Call for Makers for Maker Faire

Entries are now being accepted for the bay area Maker Faire that will be happening on May 3-4 in San Mateo. This is an awesome event and we'll be there to represent, but we'd love to see some of you guys show off your cool ideas as well. You have until March 12 for entries. If you want to show off what you can bring in person, there are tryouts on Feb. 17 at the Exploratorium.Here are a few suggested topics: - Things Made From Recycled Items - Making Musical Instruments - 3D Printers and CNC Milling - Textile Arts - Home Automation - Rockets - Ham Radio - Puzzles, Games and Toys - Cars (hot rods, custom vans, electric vehicles) - Airplanes and Aeronautics (models, etc) - Biology/Biotech - Chemistry - Food Makers - Model Trains and Planes - Green Tech - Sewing and Felting - Kites - Old Farm or Garden Equipment (Tractors, etc.) - Temporary Structures (Tents, Domes, etc.) - Unusual Tools or Machines - How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.) Call for Makers

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Maker Faire UK!

Maker Faire is crossing the pond and will be landing in the UK! It will be happening on March 14-15 during the Newcastle ScienceFest which runs from March 6-15. After three years Maker Faire is going international!No word on whether there's an open call for makers to go and demonstrate their own creations just yet. Maker Faire UK

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Maker Faire on the BBC

The title says it all. Go here.  Read it.  Follow links. (I didn't see any Instructables T-shirts in the videos...)

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Maker Faire This Weekend!

Is anyone going to be even close to Austin this weekend? If so, drop by our booth and say "hi" on Saturday or Sunday. We'd love to talk to you and give you some stickers. Our stuff is already heading out on a big ol' truck, but Canida and I will be heading out later this week to see what Austin, Texas has to offer and bask in the Texas atmosphere. Hope to see you there.

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Current at Maker Faire

I'm sure you know that the Maker Faire is next weekend... and all of us at Current.com and Current TV are excited to share with you that we are going to be there! If you are going, please drop by our booth and introduce yourself (you can find us at booth #217-X). We'll have a very special DIY treat to share with you, and a full set of computers if you need a place to blog from (and for those of you interested in embarking in the wild world of vlogging, we'll have webcams too!) If you aren't going to the Maker Faire, then feel free to visit us at http://current.com/topics/32970052_maker_faire If there is something that you are just dying to learn more about or get a closer look at, we have a team of people on the ground with cameras in hand who can be your eyes and ears for you. Just email your questions on the above mentioned page, or email Leah at llamb@current.com. Videocan not parse options from: classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="400" height="400">, {width:425, height:350} And by all means, feel free to introduce you and your DIY blog by clipping your blog comments to the http://current.com/topics/32970052_maker_faire You make all sorts of things. We want to hear about it. PeaceAda

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2009 Maker Faire

Our presentation booth details for this year's Bay Area Maker Faire has just arrived and all of us here at Instructables are revved up and rearing to go. We are especially excited that Radioactive_Legos has decided to show off his 48V Electric Bike at our booth; it was a runner-up in the Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest. If you have an awesome project that you have posted to Instructables and would like the chance to show it off without getting your own booth (having your own booth is awesome, but a hefty time commitment - sometimes it's nice to be able to see the Maker Faire!), contact noahw and let him know! We'll probably have room for your project at the Instructables booth, and we'd love to showcase as many cool user projects as we can.Also! Even though this year's Maker Faire is only now two months away, you still another 10 days to sign up for your very own presentation booth. Sign up at the official Maker Faire website.Whether you're coming to present your work or gawk, we look forward to seeing you!... and for those of you on the east coast or in the UK, we have you in our hearts ;-)

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Maker Faire Africa

Maker Faire Africa! need I say more?http://makerfaireafrica.com/August 13-15, in Accra, Ghana. I'd love to go to this...It's being put on by Afrigadget with the full support of Make MagazineIf you can't go but think this is a fantastic idea, they're looking for sponsors. If that's a bit more than you can handle, they are also accepting donations through PayPal (button on the front page of MakerFaireAfrica.com).

