Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Speaker Series


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Day 1 Saturday June 1

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11:00-11:30 – Dethe Elza – Mozilla Foundation

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Waterbear: Drag-and-drop programming on the Web

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Dethe ElzaDethe Elza is a developer with the Mozilla Foundation, working primarily on the Collusion add-on for Firefox, which helps to track who is tracking you on the web. He is a geek dad, a subscriber to Make Magazine since the first issue, and learned to solder from his Grandpa when he was six. In his spare time he is developing Waterbear, a drag-and-drop programming toolkit for the web.

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Waterbear is a toolkit for making programming more accessible and fun. Having a visual language means you don’t have to focus on learning a syntax to start programming. Waterbear is good for kids, artists, and anyone who would like to make their computer do something new without having to become a “programmer” (although it could lead to that).

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11:30-12:00 – Andrew Bruce Lau – Zaber Technologies

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DIY & The Maker Movement: Turning Your Passion Into a Business

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andrewbrucelau1Andrew Bruce Lau is a co-founder of Zaber Technologies, a company specializing in precision motion control. He is also a Maker, dabbling in robotics, electric bikes, and gardening. Bruce believes that the spread of DIY culture is a “Good Thing.” It is catalyzed by curiosity, it is an outlet for creativity, and it is a driver for innovation. Bruce thinks that DIY can make your food taste better, make your bike go faster, and make your life more interesting.

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At Saturday’s talk, Bruce is going to share with you the story of how Zaber was founded by passionate Makers, how we took the scenic and non-linear route to grow the company organically and sustainably, and ultimately how you may even make a living doing what you love.

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12:00-2:00 – Panel Discussion with Chris McLean, Aric Norine & Kent Houston – Moderated by Dallas Luther

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Making It Happen: Urban Invention and Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding has begun to change the way we create, purchase and interact with new products. It has enabled individuals to find a willing market for new ideas. With almost 100,000 projects launched on Kickstarter in the last 3 years, creators and entrepreneurs have raised over $500 million in funding to pursue their dreams and build new products.

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Join us to hear three Vancouver entrepreneurs tell their story of going from inspiration to launch. Find out what it takes, how it’s done and what this new model means to a digital economy. See how design, rapid prototyping and online communities are creating a new marketplace for innovative goods.

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Chris McLean - Espro Press copyChris McLean – Espro Press

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Chris McLean is a design engineer who focuses on leading people through new product development programs using structured design methods. With over 15 years of R&D and commercial product experience in start-up companies, his goal is to grow companies through new products.

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Launched in 2012, The Espro Press is a precision coffee brewer with a patent-pending two-stage micro-filter that lets in all the flavors and keeps the grit out of your cup! In February of 2013, a new size of the Espro Press was successfully crowdfunded in less than a week, eventually receiving over 7 times its funding goal.

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Aric Norine - Stack Soap Bars copyAric Norine – Stack Soap Bars

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Aric Norine is the independent inventor behind STACK soap, a waste-free stackable soap bar that was successfully funded as a Kickstarter project in 2012. In 18 months, he developed STACK from paper idea to sellable product on Amazon.com in the United States. Mr. Norine is an advocate of self-learning and experimentation in product design through a combination of computer design and rapid prototyping.

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Kent Houston - Let's PatchKent Houston – Patch

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Recently launched on Kickstarter, Let’s Patch makes growing your own fresh herbs and greens easy with a sleek and compact self-watering planter system. Founded by Kent Houston, a consummate entrepreneur with a passion for urban agriculture, in Vancouver in early 2013.
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2:00-3:00 – Wendy Tremayne & Mikey Sklar – Swap-O-Rama-Rama & gaiatreehouse.com

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The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

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8459196294_91d1511ec1Wendy Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before moving to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis in a barren RV park with her partner, Mikey Sklar. She is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which has spread all over the world; a conceptual artist; a yogi; a gardener; and a writer. She has written for Craft’s webzine and Make magazine and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog Holy Scrap.

