Maker Town Hall

Thinking about participating for the first time at this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire? Not sure if what you do makes you a Maker, or if anybody else would be interested in your project? Maybe you’ve participated at a past VMMF but have some questions that need answering before you do it again.

 

Then the Maker Town Hall is for you!

 

Join us for an evening of presentations, Q&As, socializing & meeting of fellow makers. Get your curiosity piqued, questions answered, and enthusiasm pumped.

 

Date: Saturday March 1, 2014
Time: Doors at 7:30pm, event from 8:00-10:30pm
Location: One Thousand Rivers, 54 E. 4th Ave., Vancouver
Cost: The Maker Town Hall is free but due to limited space pre-registration is strongly suggested.

 

*Please note: The Maker Town Hall is intended for people new to participating in a Mini Maker Faire, or past participants who are uncertain about their involvement this year. We will be having another event in a couple of months for veteran VMMF Makers who are already planning on participating.

 

photo by blue mollusc

photo by blue mollusc

 







Got Craft? at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

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Image Credit: jeanie.stu-dio.com

New for 2013: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is teaming up with Got Craft? to create a specially curated crafting section at the event.

What is Got Craft?

Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture by supporting like-minded events such as DIY @ Museum of Vancouver, the Austin, TX and Vancouver Premiere of Handmade Nation, Swap-O-Rama-Rama 2009 and 2010, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and the Sweetie Pie Press 2011 Summer Craft Tour. We wanted to curate a boutique event to showcase some of our favourite handmade artists and provide Vancouver the opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods and meet the makers in person to talk about their creative processes.

Want to participate in this opportunity?

Don’t delay, apply now.







Less than 2 days left of Call for Makers!

 

All good things must come to an end, and the Call for Makers for Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2012 is no different. We’ve had some excellet Makers apply over the last 10 weeks, and I can’t wait to share some of them with you via this blog!

 

But it’s time to finalize the planning for the event, and as such Saturday May 19 will mark the end of the Call for Makers. If you’ve been putting off applying, now’s your last chance to get in! So head on over to the Call for Makers page, and fill out one of the application forms.

 







Makers & innovators; 3 more days to apply!

Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, recalls the launch of Make Magazine and Maker Faire, and says that hobbyists playing with new technologies have often led the way into hotbeds of a new industry.

“I think that self-motivated spirit is what drives entrepreneurs, and we need to have it drive everyone,” O’Reilly says. “Because if you do something useful, if you do something for love, some good percentage of those things will actually turn into a business. That’s really the heart of entrepreneurship; wanting to make something happen.”

 

Even if you’re not on the edge of technology and innovation, or looking to turn your hobby into a full-time job, there is still so much to be gained from being around other creative people. Gardeners look at the world much differently than programmers however, together they are unlocking our future. So, no matter what you love to create, you should come show it off at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

 

There are only 3 days left in the early bird call for Makers. So, take a minute and sign up.

 







Only 4 More Days to Apply to be a Maker and Receive the Early Bird Rate!

Don’t put it off any longer; right now is the time to apply! This early bird rate is best for commercial vendors. Rates will increase by 20% after this Saturday, April 21st.



Calling all craft vendors, farmers, tech-tinkerers, hobbiests and more! Don’t delay, apply to be a Maker before the cut off of this Saturday. Precious space is filling up quickly and we want to make sure we reserve a space for your project. Apply now.







Call For Contributors: Art Bike Project


Vancouver Mini Maker Faire will be decorating, building and creating custom bikes, of all shapes and sizes (the crazier the better). We are  also looking for people that already have crazy bicycles, to perhaps pimp them out to promote the Maker spirit leading up to the faire. Click here to sign up!


VMMF Art Bike Project’s intentions are to :

  • Promote Maker Faire and other organizations that choose to be involved in the project
  • Promote DIY and the maker movement in general
  • Encourage cross-pollination between bike and art/maker groups
  • Add creative and thought-provoking artwork into the public realm
  • And promote cycling, of course!

 

What Else We’re Looking For:

  • Groups/individuals who would like to donate bicycle parts (working or not)
  • Groups/individuals who would like to build their own bike
  • Enthusiastic people that want to to help build bikes – experience a plus, but not necessary
  • Help/Ideas/Inspiration for decorating bikes: detailed painting, yarn-bombing/knitting, attaching fun and unusual items
  • Volunteers to shuffle bikes to new locations every couple of days
  • People that just want to decorate their own bikes!

 

What we need:

  • Bicycle parts/scooter/skateboard parts/wheeled things
  • Printer/Banner materials
  • Silkscreen experts (we have supplies, but need some hands!)
  • Locations to build/store bikes
  • Helmets (Used as props only, so no need to meet safety requirements)
  • Locks

 

We will be showcasing some of the bikes that are made, for the main event held at the Pacific National Exhibition on June 23rd/24th, 2012.
We already have a few bikes ready for our “Meet your Makers” kick-off party at the Museum of Vancouver on March 15, 2012. It would also be wonderful, if anyone wants to trick-out their own bike (or have us do it up for you) and bring it to the kick-off event!

If you would like to help with this project, click here. Or copy and paste the following link in your browser:

 

http://bit.ly/yMmLiw

If you have any questions, send an email to cnorberg@makerfaire.ca or mikez@makerfaire.ca.







Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in 2012 at the PNE June 23rd-24th weekend

This year, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire will be held in the Forum Room at the PNE. That’s right. 48 000 square feet of Makery Goodness waiting for Makers to fill it! (And that’s just the indoor space). Don’t forget to fill out your application to be a Maker, as the Call for Makers has just opened!