Miami Mini Maker Faire returned in 2014 with 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!

Sincerely,

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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http://makezine.com/2014/11/10/art-and-tech-mix-at-miami-mini-maker-faire-2014/

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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

GET YOUR TICKETS!

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.

Teslatronix 

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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

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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 www.roldanrobot.com 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.

e-NABLE 3D Printed Prosthetics
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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 makerfairemiami.com, and follow Miami Mini Maker Faire on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. For inquiries, please email us at miamimakers@gmail.com.

CALEB KRAFT

Community Editor for Make:
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 caleb@makermedia.com

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!

The first Mini Maker Faire lands in Miami; resounding success!

Let us put to rest any doubt of South Florida’s amazing resourcefulness. The first Miami Mini Maker Faire was the collection of nearly 80 maker exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and presentations. Not only did the first Mini Maker Faire display a diverse spectrum of creativity, but it attracted over 1700 attendees  over the course of the 8 hour event from Miami, the tri-county area, and beyond.

As producers for a first-of-its-kind event in Miami, it was very exciting and gratifying to see the community; most importantly children and their parents; engrossing themselves in the energy and excitement that was teeming throughout The LAB Miami, The Light Box and OCinema. We are incredibly thankful for the passionate makers who believed in our ability to execute on this grandiose vision.

I personally walked through and spoke with each maker I could find and can share that they felt as warmly about the reception as the production team did.

Just want to send you a real big “Thank You” for allowing us to participate in your successful event.  The crowd was amazing and the exhibitions exceeded everyone’s expectations.
– Edwin Robledo, Cadsoft Computer via email

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It was a wonderfully successful Maker Faire and a huge kickstart to what will no doubt be a productive movement for the South Florida community. One of the things I have always respected, and think has been a key to the success of the Maker Movement, has been that it celebrates the people who get it done more than the people who hype.

I know my kids had a great time and our program has received wonderful feedback from parents with young children who see these hands-on learning activities as a supplement/alternative to traditional education and are looking for programs that provide that.
- Ryan Moreno, REM Learning Center via email
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The Twitterverse was busy with nothing but wonderful things to say about our event!

We also had some great coverage from others who weren’t entirely sure what the whole maker movement was. We are happy that the Miami Mini Maker Faire was a great catalyst which sparked some interesting questions. See clip from Fusion TV:

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And we had some GREAT coverage from our partners and sponsors. Here are a few excerpts:

The turnout far exceeded expectations for the fair — part science and technology exhibition, part crafts show, part carnival. More than 1,700 people packed The LAB Miami, a co-working, education and events space for creatives, and two other nearby venues in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.

Creativity, technology and innovation overflowed The LAB Miami co-working space in Wynwood during Miami’s first Mini Maker Faire.

The event, supported by Knight Foundation, offered the opportunity for South Florida makers and do-it-yourself innovators to showcase their products and ideas. The Faire attracted throngs of people of all ages and backgrounds, showing the growing interest in Miami as a place where ideas are built.

Read more from the Knight Foundation blog at http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2013/11/22/miamis-first-mini-maker-faire-colorful-community-collision/

“There are so many international communities in Miami, and they have a history of being very resourceful – they are makers by necessity, and it is great to see them show off their creativity.”

Coverage from MAKE Blog can be found at http://makezine.com/2013/11/16/miami-mini-maker-faire-2013/

Inventors, startup companies and nonprofit groups displayed innovations at the first ever Miami Mini Maker Faire in the city’s hip Wynwood neighborhood on Saturday.

Read an article from South Florida Business Journal reporter Paul Brinkmann at http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/morning-edition/2013/11/see-what-happened-at-hip-miami-maker.html

And, of course, we want to thank our sponsors from the bottom of our toolbags. Without your support, we would not have been able to share this fantastic experience. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! 

Our Generous Sponsors
Make
The Knight Foundation
Miami Science Museum
REM Learning Center
WB Engineering
Jaycon Systems
KIND Snacks
Speck Products
Refresh Miami

For a finale, I will leave everyone with this music montage of some of the amazing experience wrapped up into a few short minutes. There is plenty more to come and you can guarantee that we’ll be coming back  in 2014.

Sincerely,
The Miami Mini Maker Faire Production Team
Ric Herrero, MIA Made
Mike Greenberg, South Florida Hack and Tell
Danny Lafuente, The LAB Miami
Steve Luis, FIU Computing and Information Sciences
Vivian Martell, O Cinema

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Rain or Shine the FAIRE GOES ON!

With an overwhelming majority of indoor exhibits, the Miami Mini Maker Faire will be in full force today – rain or shine (thankfully, the forecast is looking much better!). Enjoy a day with family, friends, and fellow maker enthusiasts for an event that promises to amaze, dazzle, and inspire!

More than 60 exhibitors will be on-site – from skilled craftsmen demonstrating their trade to cutting-edge techies showing off some of the latest advances including 3D printing, robotics, and the Oculus Rift (virtual reality).

With workshops for all ages, food trucks, and live music, the Miami Mini Maker Faire has got something for everyone!

See you all today!

Parking & Official Program

PARKING: The entrance to the Miami Mini Maker Faire is through the front entrance of the LAB Miami, located at 400 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL 33127. There is plenty of metered and free parking throughout the Wynwood area, including the blocks surrounding each venue. There is also a free parking lot available across the street from the NW 25th street entrance to the LAB Miami. Make sure not to park in any area with yellow stripe along the sidewalk as these are “no parking” zones and your car may be towed.

OFFICIAL PROGRAM: Our inaugural year’s program is jam-packed with fun interactive exhibits and presentations. DOWNLOAD the printed Official Program guide HERE: MMMF Program 2013.

We’re can’t wait to see you all tomorrow!

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