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Mikey Sklar, is a digital homesteader and open source hardware developer. His projects have progressed from human implants and flame effects into planet saving projects such as: building a home from waste materials,  installing pv solar systems, recovering electric vehicles from the waste stream and advanced food fermentation with the help of microcontrollers. He enjoys foraging wild foods and caring for various types of bacteria and fungus cultures.

 

tinycoverWendy and Mikey prerelease Wendy’s new book (June 5, 2013, Storey) The Good Life Lab at the Vancouver Maker Faire. In this talk they share the inspirational story of how they ditched their careers in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently. Alongside their personal story they present the discovery of a fulfilling lifestyle that relies less on money. They teach the art living from waste and from nature and teach how to make biofuel, DIY appliances for automating the homestead, build structures, gardens, and grow and forage food, and medicine. They present reasons for makers to share their innovations and ideas through open source and creative commons licenses.

 

 

3:00-4:00 – Panel Discussion with John Biehler, Eugene Suyu, Loial Otter & Dan Royer — Moderated by Dan Allard

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The Ethics of 3D Printing

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A panel of 3D printer enthusiasts will discuss the ethical implications of recent technical developments in the manufacturing abilities of 3D printers, the media’s reactions, and the potential legislative effects on 3D printer users in the short and long term.

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John BiehlerJohn Biehler – 3D604

John Biehler is a Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada based photographer, blogger, gadget geek, mobile phone nerd, teacher, traveler, MakerBot operator, 3D printer builder, maker and all around curious person. He co-founded 3D604.org, a club of 3D printing enthusiasts who meet monthly and help share knowledge of 3D printing.

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PrintEugene Suyu – Tinkerine Studio

Eugene Suyu is co-founder of Tinkerine Studio, a Vancouver-based company that specializes in 3D printing technologies and creative solutions, including rapid prototyping services like Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and laser cutting, as well as designing and distributing their own 3D printing machines.

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SAM_0448-300x225Loial Otter – Tesseract Industrial

Loial Otter is a 3D printing enthusiast and the driving force behind Tesseract Industrial, started in 2012 to develop adaptable 3D printers with enough size to build functional prototypes and production, combined with the strength required to do lightweight milling and speed to do 3D printing.

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Dan RoyerDan Royer – Marginally Clever

Dan Royer is trying to make the future more awesome, one robot at a time.  He’s a veteran of the video game industry, a fan of That Thing in the Desert, and still believes he’ll make it to the moon. He is also the principal behind marginallyclever.com, a Vancouver based company that builds robotic educational toys for kids of all ages.

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4:00-5:00 – Caitlin French

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Flax to Linen and Other Homespun Projects

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Caitlin FrenchCaitlin French spends a lot of time running around the woods collecting things to dye with. She dyes a line of yarn that can be found on her blog or Etsy.  She loves free-form crochet, and knitting most anything, weaving, spinning, felting and sewing. She makes most of the clothes that she wears. She is mostly self-taught at knitting & crochet, but went to fibre art school at the Kootenay School of the Arts and has a fine arts degree from UBC-Okanagan.

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Caitlin will be discussing her work with fabric and textiles, as well as some of her adventures into other media for practical, aesthetic DIY solutions.

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oDay 2 Sunday June 2

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11:00-11:30 – Wendy Tremayne & Mikey Sklar – Swap-O-Rama-Rama & gaiatreehouse.com

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The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living

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8459196294_91d1511ec1Wendy Tremayne was a creative director in a marketing firm in New York City before moving to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where she built an off-the-grid oasis in a barren RV park with her partner, Mikey Sklar. She is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which has spread all over the world; a conceptual artist; a yogi; a gardener; and a writer. She has written for Craft’s webzine and Make magazine and, with Mikey Sklar, keeps the blog Holy Scrap.

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Mikey Sklar, is a digital homesteader and open source hardware developer. His projects have progressed from human implants and flame effects into planet saving projects such as: building a home from waste materials,  installing pv solar systems, recovering electric vehicles from the waste stream and advanced food fermentation with the help of microcontrollers. He enjoys foraging wild foods and caring for various types of bacteria and fungus cultures.