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Maker Faire NC

So there's a Maker Faire in North Carolina on April 25.  Check it out Who's going? Who's getting a booth? What are the odds of Instructables showing up for this one? =]

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Maker Faire, Denver

May  3 + 4, 2014  at the National Western complex http://denvermakerfaire.com/ I'll be doing a live demo of my -ible "monkey hunter"  all weekend, and a speech about this build, and making in general on Saturday, 2pm. Some of the other madscientists will have robots, including autonomous ones, and a pedal powered excercise-bike-air-gun. Lots of other makers, too!         Dan

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Instructables at the Maker Faire!

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... Spartacus. Insomniac. XenonJohn (and his self-balancing skateboard!) Aidy22475. Sweavo. Oopstudios (I don't think I spelled that correctly) Spikeuk. Podling. JamJarcollective (I could have watched their ball-coasters all day...) Greensteam. 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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Maker Fair Detroit

There are some people (myself included), that have never been to a Maker Fair. I'm am planning on going to the one in Detroit, but I though it would be nice for all of you people who have been there before to help us newbies out. Here are some questions that would be good to answer, and feel free to add any more information (all is welcome!). Thanks guys! 1.) What can I expect? i.e. what/who will be there, how big is it, ect. 2.) If you have been there, what are your favorite things to see? 3.) Anything else fun to do in Detroit, or good restaurants? 4.) Are any of you fellow instructablers going?

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Instructables at Maker Faire!

Instructables will be at the Autodesk booth at the San Mateo Maker Faire! Anyone going?

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Maker Faire UK

Advanced notice: Looks like a Maker Faire will be held at the Newcastle Science Fair on the 13/14th March 2010. Anyone thinking that far in advance, and wants to meet up post in here. We've already booked a hotel for the night.

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Meet at Maker Faire

Hi Everyone! Sadly, Instructables will not have a booth at this year's Bay Area Maker Faire. BUT, some of our employees are going to meet up on Saturday for anyone that wants to get together and chat and take a group picture! The plan is to meet at in the middle of Zone 5 at 1PM on Saturday (I tried to circle it on the map, but there isn't a specific spot). We will try to Instagram a picture at 12:45PM to let people know where to meet. If you have it, wear your robot shirts, stickers, or patches (homemade or official)!

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Who's Going to the Maker Faire?

Hey everyone! I was just wondering who was going to the maker faire! I thought it might be cool to meet some of the instructable go-ers'!

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Maker Faire unboxed - ZDNET

The Maker Faire, which took place over the weekend in San Mateo, Calif., celebrated the do-it-yourself ethos. This manifested in both the "makers" who brought their personal projects and the attendees, including the ones who chose to interact with the projects. The festival was the third in San Mateo, in addition to one held last fall in Austin, Texas. It is put on by the people behind Make magazine. In 2006, 20,000 people attended the Bay Area event. In 2007, that number swelled to 40,000. It is not clear how many people attended over the weekend. But if the hefty crowds were any indication, the figure surely increasedArticle and photo Gallery

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Maker Faire: Call for Entries

Maker Faire is holding auditions for Maker Faire on March 8. Have something you want to show and haven't already submitted it? Try wowing the Maker folks in person in San Jose. See also: Call for Makers Calling All Makers - Auditions for Maker Faire 2009 to be held on Sunday, March 8 In preparation for this year's event, a team from MAKE magazine (www.makezine.com) will be scheduling 15-minute appointments at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, March 8th, from noon to 4pm, to preview, and meet with, potential makers, crafters and inventors from the area. "We're looking for anyone who has something fun to share, something they've made with their hands," explains Dale Dougherty, Publisher & Editor of MAKE magazine. "It can be practical or impractical--it could be something simple like a creative costume or maybe some handmade jewelry. Or it could be something wild like a bike with ten wheels, or a dog-powered lawn mower. Whatever it is, the more creative and imaginative, the better!" Audition Details: When: Sunday, March 8th, 2009 (noon - 4pm) Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation 201 South Market Street San Jose, CA 95113-2008 (408) 795.6225 Admission: FREE Contact for Auditions and to schedule a 15-minute appointment: Sherry Huss, (707) 827-7074 or sherry@oreilly.com

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Maker Faire:NC

Maker Faire:NC is coming on April 25, 2010!  The event will be held in Durham, NC.  Come one, come all! www.makerfairenc.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maker-Faire-NC/161886479756 www.twitter.com/makerfairenc

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Calgary Mini Maker Faire - Update

