Hi, I’m Christin Boyd. I started on the path towards producing Seattle Mini Maker Faire in the summer of 2011, when some friends were talking about putting together a bunch of weekend workshops on electronics, canning, and various artistic projects. I offered to be their project manager. Within a few months, I had contacted O’Reilly Media and started the process of licensing the Mini Maker Faire brand, lobbying Ignition Northwest to sponsor the event, and collaborating with the Pacific Science Center’s new Science Expo event.
Why am I producing Seattle Mini Maker Faire? I was inspired to become an engineer by my parents, who took me to amazing museums like the Pacific Science Center and the Smithsonian. I learned that science is fun from great teachers and from Bill Nye the Science Guy. I’m passionate about science and believe that everyone, no matter what their field, can appreciate science and the scientific method. Science is hard, learning to use a new tool is hard, starting and finishing a project is hard, but the rewards are worth the effort!
What qualifies me to run this shindig? I earned a degree from the University of Washington in Computer Engineering in 1997. I worked for 11 years at Microsoft where I planned and presented at dozens of events. I help plan the annual Seattle Art Car Blowout at the Fremont Fair. I’ve done hundreds of hours of volunteer work for the Seattle Aquarium, where I incorporated hands-on learning with fun and science at the popular Touch Tanks and plankton microscopes. As a mentor for a FIRST Robotics team, I helped Franklin High School students design and safely build their own robot in a workshop full of bandsaws, drills, and laser cutters. On the artistic side, I occasionally draw, paint, and sew.
Now I’m leading a team of enthusiastic volunteers to bring Maker Faire to Seattle. If you’d like to help make Seattle Mini Maker Faire happen, please contact us about opportunities to volunteer, sponsor the event, or apply to exhibit your project in a Maker booth.
Christin Boyd, Executive Producer, Seattle Mini Maker Faire