 

tinycoverWendy and Mikey prerelease Wendy’s new book (June 5, 2013, Storey) The Good Life Lab at the Vancouver Maker Faire. In this talk they share the inspirational story of how they ditched their careers in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently. Alongside their personal story they present the discovery of a fulfilling lifestyle that relies less on money. They teach the art living from waste and from nature and teach how to make biofuel, DIY appliances for automating the homestead, build structures, gardens, and grow and forage food, and medicine. They present reasons for makers to share their innovations and ideas through open source and creative commons licenses.

 

 

11:30-12:30 – Kim Werker – Mighty Ugly

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Sometimes It Ain’t Pretty: How Mistakes, Failures and Hurdles Can Help Us Enjoy Making Stuff Even More

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Kim WerkerKim Werker is a writer, editor, blogger, crafter, and speaker. Her biggest passion is Mighty Ugly, about which she’s writing a book and through which she facilitates hands-on and discussion-based workshops to help people confront their creative demons, experiment with new approaches to creative expression and problem solving, and just generally have fun making stuff. Kim is also editor-in-chief of The Holocene, a digital microzine for DIYers and curious people due to launch in late 2013. She lives here in Vancouver with a tiny human, a grown-up human and a mutt. Say hi and see what she’s up to at www.kimwerker.com and www.mightyugly.com.

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Kim will deliver a talk and facilitate a conversation about making the best out of the mistakes, failures and hurdles that challenge every maker. Come with questions and anecdotes!

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12:30-1:00 – Ryan Smith – Vancouver Hack Space

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Vancouver Hack Space: Past, Present & Future

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Ryan Smith (Goldfish)Ryan Smith, also known as Goldfish, is a Vancouver based hacker and noise maker. As a founding member of the Vancouver Hack Space, goldfish has seen the maker scene in Vancouver grow and share in the last five years.

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With the recent move to 270 East 1st Avenue, the Vancouver Hack Space is finally in a position to realize the goal that it has been working towards for the last five years. Come and hear about the humble beginnings of the Vancouver Hack Space and the slow and steady growth of this local member supported community.

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1:00-2:00 – Emma Irwin & Helen Lee – Mozilla Foundation

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Introduction to Mozilla Webmaker: Building a generation of webmakers

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Emma Irwin - Mozilla FoundationEmma Irwin is a Senior Web Developer  focused on open source collaboration in higher education, most recently at Royal Roads University.  Emma is an advocate for web literacy, and regularly spends time organizing youth hackjams in her volunteer role as a Mozilla Rep. Emma believes very strongly in the power of  ‘Learning by Making’, a focus which regularly powers her contribution to Mozilla’s Webmaker project.  Emma is mom to three girls, all with very individual maker-powers!

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Helen Lee - Mozilla FoundationHelen Lee is an E-Learning Technician at Royal Roads University and a recent graduate of Teachers College Columbia University where she completed her MA in Instructional Technology & Media. She also has a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.  While completing her Masters, Helen interned with The Mozilla Foundation where she worked with Hive NYC on the Hackasaurus project teaching youth HTML, CSS and other web making skills.  As a Mozillian, she volunteers and collaborates with other Webmakers in an effort to #teachtheweb by hosting webmaker workshops at schools, after-schools and local festivals.

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Webmaker includes a collection of tools to help people become Makers on the web. X-Ray Goggles allows you to explore and remix any web page. Thimble helps you to make and share your own web page. Popcorn Maker lets you supercharge web video.

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2:00-2:30 – Reilly Yeo – OpenMedia.ca

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A Fair Deal for Users & Creators: Reinventing Copyright for the Digital Age

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Reilly YeoReilly Yeo is the Managing Director of OpenMedia.ca. Reilly is an organizer, facilitator and writer with ten years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. She joined OpenMedia.ca in 2009 with a diverse professional and academic background including work with Amnesty International, The Walrus magazine and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She led the organizing team for the first Vancouver ChangeCamp (an unconference on open government and participatory politics) and spent two years facilitating national in-person and online dialogues to rethink foreign policy through the SFU Centre for Dialogue. Reilly has MAs in Comparative Politics (McGill) and English Literature (UBC). She is a specialist in communications on complex issues.