Calgary Mini Maker Faire is just weeks away from showtime.  This is the third year and the projects are amazing. Not an event to miss.  Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.sparkscience.ca/events/community/mini-maker-faire/view/2014-09-06 Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Calgary Mini Maker Faire September 6th and 7th, 2014 Telus Spark Science Centre

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Win a Free Ticket to Maker Faire

Maker Faire is coming soon and we're going to be there. Will you? If you want to go, but haven't gotten a ticket yet, then check out this contest over at CNET where they're giving away 20 tickets to the event.Read the details below. It can't take you that long to write about DIY and America, right? Go for it and let us know if you win one.The event's organizers have given me 20 passes to award CNET News readers. And all you have to do to win one is tell me, in 150 words or less, how you would use DIY to remake America (the event's theme).So, send your 150-words-max ideas to me at daniel(dot)terdiman-*at*-cnet(dot)com by May 8 (please include the words "Maker Faire contest" in your e-mail subject line, as well as your full name in your e-mail), and maybe I'll be seeing you at Maker Faire. UPDATE: This is for the Maker Faire in California, not Texas. Win a free ticket to Maker Faire

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Manchester UK Mini-Maker Faire in July

News of another Maker Faire in the UK. The big Newcastle event has been postponed until next year. Its being held at the Manchester Museum of science and industry http://www.mosi.org.uk/whats-on/manchester-mini-maker-faire.aspx

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Maker Faire Ticket Giveaway

We have 4 extra Maker Fair tickets to give away to 4 lucky people. To qualify for one of these tickets, you must meet most (if not all) of the following requirements: 1. You must be at least 16 years of age 2. You must be a regular user of this website and willing to spend 2 hours hanging out at the Instructables booth talking about the site. 3. You should have an awesome project to bring. This project is ideally small, easily transportable and requires little to no setup. 4. You must be located in the Bay Area and able to get yourself to the Maker Faire. 5. You must like having fun with a whole bunch of fun people. If you think this describes you, send me a private message and let me know who you are, why you want to hang out at the Instructables booth and what you want to bring. The first four qualified people to contact me each get a ticket.

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Tattoo Madness at the Maker Faire

My favorite moment from the Maker Faire.A guy used an Instructable of mine to design his tattoo!

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Calgary Mini Maker Faire

Calgary Mini Maker Faire happens this Saturday, September 8th.  If you are in the area be sure to come by.  makerfaireyyc.ca

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Maker Faire NYC 2012

Who is going? Would you like to meet up? I will be there tomorrow (Sunday).

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Maker Faire UK on BBC

The BBC stopped by the Maker Faire UK that happened this last weekend in Newcastle. They were especially interested in the robotics. A fire-breathing horse, a walking and singing robot, iRobots, and battlebots. Nothing else about the rest of it, but the video's worth checking out.See also:Maker Faire UK in 3DLemonie's report

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Maker Faire UK in 3D!

Maker Faire UK went down this past weekend in Newcastle and here are the red and cyan 3D pics to prove it! So did anyone from here go? And do you have any regular pics to share? I tossed my last pair of 3D glasses away about 20 years ago. Link via Make blogUPDATE: Catch Lemonie's report here.

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Jug Hero to be at Maker Faire

The Make Blog has announced that Jug Hero will be at Maker Faire this year. You play the game by blowing over the mouth of the jug in time to the scrolling images similar to Guitar Hero. For extra points you can clink the bottles together.The graphics look to be a little lacking helping you out with the timing, but it's a cool idea. Hopefully it'll get a little fine-tuned for the big event.

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Maker Faire Light Doodles

We participated in the recent bay area Maker Faire where we taught hundreds of people to draw with light taking over 800 pictures. It was a blast.Were any of you there? I saw the guy that made the coffee press.You can see my personal favorites on Flickr at The Best of Maker Faire Light Doodles.

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Free Maker Faire Tickets

I've got two free tickets to give away for Maker Faire Bay Area, happening on May 19th and 20th! You have until 12:00 NOON PST tomorrow to enter. See my blog for details.

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Tesla Music at the Maker Faire!

