Miami Mini Maker Faire Proudly Presents “Music Makers Showcase”


Miami Mini Maker Faire, an all-ages festival of creativity and innovation that celebrates the Maker Movement, will expand in its third year to feature a “Music Makers Showcase,” highlighting unique, inventive, regional musicians.

Havana-based singer and instrumentalist X Alfonso and Miami’s favorite electro-funk/dance duo Afrobeta will perform along with local beatmaker Guti Talavera as part of the Music Makers Showcase, a free concert being held on Feb. 20 at the National YoungArts Foundation (tickets available here).

“From the first year of Miami Maker Faire, we wanted to host a concert featuring regional artists who embodied the maker spirit – those who excel not just at creating fun and amazing music but also who take a distinctive do-it-yourself approach to things like wardrobe, set design and multimedia production. When the opportunity finally presented itself this year, two names were at the top of our list: X Alfonso and Afrobeta,” said Ric Herrero, founder of MIAMade and lead producer of Miami Mini Maker Faire, which is organized in association with Maker Media and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

X Alfonso is a classically trained musician and one of the pioneers of Cuba’s hip-hop and afro-rock scenes; he has been nominated for a Grammy award and has won a Goya, Spain’s main national film award. His musical mix of hip-hop, Cuban son, reggae, jazz and rock has been featured in Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura series and in the film “Havana Blues,” for which he won the Goya award for best original music in 2006. Alfonso is also the founding director of Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a mixed arts and performance space and world-class model of collective ingenuity in Havana, Cuba.

Since 2006, native Miami dance duo and band Afrobeta has been bringing their distinct blend of electro-funk and colorful pop culture-inspired costumes, props and theatrics to stages across the globe. Lead singer Cuci Amador co-wrote and performed in the video for “Electro Movimiento,” by Puerto Rican hip-hop duo Calle 13. Guitarist Tony Smurfio has toured with Pitbull and Bacilos. Afrobeta has played at large music festivals around the globe, including Glastonbury, Burning Man and New York Fashion Week.

The Music Makers Showcase takes place from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Feb. 20. Concert admission is FREE and open to the public. Download your free tickets through Eventbrite (click here for tickets).

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Emerging Makers and Innovators to Speak at “Maker Talks”, Hosted by Global Shapers Miami

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Our friends at Global Shapers Miami have put together a stellar line-up of talks for Miami Mini Maker Faire. “Maker Talks” will feature emerging makers, innovators and entrepreneurs who combine DIY ingenuity with cutting-edge tools and tried and true practices to create social value and address modern-day challenges. Scroll down to read their bios. Seating at the Maker Talks is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.


11:00 am: Mariana Rego – Design Thinking Miami


Mariana Rego is Co-Founder and CEO of Design Thinking Miami, a consulting and professional education firm that helps people and companies solve problems more creatively. She is a trained industrial engineer and business strategist who has applied her problem solving skills in diverse environments, from manufacturing and service design to crisis communication and startup business development. And avid traveler, she has visited 50 countries (so far).

12:00 pm: Rebekah Monson – Code for Miami


Rebekah Monson is a journalist, designer and developer. She co-founded Code for Miami, a Code for America brigade, in 2013 and served as co-captain until 2016. She is the co-founder and VP Product and Editorial at WhereBy.Us, a local media company that produces The New Tropic

1:00 pm: Olivia Ramos – PanHaptic


Olivia Ramos is an inventor and architect residing in Miami, Florida, founder of Panhaptic software and Mental Rhythms applications, co-founder of Work Untitled Magazine and Citybiom. Her software practice began during a residency with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in 2012. She also participated as artist in residency at Cannonball Miami, developing emotional data gathering applications. Olivia holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and a Masters in Real Estate Development & Urbanism from the University of Miami.

2:00 pm: Martin Parlato – Posibl.


Martin is the CEO and founder of Posibl., a media company dedicated to produce content, ideas and events to inspire and promote social impact around the world. After 3 years, Posibl. is a rising voice in social good with initiatives realized in 5 continents by joining forces with entrepreneurs, influencers, recognized celebrities, media partners, brands and organizations in 5 continents to reach 75MM people globally. As CEO of Posibl., Martin maintains contact with numerous for profit and non profit organizations worldwide like Change, Ashoka, United Nations, Junior Achievement, IDB Bank, History Channel, CNN, Eurocase, Groupon, DemocracyOs, RACI, ICW Global, and Red Shoe Movement among others.

