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Meet the Makers Kick-off at the Thinkery this Saturday!

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Avery and I are helping kick-off the Meet the Makers Series  for the Austin Mini Maker Faire at the new Austin children’s museum in Austin, the Thinkery this Saturday, April 5th from 1:30-3:30pm. We’ll be helping you create a custom bar of soap on the spot! Supplies are limited, so come early!

1830 Simond Ave http://thinkeryaustin.org/visit-us/hours-and-location/ The Austin Mini Maker Faire is on May 3, so save the date! Get your advance price tickets now!

Makers app deadline is Saturday y’all!

Join us this May!
Makers: Deadline to apply is 3/15 (this Saturday!!!)
Volunteers: Apply now!
Attendees: Early Bird tickets are on sale now!

Austin Mini Maker Faire at SXSW Create

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logo-ats-250wThe Austin Mini Maker Faire will be at this year’s SXSW Create with tinkering each day with the Austin Tinkering School‘s NERDY DERBY,feto soap nail polish

 

nail polish making with feto soap + special guests each day:

Friday, March 7: 11:00am to 6:00pm Thomas Edison/Daniel G. Benes

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Live demonstrations at the Austin Mini Maker Faire booth at SXSW will include a one-of-a-kind miniature Edison Direct Current (D.C.) Electrical Generation & Distribution System, with working miniature Steam Engine and Dynamo, a 120 year-old hand-wound Electric Motor, and several Edison Bulbs (including a 1.5 kilowatt monster!). Also on hand will be a working antique Quadraplex Telegraph demonstration system, and a 1920′s electric Edison Business Dictation machine. Plus, take a look inside at the gear-motor of an original 1905 Thomas A. Edison “Standard Model” Cylinder Phonograph while it plays one of several 100 year-old cylinder records! There are enough gears inside to make a Steampunk blush!

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Saturday, March 8: 11:00am to 6:00pm The Robot Group / Rasberry Pi, Motorola lapdock, and a Makergear m2 3d printerWireless 3D printing

Sunday, March 9: 11:00am to 6:00pm  The Robot Group

Location is City Terrace of the Long Center (701 W. Riverside)

Event is FREE and open to the public

Doing creative and revolutionary things with new technologies embodies the spirit of the SXSW Interactive Festival, and nowhere is this more evident than the diverse mix of activities at SXSW Create. From 3D printing to drones to biohacking and much more, this community event showcases the disruptive solutions that are shaping our future.

This FREE and open-to-the-public event kicks off at 11:00 am on Friday, March 7 and runs through 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 9. Catch an Interactive or Film Shuttle to The Long Center for the Performing Arts to experience all the mind-expanding and hands-on fun.

Some of what you’ll see at Create:

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MAKE: jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement. Devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects, MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of individuals who undertake innovative projects and ideas.

Epilog Laser – Laser Engraving, Cutting & Marking Systems
Whether you’re cutting pieces/parts for your latest prototype or engraving your logo on promo gifts, Epilog Laser cutting/marking systems can take your creative designs to the next level.

Flexbot: A Customizable, Open Source Nanocopter
Come check out the Flexbot, a customizable, smartphone-controlled, open source nancopter! We will also be displaying our unique automated 3D printing system for manufacturing the copters.

Inventables
Inventables is the hardware store for designers. We specialize in the tools and materials to make your ideas a reality.

Nokia + Bike Hugger
In the Nokia + Bike Hugger space find giveaways and the latest Lumia devices that make amazing photos & videos on and off the bike. Lumia lets you see more at SXSW.

SparkFun e-Textiles Workshop and Project Showcase
Come join SparkFun Electronics for an e-textiles workshop full of LED-fun and conductive-thread dreams! We’ll have a fleet of e-textile instructors who can help you make simple circuit with LilyPad LEDs, conductive thread and sharpies on your own fabric pin.

Stage Two @ SXSW
Stage Two at SXSW is for attendees serious about being involved in the consumer electronics industry. Come by the booth to get demos from hardware startups sharing their stories about going from tinkerer to scale! Part educational, part showcase, all fun!

Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today.

Other Community Participants

3DaGoGo, 10bitworks, ATX Hackerspace Collective, Anand Chamarthy, Austin Mini Maker Faire, Left Field Labs, MakerKids, Peep, Puzzle Hunt, re:3d, Soil IQ, SpraTX, Supermechanical, Vandegrift H.S. ViperBots & FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics, the Waller Creek Conservancy and many more.

Special Events at SXSW Create

The Industry Attic at West Pincer Terrace
Head upstairs for a special track of programming with maker-focused Meet Ups, Show and Tells, and much more:

Sunday, March 9

Stage Two at SXSW
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This special event from Stage Two features hardware startups sharing 5-minute stories about going from tinkerer to scale. Beer, tacos, and live music keeps things crispy! Visit stagetwo.com/sxsw or see this special event in the SXSW Schedule

Sunday Special Community Event
Bike Hugger Mobile Social with Nokia and Tern
12:30 pm on The City Terrace at the Long Center
Be at the intersection of bikes and maker culture when Bike Hugger, Nokia and Tern hit the streets for an informal and fun community bike ride around Austin. Reception to follow with special guests Rapha, Pei Ketron and Jeremy Dunn. For more, visit bikehugger.com/mobile-socials or see this special event in the SXSW Schedule.

All subject to change. Check http://sxsw.com/create for more info!