So today I got a sneek peek of the Maker Faire at Young Maker's Day. And with it, something that simply blew me away. This tesla coil demo uses two TALL towers with lightning bolts coming out the top. The lightning bolts are what make the music! And the drums are robotic! That's what's waiting for all who are coming over the weekend. Enjoy! I included a video. Young Maker Day: Amazing Tesla Coil Music! @ Yahoo! Video

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Caitlin on the Maker Faire catwalk

Our fabulous Textile Enchantress Lynne Bruning  put on an e-textile fashion show at the World Maker Faire NYC 2010.  A collection from various makers who integrate technology into wearable fashion.  Caitlin modelled the blinking glove and i-hoodie which put some Instructables Righteousness into the show( ok, I had to bribe Caitlin to get on stage).  What an opportunity to showcase a project. Thanks to Lynne for giving us 15 minutes of fame. Below is the video from Lynne's website. Browse through to get some ideas for the Soft Circuit Contest.  Get inspired to make something for the next Maker Faire.

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Maker Faire 2009: Porkshanks

I met Instructables member Porkshanks (creator of the Ambience Enhancer) while wandering through the Steampunk Village. Lots of cool things - so much, in fact, that I completely failed to take a close-up of the Ambience Enhancer!Check out the rest of Molly's work here on deviantART.

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Tips on Makers Fair Detroit? Answered

I am planning on going to Maker's Fair Detroit. I have never been before. I had some questions, and I figured this would be the best place to ask. So, here they are. 1.) What can I expect? i.e. what/who will be there, how big is it, ect. 2.) If you have been there, what are your favorite things to see? 3.) Anything else fun to do in Detroit, or good restaurants? 4.) Are any of you fellow instructablers going? Thank you in advance, and I hope to see you there!               -Splazem

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Maker Fair Detroit Vacation

Well, I'm back from my vacation. It was awesome. First, I hit Maker Fair Detroit. I saw some pretty cool things. They include (in no particular order): Life Size Mouse Trap, Diet Coke and Mentos, a bunch of people riding wacky bikes, Iron Pour, races with a whole bunch of different vehicles, all-around crazy people, and the instructables booth. The instructables booth was the best, of course. Taking several trips there, I met frenzy, zazenergy, wilgubeast, and ostomesto (he was working a shift at the booth). Everyone was so nice (they gave me sugru, a patch, and stickers), and it was awesome to see them and meet them. At the instructables booth they had the most useless machine, the mohawk helmet, and the robot-pirate flag. Also, at the first day of Maker Fair, I wore my robot shirt with a camera in the robot's eye (instructable hopefully coming soon). It was funny seeing Frenzy so worried. Right away he asked, "What happened to his eye?!?". It's o.k. frenzy and robot lovers, I was careful when I did the procedure. I was hoping to get some good shots of the Fair, but alas, I had never used the camera shirt before so most of the pictures were of the sky (but I guess clouds are pretty too). I also got an arduino starter kit, so expect some cool arduino instructables coming in a couple of months (I say months because as of right now, it makes no sense). The rest of my vacation was fun: I stopped by Bad Axe (say it a couple of times quickly and you'll realize how cool this town name is) to get a hat, went fishing, and found out I won in the Fitness Challenge while on my iPod in an ice cream shop. Well, that's about it. 

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First Maker Faire in Germany

I just found out, that there will be a Maker Faire in Germany: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Maker-Faire-kommt-im-August-nach-Hannover-1807524.html I'll be certainly going, who else will be there? I'm really looking forward to meeting a few fellow Instructables members.

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Maker Faire NYC 2011

Here is the recap and pix of today's festivities at Maker Faire in New York City. https://www.instructables.com/id/Maker-Faire-NYC-2011/ Eric will be presenting his "K'Nex Gun Site Acquired by Billion-dollar CAD Maker - What Gives?" tomorrow.   Dunno.  Look for my writeup or video...wait Enjoy!

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Will you be Exhibiting at Maker Faire?

Will you have your own booth at this year's Maker Faire in San Mateo? Let us know in the comments below, and share a little about your booth and what projects you'll be showing off. Can't wait to see you there!

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Mini maker faire kerkrade

The 7th and 8th of September there will be a Maker Faire in Kerkrade, Nederland. If you want to participate, last time I checked (five minutes ago) the call for makers was still opened. More information can be found here: http://www.makerfairekerkrade.com I'd love to know who else is coming!

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Maker Faire NY 2011?

We'll be at Maker Faire NYC on September 17 & 18, at the Hall of Science in Queens. Last year lots of awesome people came to visit - will you be there this year?  We'll have office hours again this year so you can be sure to meet up with everyone at once.

