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Instructables at the Maker Faire! Answered


Here you go!

We spent two days talking to hundreds, maybe thousands of people about the site.

We were amazed at how many people had heard of us, and used it regularly, but never quite got round to joining.

We were proud of the number of other Makers who were members of Instructables.

We were pleasantly surprised by people presenting crafts they had learned from instructables, and were telling others about the site.

We met the very nice people from Sugru.  We met the slightly manic folk from various Hackerspaces.  We met the dedicated folk from SciCast. 

There were people knitting neurons, soldering badges, hacking the Kinect, battling robots, playing tennis on bicycles, controlling fire with sound, playing music with Tesla coils, building an electric Mini, chasing small children with wheelie bins, performing the thermite reaction in their bare hands, building a temporary home from "Sold" signs.

Hannah wrote an Instructable.

There were automata, robots, ancient computers, amazing materials, musicians, artists, crafters, and hackers.

There was a giant cardboard spider, a self-balancing skateboard from this site, a water-cooled armchair, a fire-breathing dragon, 3d printers printing 3d printers, and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people all interested in Making Cool Stuff.

Have a look at the photos - the image-notes are still buggy, so if there's one you don't understand, just ask.

Oh, and the members we know we met were...
We probably met more than that - if I missed you off the list, please let me know!

The first of the videos...



 


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gruffalo child (author)2011-03-31

Oh why, oh why do I always have SCHOOL when such great things happen???

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End of August, the camping meetup ?

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Oh, Oh yes, Oh no! It is THREE days after I come from a month's camping with the Physics part of my school and some others and FIVE day before SCHOOL starts...
I suppose it could be possible, but I'm not quite sure Mum'll like it.

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gruffalo child (author)Kiteman2011-04-07

My profile states Moscow as 'location', because this is where I go to school, however most of my family spends most of the time in London...
Even worse:
Our half-terms are NOT connected to anybody's holidays in any country and
We have school on Saturdays, even though it (the school) is Jewish...

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gruffalo child (author)Kiteman2011-04-07

Not quite so ouchy.
I love it all the same...

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lockpick (author)2011-04-06

I will be at the one in the BayArea. Any one else?

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Kiteman (author)2011-03-30

The BBC report from the faire has finally hit the web. Unfortunately, Ms Gibson's interview of Conker-X did not make the final edit.

If you watch carefully, though, you can see the end of the table where Hannah was sitting.


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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2011-03-30

I am unable to find that...

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zack247 (author)2011-03-27

man, i really wish i either lived in the UK or the maker faire would come to Saskatoon!

ive always wanted to go!

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Kiteman (author)zack2472011-03-27

There are Faires in the US that you could get to if you planned ahead.

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zack247 (author)Kiteman2011-03-27

well once i get my license i'll be heading down there!

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lemonie (author)2011-03-27

Good stuff. (I found out much too late, again)

L

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2011-03-27

Start planning for next year, then.

If funding allows, it will be on again, but there were rumours of a larger event in the Early or late summer.

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2011-03-27

I'm sure that last year I said "someone remind me next time"...

L

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2011-03-27

Consider yourself reminded... ;-)

Hannah would be the best person to ask about next year's dates, since she managed to have a chat with the event organiser while we were there.

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scoochmaroo (author)2011-03-14

I want names to go with faces!

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

PKM explaining his sterling engine.

Again.

And again.

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scraptopower (author)Kiteman2011-03-24

So, how does it work ? :S

Looks great there :)

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

Conker-X being interviewed by the BBC.

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

Still waiting to see it turn up on their website - expect links within minutes of it seeing daylight.

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

Gmjhowe talking to punters.

Johnnybo playing with lego.

I think that may be Jane from Sugru that Jake is talking to...?

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lizzyastro (author)Kiteman2011-03-15

Looks like Sugru Jane to me

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2011-03-15

Oops, that's Will, not Johnny.

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

Dang!

I just realised that nobody who I know took my picture!

And I was wearing my new jacket as well!

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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2011-03-15

This one or the Hugh Hefner model?

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2011-03-15

I'll send you my measurements...

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Kiteman (author)lizzyastro2011-03-15

Who's that bald guy?

Oh...

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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2011-03-15
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Kiteman (author)lizzyastro2011-03-15

Thanks, I shall look at that later - Flickr is filtered at school.

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

Conker-X and Johnnybo becoming experts on 3d printing, thanks to Stewart.

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

Kitewife, Lizzyastro, Rainbow_Han knitting & crocheting stuff to give away.

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Kiteman (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-15

XenonJohn being interviewed by the gadget show

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Podling (author)2011-03-16

Excellent stuff, it was great meeting you all there! Would it be ok if I used your video of the Tesla coils in a blog post I'm doing? (I keep a blog for my performance technology class and I think it would interest them but I didn't get a video of my own)

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Kiteman (author)Podling2011-03-16

Feel free!

There are videos on YouTube of the other set of coils that were in the other half of the venue as well.

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steveastrouk (author)2011-03-15

There were 2500 through the door on Saturday alone.

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Kiteman (author)steveastrouk2011-03-15

Is that all? It felt like sooo many more!

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whatsisface (author)2011-03-14

I'd have popped down if it wasn't for the ridiculous amount of work I had, looks fantastic!

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Kiteman (author)whatsisface2011-03-15
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Goodhart (author)2011-03-15

With the "wheelie bins" they could have used a Tardis, but I did see the picture of the Dalek still :-)

There seemed to be more there then at the one at the Science center in Queens NYC. 

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2011-03-15

The bins and the Daleks were two different groups.

I have more video of the event, I just haven't managed to put it all together yet.

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projectsugru (author)2011-03-15

Hi Kiteman, great to meet you at the faire, it was awesome :)
James

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Kiteman (author)projectsugru2011-03-15

Indeed it was! I haven't met so many cool people in such a short time before.

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dombeef (author)2011-03-14

Wow, too bad I am in Florida. It looks amazing

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lizzyastro (author)2011-03-14


Greensteam
was also there and made herself known to us

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