A determined and passionate motivator, Martin has been called up as a frequent speaker at recognized events including TEDx, Social Media Days, IDB Foromic Forum, Sustainatopia, RISE Hong Kong from Web Summit, Emerge Americas, Campus Party, The Next Web, and international entrepreneurship competitions. As the official spokesman of Posibl., Martin has been called as a speaker with personalities like Deepak Chopra and is frequently interviewed by media like CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, Fox, Telemundo, Univision or Yahoo. Argentine, 38 years old with a Business Administration Degree, he was named Proud of UADE University in Argentina and started several businesses and start-ups during the last 15 years.

3:00 pm: Daniel Rodriguez – Animusoft


Mr. Rodriguez is an Entrepreneur, Computer Scientist and Roboticist with substantial experience melding technology into the day to day world. Mr. Rodriguez has worked for a wide range of organizations from small start ups to large corporations such as Systemax. With more than 20 years of hands on experience in software engineering he has helped many organizations achieve their goals.

Mr. Rodriguez is currently Founder and CEO of Animusoft makers of Alive and Alive Drones. Alive is a complete software stack for land, air, and sea based drones. Alive Drones are land, air and sea based drones built with Alive used for Small to Large Organizations and Enterprises. Alive is backed by the Alive Mind which is the machine learning pumping heart of the Alive eco-system.


11:00 am: Armand Zepulveda – Dycap

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Armand is the CEO of Dycap Media Solutions, an organization using machine intelligence to change the way live events are filmed. Armand, also a Miami native, started as a cameraman for ESPN while studying at the University of Florida. In 2014 he was ranked the number one collegiate cameraman in the country by ESPN.

12:00 pm: Della Heiman – Wynwood Yard


Della was born in Cincinnati, OH, and has lived and worked in the US, Spain, Chile, Israel, Jordan, China, and Ethiopia in the fields of political communications, textile manufacturing, venture capital, health/wellness, and food service. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 2014. Della lives in Miami FL, where she recently launched a culinary incubator ( and healthy fast casual restaurant concept (

1:00 pm: X Alfonso – Musician, Director of Fabrica de Arte Cubano

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Goya-award winning and Grammy-nominated X Alfonso is a classically trained musician and one of the pioneers of Cuba’s hip-hop and afro-rock scenes. His intoxicating mix of hip-hop, son, reggae, jazz and rock has been featured in Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura series and in the film “Havana Blues” for which he won Spain’s Goya Prize for best original music in 2006. He also performed in the historic “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana organized by Colombian superstar Juanes in 2009. Alfonso is also the director of la Fabrica de Arte Cubano, a multi-level art gallery and performance art space which the Washington Post recently called the place to go see “a younger, edgier, emerging Cuba” and Anthony Bourdain dubbed “the hottest place in Havana”.

2:00 pm: Ana Benatuil – Architect & Singularity University Fellow


Ana C. Benatuil is an Architect and Urbanist Entrepreneur originally from Venezuela and a 2013 Graduate from Florida International University. She was the Knight Foundation Global Impact Competition winner in Miami that led her to the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley during the summer of 2015. Ana believes that technology has the potential to transform the way we understand, visualize and interact with our physical environment and is now creating a future where buildings become wellness generators for cities rather than objects consuming our natural resources.

3:00 pm: Sachin Bhandari – Turtle Mechatronics


Sachin Bhandari is the Director of Product Development at a local hardware development company – Turtle Mechatronics.  His interests are in robotics and constructing electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical assemblies.  Sachin is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has achieved certifications in Agile Product Development methodologies as well.

Sachin has worked on a number of computer-assisted navigation systems that have made their way to market in some form or another – from his time at NYU’s minimally invasive surgery lab, to Mako Surgical (now Stryker), to most recently Cirle – where Sachin managed a cross-functional team in the development of an image acquisition and injection system for a surgical microscope, customized for anterior segment eye surgery, which was acquired by Bausch and Lomb.

He will speaking about the initial steps to take when developing a hardware prototype and how to structure your overall product development process. For more information about Turtle Mechatronics –



MIAMI, FL – The Miami Mini Maker Faire is set to return as a two-day festival on Saturday, February 20thand Sunday, February 21st, 2016!

Over 5,000 attendees will gather at the iconic campus of the National YoungArts Foundation (“YoungArts”) for a weekend full of awe-inspiring inventions, performances and workshops by more than 150 local and regional innovators in science, technology, multi-disciplinary arts, education and design. 

Produced by MIAMade in association with Maker Media, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami Mini Maker Faire is a community-focused event at the cross-section between our thriving cultural arts scene and burgeoning science and technology sectors. It features local “makers” and entrepreneurs specializing in everything from robotics, DIY science and technology, and traditional handcrafts, to emerging talent in the visual, literary, design and performance arts. For 2016, YoungArts has joined the Faire as a title sponsor.

