In its fourth year, the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire (VMMF) returns at the PNE Forum June 7 and 8 to inspire DIY enthusiasts at Vancouver’s biggest show and tell. At this family-friendly event, over 100 diverse Makers come together as a community to share what they have made and learned with interactive displays, demonstrations, and Making opportunities relating to art, electronics, robotics, music, crafts, kinetic sculptures, fire art, computer hacking, quilting, farming, engineering, and everything in between. Attendees who visit find that they want to become Makers in subsequent years. All are invited to participate – we are all makers!
The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire’s first-ever Workshop Series promises a diverse and exciting line-up! Whether you want to learn to build a robot, take part in a little bit of craftivism, have a lesson in upcycling, or learn some old-school letterpress skills, we’ve got something for you!
Make It Happen
Make It Happen is a showcase of ways people are sharing knowledge and resources. It is a partnership between Vancity Credit Union and Share Vancouver, including Modo The Car Co-op. Share Vancouver is led by sharing organizations collaborating to build and sustain sharing locally, in concert with the global collaborative economy movement. Its founding members include Modo The Car Co-op, Vancouver Tool Library, Share Shed, Vancouver Hack Space, Trade School Vancouver, The HiVE, Vancouver Community Laboratory (CoLab), Terminal City Glass Co-op, PogoRide, and Part-Time Pooch.
The group is collaborating with Vancouver Shareable, The Sharing Project and others to establish a centralized online hub of resources to facilitate sharing among individuals, co-ops and other organizations. Check out their interactive map of sharing resources across the city!
We’ve got some remarkable and inspiring speakers lined up for the 2014 Speakers Series. Jessica Oman of Write Ahead will teach you how to turn your ideas into reality in her “Can Your Invention Make Money?” presentation; author Kim Werker will share her thoughts on failure (and the stories we tell ourselves about failure); and local teacher Danny Tsang will tell us about his experiences using 3D printers with his secondary school students.
Maker Faire Marketplace
Check out some of Vancouver’s amazing talent when it comes to handmade goods! Our Marketplace is home to local favourite Makers like Kukubee, Locomotive Clothing, Living Lotus, and Devil May Wear, among others.
BC Libraries Cooperative’s MakerBrarians
The BC Libraries Co-op is excited about the future of Makerspaces in libraries, and will feature projects from a number of different BC libraries engaging the maker ethos, including drones, DIY book scanners, Raspberry Pis, and a maker pop-up lab.
Check out the list of Makers for 2014!
For photos from Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2011-2013, click here. Credit: Emily Smith
For photos from the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Flickr group, click here. Please give credit to the photographer.
Selected TV media coverage 2011-2013:
For more video footage, please visit Vancouver Mini Maker Faire’s YouTube channel.
Click here to access biographies of the Vancouver Maker Foundation Board and Staff.
Click here to read an interview with Founder Emily Smith on Make Magazine, October 2013.
For interviews or media access, please contact:
Conscious Public Relations Inc.
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“A cross between a science fair, community fair AND a farmers’ market.”
- Scout Magazine, May 31, 2013
“If Darth Vader had been a boozehound, you can bet 10,000 galactic credits he’d have stored his tequila and gin in Colin Johnson’s AT-AT cabinet.”
- Sabrina Furminger, WE Vancouver, May 30, 2013
“Art, invention, innovation and destruction interact.”
- Almas Meherally, Vancouver Sun, May 25, 2013
“‘Krrrpow, krr-cchsshhh’: Meet Prosthesis, a three-tonne robotic beast with four legs.”
- Kate Webb, Metro News Vancouver, April 19, 2013
“Maker Faire like a ‘science fair on steroids’ ”
- Metro Vancouver News, June 6, 2011