Austin Mini Maker Faire Early Bird tickets

…are now available, so snatch them up while you can!

Camp ShopBot – Friday Feb. 28 & Saturday, March 1

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This year’s Austin, Texas Camp ShopBot will once again be hosted by Wayne Locke – Locke Design & Woodworks, 9000 Featherhill Rd. Austin, TX 78737.   512.288.3472 Friday morning sign-in is between 9-10 am with light refreshments served, lunch is around noon and the Camp ends between 4-5pm. Saturday morning sign-in is between 8-9 am with light refreshments served, lunch is around noon and the Camp ends between 4-5pm. Come for one or both days. There is no charge to attend this Camp.

I asked about age requirements and Wayne at Locke Design & Woodworks and he said “Breathing, I guess.” so while it is not a kid’s camp, children are welcome (accompanied by an adult). Everyone is welcome – from hobbyists to professionals. Sign up here.

What’s All the Excitement About ShopBot CNC Tools?

A ShopBot is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials.  With a ShopBot, you use the included software to design your parts on your personal computer, then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts.  In the past, tools like ShopBots were strictly industrial tools and were referred to in factories as CNC (for Computer Numeric Control) tools.  Now, the types of tools that create things by cutting material away or building up material in layers to create an object are called digital fabrication tools, and ShopBot’s innovations have made them affordable for individuals and small shops. For more information on what the ShopBot can do, click here.

Important Dates to remember

Thursday, March 6th  6:30pm- 9pm Maker Meetup with the Maker Faire Team at the Thinkery21 event  (details coming soon, so stay tuned!) 21+ up
Friday, March 7 – 9th 11a – 6pm Austin Mini Maker Faire demos at SXSW Create at the Long Center 701 W. Riverside 
Saturday, March 15th
Deadline to get your Maker Faire application in
Saturday, May 3rd Austin Mini Maker Faire at the Travis County Expo Center

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Are YOU a Commercial Maker?

This year’s Austin Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Travis County Expo Center (remember when Austin Maker Faire was held here way back when?) so, we’re back! The Commercial Makers will be outdoors this year, under one large tent.

Commercial Makers are makers that sell their handmade wares the event. We’d love it if you offered some kind of demonstration of what you do, but it’s not a requirement to be a commercial maker.

What are the requirements to be a commercial maker?
Your items must be handmade by you. We would love makers from all over Texas! (or not from Texas, we don’t mind!)

Link to the application. Applications are due by March 15th!
Check out the Austin Mini Maker Faire 2013 Makers
 Austin Mini Maker Faire 2012 Makers

Here are images of past commercial makers, to give you an idea:

This third year of Austin Mini Maker Faire will be held at Travis County
Expo Center on Saturday, May 3rd and will continue an annual festival to
make, create, learn, invent, craft, hack, recycle, build, think, play, and be
inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and crafts.

Over a hundred Makers and thousands of attendees of all ages will 
participate in a day of exciting exhibitions, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages while enjoying interesting presentations/speakers, live music, and visual/performing arts.

In 2013, Austin Mini Maker Faire took place at the Palmer Events Center
and attracted:
• More than 150 Makers in over 60 maker booths.
• More than 4000 ticket purchases by individuals and families.
• Adult Makers from the fields of engineering, architecture,
robotics, crafts, environmental sustainability, and the arts
• Youth Makers involved in robotics, technology, design, and more

In 2014, Austin Mini Maker Faire aims to attract twice as many Makers and
8000+ visitors through local, regional, and national advertising; representation
at aliated events; newspaper and radio interviews; and word-ofmouth
promotion of the event. Previous sponsors include: Paypal, Volusion,
Twilio, TechShop, Tormach, Stitch Lab, and many more.

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In 2013, we were featured on KVUE and were written about in the Austin
Post and in the Austin American Statesman, and received a ‘Best of’ in the
Austin Chronicle.

If you have any questions about being a commercial maker, drop me an email lisa@austinmakerfaire.com or reply to this post. I’ve been a maker at 14 Maker Faires around the country, so I have lots of experience at this point! My first Maker Faire was back in 2007 at the Travis County Expo Center!

 

The Call for Makers is OPEN!

Do YOU (yes, you!) want to participate in the 2012 Austin Mini Maker Faire?  Don’t hesitate!  Go right on over and apply to be a Maker here.

The Call for Makers has been extended thru March 31st…  don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exciting, energizing, engaging, amazing event!

If you’re a food vendor, never fear, there’s an application for you, too!  It can be found here.

Not sure if you’re a maker?  We’re looking for ALL TYPES to create a new kind of faire that brings together science, art, craft and engineering in one fun-filled tribute to the DIY spirit in all of us. Here’s some topics to give you an idea what we’re looking for:

  • Student Projects
  • Robotics
  • Music Performance and Participation
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mill
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainability
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Robotics
  • Puppets
  • Kites
  • Bicycles
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Please spread the word far and wide… we’d love to meet as many of the cool makers that Austin has to offer as possible!

 

Come mingle with the MAKE Team at the Moose!

This Tuesday is a great opportunity to meet the Makers, be a part of the Q&A, find out more about our upcoming Austin Mini Maker Faire and just have a great time away from the SXSW bustle.

Make: will be on site with their live-stream as seen here http://livestre.am/1ktMH (check out our AMMF message 36-39 minutes in).

Food, drinks and some great tunes await.

Moose Lodge
2103 E M FRANKLIN AVE, Austin, TX 78723-5832
7p-midnight