“Since its launch in 2013, Miami Mini Maker Faire sought to explore and celebrate the natural relationship between STEM and the arts, by highlighting local and regional talent in these fields. Partnering with YoungArts for the 2016 festival really takes that mission to the next level and sets a new standard for representation of the arts in Maker Faires throughout the world. We couldnt be more excited to have them onboard,” said MIAMade founder, Ric Herrero.

“We are thrilled to support and host the third edition of Miami Mini Maker Faire at YoungArts” said Esther Park, Director of Campus Programming,  “The way audiences are experiencing art today and how we choose to tap the next generation of talent is tied to technology, innovation and cross-disciplinary communications.  This partnership fosters a dialogue across genres – one that is important during this exciting time in Miami.”

“Bringing together Miami creatives and innovators of all kinds to showcase their work and help support connections and collaboration is essential to putting Miami on the map as a place where ideas are built,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami. “The Miami Maker Faire continues this effort. It gets better each year and provides a terrific platform for people to learn, meet, make and enjoy.”

Miami Mini Maker Faire is an opportunity for artists, engineers, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and educators to connect with peers and share their passions and ideas with the community at large. It is a place to inspire the next generation of makers.

Tickets on sale now through our Eventbrite page. Our Call for Makers (exhibitors, performers, speakers and educators) is now open through January 20th, 2016. Follow Miami Mini Maker Faire on Facebook and Twitter for updates. For inquiries, please email us at

2014 Miami Mini Maker Faire: One Heck Of A Maker Block Party!

Life is about the people you meet and the things you create.

Here I sit on my patio, still reeling and reminiscing about the previous 48 hours. I am absolutely stunned at the amount of energy, passion and creativity that our community has and I’m betting that over 3,500 people who joined us yesterday know exactly what I’m talking about! We were honored to host over 110 makers who brought such fantastical and whimsical fare to our second annual Miami Mini Maker Faire, that I didn’t stop hearing wonderful comments.

The Miami Mini Maker Faire production and volunteer teams couldn’t be happier with how well Miami received us for our second year. When guests ask us when this is happening again, we are happy and sad at your groans for waiting another year. Rest assured that we will be back and we will continue to get better at gathering the creative spirit of our community. There are far too many of you who get a kick out of the curiosities that our makers bring to the Faire to stop doing this any time soon!

We want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors and supporters who help make this production possible. Your help is making Miami’s maker community thrive!

The folks at MAKE who trail blaze paths across the world.
Our lead sponsor and community catalyst, The Knight Foundation.
MIAMade, The Miami Maker community anchor and lead producer of the Faire.
Our gracious principal host, The LAB Miami.
Huge thanks to the folks from Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science.
Also, much appreciation and thanks to Roblox, Brightbox, FIU Information and Computing Sciences, eMerge Americas, South Florida Hack and Tell, 1Click3DPrint, Wyncode, O Cinema, The Lightbox, and Jaycon Systems.

Instead of looking back at this year’s Faire, we’ll leave you with thoughts, comments and exclamations from others who think fondly of us. And we’ll dig into getting ready for next year.

Until then! Keep making awesome in Miami!


Mike Greenberg, South Florida Hack and Tell on behalf of the 2014 Miami Mini Maker Faire Production Team:

Ric Herrero, MIA Made
James Herring, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
Danny Lafuente, The LAB Miami
Steve Luis, FIU Computing and Information Sciences
Vivian Martell, O Cinema
Jessica Mejia, Americorps VISTA
Jennifer Mendez Alba, Americorps VISTA

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The 2014 Miami Mini Maker Faire was an overwhelming success!

Hot off the press! The Miami Mini Maker Faire program is out!

Take a look at what the Faire will bring this year! Get here early to see all of our makers on Saturday, November 8th from 10 AM – 6 PM.

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Check out the Miami Mini Maker Faire workshop schedule!

Get Ready to Learn this Saturday!

The Miami Mini Maker Faire will boast over 80 interactive exhibits. From 3D printing, fashion design, doodling, to product innovation, there’s always something to learn about and make!

Don’t miss these workshops at the Faire!

