Give me a Sign!

When walking around the OC Mini Maker Faire look at the signs!  Natalie made all the signs for our event!  They look fantastic!

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Wanna know something else?  Natalie is Producing and Hosting the Swap-o-Rama Fashion Show!

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Thank you Natalie!

A Moment of Reflection

The OCMMF is just hours away and I’m thinking about how we got here.  I think it was a dare.  Really I think Pam dared us to do a Maker Faire.  Amanda said it was a great idea.  But Bequi took the dare.   Then I held on tight to Bequi’s hand.  Maybe that’s not how it really went down, but it’s how I remember it.

There are many pivotal moments in this story and many people to thank, but here are a few moments that really stick out.

At some point Anna became our first sponsor (Thanks Anna!), which meant this project had surpassed idle chit-chat. (For this we are grateful, please buy or sell your house with Anna Child from Coldwell Banker! Please tell her the OCMMF sent you.  She is totally cool and a great realtor!)

This is where the real fretting started, someone else believed in the project too!

At some point Bequi walked into the Beall Center for Art + Technology when it was under construction for an exhibit.  She marched on up to Samantha and David and asked if they would host a Maker Faire.  They replied, “How could we not host a Mini Maker Faire!” Thank you Samantha! Thank you to the Beall Center for Art + Technology and the  Claire Trevor  School of the Arts. Thank you!

Thank you to Make Magazine for sharing your brand with us and all the fine people who helped us like Sabrina.

Thank you to the rest of the core team:  Amanda, Pam,  Michelle and Paige (and Samantha) for doing a great job with almost no money.

Thank you to all the Kickstarters and silent donators.  You know who you are!

Thank you to the Makers, the inventers, the tinkerers, the dreamers and commercial makers for Making, for which there would be no faire!  I had a great time meeting all of you at meetings and meet ups.

Thank you Bequi for just being awesome and inspiring and Making a Faire and taking me with you.

I’m sure if you ask anyone on the core team, they all have their own idea on how this all started.  Some people say it started with a dare.

Thank you, to all the people I have not yet thanked (like Mathobotix)

~James

Saturday’s Schedule!

We are all supper excited about the first ever Orange County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.  Attached to this post is the schedule.

Enjoy the schedule!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Fiber Arts Room and Fashion Show!

Are you a Fashionista?  Would you like to be?  Well, this is the event for you!

At the First Annual OC Mini Maker Faire you can come design  your own special style at the Swap-o-Rama in the Fiber Arts room!  Then, at 3:00pm you can show off your style at the Fashion Show in the Winifred Smith Hall, a beautiful venue for presenting your own flair.

But that’s not all!   Throughout the day there will be demos of all kinds in the Fiber Arts room including:

  • 11-11:30 Crochet Basics
  • 11:30-12:00 No Sew T-shirt Bags
  • 1:00-1:30 Knitting Basics
  • 1:30-2:00 Sew Fabric Flowers
  • 2:00-2:30 No Sew T-Shirt Modification

Whether you’re a beginner or a long time fiber-crafty person there’s something here for you!

Come join us and Discover the Maker in Yourself!

Lego Sumo-bot Build and Wrestle

Do you know a youngster 7 years or older that likes Legos?  How about robots?  What about both together!

Every summer Mathobotix hosts a day camp program at the Beall Center for Art + Technology for budding engineers teaching the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and math using teamwork and Lego components.

This year they are opening their doors on Saturday to offer a great one day program at the OC Mini Maker Faire!  Price is included with your ticket!

Sign-ups are open to kids 7 years and up.   Go to the Beall Ticket Booth  any time between 10:00am and 1:45pm to sign-up for the 2 hour workshop which begins at 2:00pm in the Beall.  At 4:00pm the kids can put their Sumo-bots to the test against each other in the Sumo-bot Competition at the amphitheater!

Learn to Solder!

We are happy to announce that the Learn to Solder kits are here!

And the DAT MakerSpace  group of UCI has agreed to run the Learn to Solder booth for us!