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KnowHow goes to Maker Faire

Tim Anderson takes us on a tour of Maker Faire 2007. See The Haul, a self-propelled victorian house with a steam engine, learn to run a gasoline engine on coffee grounds or anything that burns, see a robot pull a chariot, etc etc.Do you like it? Digg it!.

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Maker Faire 2009: Datamancer

More steampunk fun: check out Doc Nagy's incredible steampunk keyboards and laptop casemod. Ridiculously detailed, gorgeous stuff. Even more on his site, Datamancer, subtitled Prestidigital Datamancery & Paraphrenalic Technofetishism. I like. We totally have to run a casemod contest...

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Maker Faire 2009: Piperoids

Roaming through the Bazaar Bizarre I found Piperoids, awesome little papercraft robots. And, like The Intarwebs, they're made from a series of tubes. According to the website, you don't need glue or tape for assembly - just scissors and your fingers. These little guys have quite a bit of character, too.

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Maker Faire 2009: TotusMel

We got to meet awesome needle-tatter TotusMel, hanging out in the shade with the rest of the Etsy Steam Team and other Steampunk Makers. Her tatting looks even more incredible up close. I'm torn between buying one of her masks and learning to make my own! (OK, maybe I should do both - it takes a long time to learn to make things that look so good.)Check out more of TotusMel's work at her Etsy store!

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Honolulu Mini Makers Faire

The second annual Honolulu Mini Makers Faire is coming up, Saturday May 9th! Last year's organizers are back and the event is growing!     Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (HST)     The Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership at ‘Iolani School (563 Kamoku St, Honolulu, HI) is the place again this year (thx!)     Attendance at the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire is free. Please sign up through Eventbrite.     "May 9th, have you reserved the date?!  We are less than 2 weeks away and the list of things to see include: 3D printing, Virtual Reality, blacksmithing, Lego, robotics, Minecraft, costuming, modeling, Raspberry Pi, drones – including a drone competition, musical instruments, astronomy, and way more!     "This is our second year holding a Mini Maker Faire in Honolulu.  We've added a 2nd soldering workshop, a raspberry pi workshop, and two drone racing events.  For more information go to http://makerfairehonolulu.com/. Register now for limited slots at the Hawaii Drone Club's Racer-X Competitions at the 2015 Honolulu Mini Maker Faire: http://t.co/6WXAwBiu4G" The event media page has vids from last year's event- a sample of what's to come this year. One of Hawaii's greatest maker events of 2015, come share what you are working on!

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Tattoo madness at Maker Faire

Canida and I were at the Maker Faire this weekend in Austin meeting fans of the site and introducing it to folks who have never heard of us before. It was a blast and we had a great time showing off the Mouse Mouse, Bacon Soap, and other projects that we've made instructables about.On Sunday a guy stopped by the booth and showed off his tattoo of a Space Invader alien. He said that he used an Instructable to do the design and that he wanted to thank us for it. The crazy things is, that Instructable happened to be the very first Instructable I did! It's my 3D Effect Stencil Instructable and he used Sketchup with an isometric view to get he design he wanted. I've seen people use my Instructables before, but this takes the cake. That was easily my favorite moment from the Maker Faire. I helped a guy get ink on his skin. Damn.

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China's first Maker Faire !