On 26th Street (ZONE 1)

All-Day: Kid’s Soldering Station

All-Day: Doodleville

Wyncode Coding Space in LAB Miami (ZONE 2)

11:00 am – 12:00pm: Countdown Institute Presents: “Code in Space”

12:15 pm – 1:05pm: Design Lab Miami

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Code for Miami Presents: “Open Miami”

2:30pm – 3:30pm: FIU’s Hey Kids, Let’s Learn to Code

3:45pm – 4:45pm: Teach K-5 to Code

5:00pm – 6:00pm: YOUMedia Miami

Wynwood Warehouse Project (ZONE 4)

11:00 am – 12:00pm: Become a Design Thinker!

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Reclaimed Wood Artistry


The Miami Mini Maker Faire Is This Weekend!

Check out this awesome write-up on the Makezine blog about our upcoming Miami Mini Maker Faire.

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Next weekend, November 8th, Come to The Lab Miami for the 2nd annualMiami Mini Maker Faire! This fair has grown so much since last year. With over 90 exhibitors coming to show off, we’ve had to close off NW 26th Street between 3rd and 5th Avenues! Come out to meet local makers and see their robotics, DIY science and technology, hardware hacking, 3D printing, art and crafts, urban farming and sustainability, educational workshops, and much more.








Here are just a few of the cool things you can expect to see when you attend.


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Our Tesla coils are a great inexpensive way to start your journey with Nikola Tesla wireless energy technology. Low input DC voltages and a low component count make it simple for anyone with a background in electronics to construct a Tesla coil.

Genuine Aura’s Sweet Dreams

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A 10-22″ hula hoop wrapped with a puffed yarn. A vintage doiley or nylon spun creates the center web; including glass and acrylic beads. Embellishments are about 6-12″ long and include knotted yarn, hemp, twine, rope, ribbon, trimmings, lace, velvet, etc.
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She is an extremely ambitious, dedicated and classy lady. A recent graduate from AIMIU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Merchandising. Her truest passion lives throughout the arts from our History.

Andrew Gatt
Paper Roller Coasters

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Build marble runs using only paper and tape. Andrew’s Paper Roller Coaster templates have been used in schools in all 50 states and over 25 countries. It’s a great hobby for anyone that likes origami or engineering.
Andrew Gatt has taught science for 15 years. He was awarded the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’ highest honor for math or science teachers. Daniel Gatt is a sixth grader in Hillsborough, NC.

Victor Vincent
Experience Project


Our project will create exciting experiences that combine art & technology.
Mr. Vincent has over three decades discovering, developing and delivering compelling demonstrations & exhibitions at museums. He started at age 13, after being kicked out of the Buffalo Museum of Science, by becoming a museum volunteer.

Roldan Robots: Robot sculptures made from junk

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Jorge Roldans sculptures can be found online at or in the Village of Merrick Park in Artrageous Art Gallery. No two “Robot Sculptures” are ever the same. All sculptures are complety made up of found objects, broken antiques, and junk in general.

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The “3d Mechanical Hand – Maker Movement” was inspired by two strangers that came together to help a small child in South Africa, and has grown to more than 2,500 people making and giving away 3D printed prosthetics.
Laird Popkin has been an active South Florida Maker for years, and has been involved in e-NABLE, working on the Hand-o-matic, which makes personalized 3D printable prosthetics.

This is just a tiny taste of what there is, you’ll have to come to the Maker Faire to see the rest! To purchase tickets, please visit, and follow Miami Mini Maker Faire on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. For inquiries, please email us at


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I get ridiculously excited seeing people make things. I just want to revel in the creativity of the masses! My favorite thing in the world is sharing the hard work of a maker.

I’d always love to hear about what you’re making, so send me an email any time at

Our Call for Makers CLOSES October 25th! Apply today!

Still debating whether to showcase your awesome DIY project at Miami Mini Maker Faire? Well time is running out!

The second (and final) round of our Call for Makers closes this Saturday, October 25th!

What are you waiting for? Click the “Makers Apply Here” link on the top right corner of this home page and join over 90 other local makers in Wynwood this November 8th!

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WE’RE BACK! The Call for Makers to the 2014 Miami Mini Maker Faire is OPEN!

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The Miami Mini Maker Faire is coming back to Wynwood!

Join us November 8, 2014 for this all-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness in celebration of the Maker movement. This year we’re having a full-on street festival where makers of all stripes (artists, engineers, entrepreneurs and educators) will show what they’ve made and share what they’ve learned with an expected audience of close to 3,000 attendees.

To PURCHASE TICKETS, visit our Eventbrite page (HERE).

Anyone who wishes to exhibit his or her DIY creations at the Miami Mini Maker Faire to complete our CALL FOR MAKERS APPLICATION (HERE) by September 30th.

Also, please download the flyer image above and share it with all your friends!