Soldering is the process of joining two or more pieces of metal using a third filler metal which has a lower melting point than the pieces being joined.    It is often used with electronics, plumbing, jewelry and many other applications.

Now, at the OC Mini Maker Faire, you can learn this simple but useful skill and make something to show off.   Purchase your kits through Eventbrite for just $2.50 and pick them up at the gate on the day of the event.   We’ll provide the soldering irons, solder and instruction.

Our little Learn to Solder kits came to us from the Maker Shed and were the official Learn to Solder badge at the 2012 Bay Area Maker Faire.

The LED eyes blink randomly and the battery is removable so you can turn it on and off.

Sorry, James, wrong kind of iron!

Robotics Society of Southern California

Meet Maya and her dad, Thomas.    Maya builds robots like the two she’s showing in this photo.  The one she’s holding came from a kit but the one on the table next to her is a hacked toy that, when it was new, just rolled back and forth.  Now, Body not only rolls back and forth but also moves his arms and head via voice command.  Not to shabby for a 6 year old, eh? Her dad, smiling proudly in the background, also builds robots.  He built Robot Betty9 and Elvis Robot, both of which are going to sing at the OC Mini Maker Faire.

Thomas invited me, Bequi, to attend a meeting of the Robotics Society of Southern California and talk a little bit about the OC Mini Maker Faire.    I accepted his invite and had a great time.

I was introduced to Walter, the President of RSSC, and he explained to me the day’s activities which included open meet and greet time, invited speakers, a robot competition and a show-and-tell at the end.

There were about 30 people at the meeting and during the meet-and-greet I spoke with several of them about various projects they were working on.   There was a two foot tall manufactured robot that a gentleman had hacked and replaced the arms  on for better functioning ones and added cameras and sensors so that it can guide it’s self around a room.

Another gentlman is working on a wheelchair that can be used for Ballroom Dancing!  He showed me video of the prototype and I was impressed.

My favorite part of the day was a the Robot Competition.  Five robots were challenged to traverse a long  T-shaped hall end to end passing open doorways and other anomalies in the wall; making three turn-arounds, including one at a glass door, and ending in the same spot that it started.

Being that it was purely for fun it was a bit chaotic and I’m not sure exactly who the winners were but, here are some photos of the contestants.

The day ended with a show-and-tell, unfortunately, I could not stay so I only caught part of the first one which was of a CNC machine.

Before I left the club voted and decided unanimously to move next month’s meeting to a different date so that the whole club can come to the OC Mini Maker Faire and run a booth as Makers!   I’m excited to see what they bring to share, I hope that Maya brings her wonderful creations and inspires other kids.

Next Saturday I’ve been invited to the Riverside Robotics Club, it should be another good time!

 

 

Call for Makers extended (vendors closed)

Thank you to everyone, both Makers and vendors, who filled out the Call for Makers application!

At this time we have more than enough vendors so we will be closing that part of the application and no longer accepting vendors.

However, we are extending the Call for Makers (Makers only) portion until June 15th so, if you haven’t joined us yet but are still interested in exhibiting your project please let us know soon!   You can reach the application by clicking on the button on the right side of the screen labeled Call for Makers.

Discover the Maker in Yourself!

Twenty-Two

As I write this we have 22 hours left on the Kickstarter campaign and only 27% of funding to go!   So far the amazing outpouring of support has been humbling, to each and every person who has pledged we thank you with all of our hearts.

To all of the Makers who have filled out the Call for Makers application or intend to, we welcome you aboard and thank you for joining us.  Without you there would be no Mini Maker Faire at all.

To all of the independant businesses who have signed on as vendors, we appreciate your efforts and are excited to see all the wonderful wares you have to sell.  Thank you for joining us.

To everyone who has so far purchased a ticket, thank you for believing in us and know that your purchase also helps to fund this marvelous event.

Only $661 left to go, we’re almost there!

Kickstarter Update

There’s  a mere 5 days left on our Kickstarter campaign and we’re only 29% funded, with your help we can bring the first Mini Maker Faire to Orange County!  Click here  for the latest update.

Thank you!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bequi/oc-mini-maker-faire/posts/234040