April 6th was a long night that would be followed by an even longer day. Hours stretched like taffy as the Airplane pulled me across time zones. I was on my way to the Shenzhen Maker Faire which was being put on by Eric Pan, the founder of one of the largest open sourced businesses I know. Eric is a visionary, and his vision to inspire more makers in China connecting them with a global maker movement through the concepts of openness, sharing, and innovation inspires me and hundreds others to come to Shenzhen to share in the first Maker Faire in China! Hours ago I was at Instructables cooking my Last Breakfast for the office and gaving my Last Hugs. Qarly, my new friend, had helped my stay up all night organizing my tickets and suitcase. She went with me to the Payless shoe store on her bike as I walked barefoot. Yes, I started my journey shoeless. I had traded in my Vibrams at REI for a large backpack so I could cram as many arduinos and 3D printers into it as possible before leaving to go spread the good words. Here are the good words as I see them right now: "It Can Be Done." Yes, with a solid mission, a relentless attitude and accepting being shoeless (or jobless, or hungry, or ...) it's possible to accomplish the things you dream. Boom, back in that tin can flying over the Pacific. My schedule starts with a trip to Hong Kong to meet up with instructable's member Prank. Alex Hornstein and I had recently completed an adventure in 3D printing called the Pocket Factory in which we traveled across America seeking the business models behind low cost 3D manufacturing. He is now back in east Asia being the revolutionary philosopher engineer he is. I land at 8pm and head out into the city of the future. Hong Kong is a city of millions, beautifully lit tall buildings, zippy public transportation, and the largest pay inequality in the world. Looking out the window I keep wondering if this is the rich part, or the poor. Then I was there. I made it to IFC - a gigantic mall in the heart of Hong Kong. The metro stop inside it is called "Hong Kong Station". Yep, shopping is big here. We hung out on the roof of IFC talking projects. Without giving too much away too soon let's just say Alex is on his way to revolutionize the micro solar industry. We took the familiar ferry route home and I spent the night organizing and updating the social world since I knew in a few hours I'd be in China... and in China, no one can hear you tweet. Before I knew it I had to be off! It was 6:20am (HK time) and the ferry leaves at 6:40, I had a long day ahead of me and I haven't slept yet. Holy crap! I ran and got right back on that ferry from Lama to the mainland. Passing all the tall buildings once again and rushed onto the MTR. As we sped along the Hong Kong landscape of tall towers slowly turned into green rolling hills and the people on the train spoke less and less english. I crossed the border into Shenzhen and it was there I met Ani, the Monk. What a beautiful lady! We had a great conversation involving LOTS of smiling, drawing and almost no words. She was from Hong Kong and we were now friends. We traded bracelets and now I have one more reason to learn Mandarin! I finally made it all the way to Xi Xiang, the metro stop which was walking distance to the Maker Faire! I was getting pretty excited, I had lugged all this stuff across the world, and finally I was going to meet the makers of China! After a long and potholed walk I finally made it to the gate where a nice young Chinese lady helped me carry my stuff, we walked down a long outdoor hallways at F518 the "First Experiential Sharing Space in China" which was filled with sculptures and art. Billboards around me advertised hip hop dance classes and robots peeped from the windows. I knew I was in the right place. Right near the entrence of the Maker Faire was a strange robot. It was the size of a small house and it served books. They have robot libraries in Shenzhen. Wow! The more I learn about this place the cooler it seems! The faire is a large three story space with a media space on the first floor where people can buy "chinese make" a magazine called Radio that has been teaching people how to make stuff since 1955. The publishers of this magazine are also the ones who do the translation for Makezine! The second floor is filled with long tables of makers, a huge hall filled with running robots, dancing droids, DIY laser 3D scanners, touchless IR interfaces, octocopter (no, not tacocopter) and all the awesome stuff you'd expect to see in San Francisco, except this is Shenzhen. There are makers everywhere! Upstairs there are people making clay figurines, another instructables user - Star - runs a workshop around Canidu (yes, you can do!), her company which makes an electronics learning tool. This movement is obviously global and the Shenzhen Maker Faire has pulled makers not only from all over China, but all over the world. Eric Pan, the founder of Seeed Studio employs 70 people through an open source project and through this faire has inspired hundreds. At the after party, you can really tell how proud Eric was to have brought amazing makers like Mitch Altman and David Li from the Shanghai hackerspace together. Eric has a new project in the works right now. He's soon to be a father! I can only imagine how proud he will be when baby Eric Pan picks up his first blinky LED kit. Now that's some serious making! +Bilal Ghalib PS. Eric in the last picture is not dead, only extremely exhausted!

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Call to makers - Brighton Mini Maker Faire

Hi All, Thought this might be of interest to those of you in the UK... particularly those in the south east. Brighton Mini Maker Faire is approaching and the call for makers has gone out: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/call-to-makers-2012/ If you're a maker and you're interested in doing your thing at Brighton Mini Maker Faire, you've got until June 20th to apply. Of course you don't have to be a maker to go... The event its self will be on September 8th @ the Corn Exchange in Brighton if you fancy popping along. Save the date! Look forward to seeing you there! Get in touch via: Email – info@makerfairebrighton.com Twitter – @MakerFaireBTN

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