-making technology has always been intertwined: new and innovative ideas and technologies have consistently provided musicians with inspiration. Show composer a new musical tool, and you can bet they’re going to put it to use.
Don’t miss these innovative music-focused projects at Seattle Mini Maker Faire—they might just be changing how we make, listen to, or interact with music soon!
Instruments of Imagination
Phi Sound Lab Digital Drum Circle and LovTag Game
In 1817 a German aristocrat put two wheels together consecutively to create the draisine: the first vehicle purposefully built for personal transportation. This would come to be the foundation of the bicycle as we know it today.
Even after all these years, bikes continue to inspire inventors to make new and creative advances in a way that few other devices do.
Check out some of these wacky bike innovations, featured at Seattle Mini Maker Faire:
Elcano Project: Taking Vehicle Automation to Bicycles
The self-driving car landscape will not be complete without self-driving bicycles, and the Elcano Project intends to make the technology accessible to hobbyists and students by providing open-source electronics and software.
What if you could have a bicycle, that was sort of like a car, with most of the features and few of the drawbacks? Frankentrikes–human-powered, electric-assist tricycles–are optimized for use in dense urban environments of varied terrain year-round.
The Kraken Trike is a medium scale kinetic sculpture/useful vehicle that takes on the form of a large two-front-wheeled electric tricycle. It is built from reclaimed materials including HDPE culvert, steel, and even a childhood bicycle. Continue reading