By Ric Herrero
Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, makers, engineers, tinkerers and artists who get together to show their creations and share what they have learned. It's a festival of do-it-yourself creativity, innovation and resourcefulness in celebration of the Maker Movement.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK),Rome, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Miami.
The Miami Mini Maker Faire, which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will be a smaller, community-focused event, and will feature both established and emerging local “makers” specializing in robots, drones, DIY science and technology, hardware hacking, 3D printing, art, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique handmade crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.
Tickets are available now through makerfairemiami.eventbrite.com. To apply to perform, or present your project at the Miami Mini Maker Faire, please visit makerfairemiami.com, and get the latest updates on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Makers and creators will be listed and featured on the Miami Mini Maker Faire website as of early October. For inquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be hosting a Call to Makers during MakeShop Miami's Open Hack Night this Friday, August 30th from 7-11pm. at LAB Miami to answer questions, get feedback, and share updates on Miami's very first Mini Maker Faire.