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OpenMedia is a network of people and organizations working to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet, working towards informed and participatory digital policy and empowering people to participate in Internet governance through fresh & engaging citizens’ campaigns. OpenMedia is most well-known for coordinating Stop The Meter, the largest online campaign in Canadian history, involving over half-a-million people and proving that the pro-Internet community can come together and make change.

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2:30-3:00 – Holly Cruise – HollyCruise.com

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FUN with Glass: How to Work with Fire and Not Get in Trouble!

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holly_cruiseHolly Cruise began her career in the arts at the age of 19 working for UrbanGlass, the New York Experimental Glass Workshop in Brooklyn, NY. She then moved to New Orleans, LA where she worked in a production glassblowing facility. Holly came to Vancouver in 1999, and began working for New-Small & Sterling Studio Glass. During this time she continued to pursue her careers as both a hot glass & flameworking glass artist, making work ranging from giant glass robots, to tiny glass birds. She is co-founder and Program Director of Terminal City Glass Co-op, Canada’s first non-profit co-operative glass arts studio.

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Holly will guide the audience through her experience using fire to create art while safely navigating the hazards of the industry, both physical and regulatory. She will show and explain different techniques in glass making, and highlight the tools and gear used in the process.

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3:00-3:30 – Zee Kessler – Maker Mobile

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The Maker Mobile

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Zee keslerZee Kesler left the Ontario College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. and an urge to create an inclusive community-based space outside of a gallery setting. Zee has worked in a variety of capacities as an Artist Intern with the Vancouver Park Board’s Artist In Communities Program, and as a workshop leader and installation artist at festivals and large public events.  Her personal practice is exploratory and multidisciplinary, utilizing found objects, soundscapes, collage and site-specific installations to explore ideas of inter-connectivity, personal and public space.

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The Maker Mobile is a cube van cleverly transformed into a workspace for up to ten people. In this cool mobile laboratory, participants will experience the satisfaction of discovery and learn to be a creator, rather than a consumer of products and technology. The Maker Mobile was created by four teachers who want to share their love for building creative projects and get young people involved in Vancouver’s maker community.

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3:30-4:00 – Amber Haase – Element Botanicals

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DIY Body Care Products

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Amber Haase - Element BotanicalsAmber Haase is the creator of Element Botanicals, purveyors of fine hand made body care. Amber has had a lifelong passion and interest in natural therapies and has earned certificates in herbalism, aromatherapy, botany and anatomy among others. Amber really enjoys getting crafty and showing others how to create their own natural treatments with stuff they’ve probably already got in or growing around their home…She and her husband/business partner Hardy live in rural BC where they enjoy making things, growing things and raising animals and two kids.

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Amber will be showing the audience how to create body care products from scratch at home. Swing by and learn about the impressive effects of every day ingredients and what makes them work wonders…’Cause hey, its just your skin and you’re totally covered in it!

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4:00-5:00 – Sabrina Hauser and Markus Lorenz Schilling

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Programming with vvvv, a hybrid graphical & textual programming language

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Sabrina Hauser is an interaction designer and design researcher currently doing her PhD at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada. She is originally from Germany, where she studied Information Science and Design and worked in academic guidance in the interaction design dept. of the design university HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd and as a lecturer. Her research interest include sustainable Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction design, design for change, design activism, sustainable DIY practices, everyday design practices, practice theory, research through making/design, and design fictions.In her free time Sabrina can be found hiking and camping with her dog and friends, gardening, playing ukulele, diving around the Hawaiian islands, and cooking or baking vegan goodies.

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Markus Lorenz SchillingMarkus Lorenz Schilling is an interaction designer and design researcher who recently graduaded from Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, a design university influenced by Ulm School of Design and Bauhaus. He is currently a grad student (MA) at School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He is interested in embodied interaction, tangible interfaces, sustainable interaction design, DIY practises, and design teaching.

When not studying, designing or tinkering Markus can be found doing sports, seeing friends, reading books, listening to music, taking pictures and doing even more sports. Oh – and he thinks sandboxes are just fantastic.

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Sabrina and Markus will be talking about vvvv, a programming language for creative folks, its use for easy prototyping, and demonstrate a variety of applications.

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