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.

PRESS:
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!

 

Now seeking sponsors for Austin Mini Maker Faire 2014!

Here’s a neat one-sheet with all the deets!  Click on the letter below to get a pdf to share around, if you know of any of businesses or companies that might be interested.  And remember, the earlier you sponsor, the more you get out of it, so don’t delay! AMMF_2014_Sponsor_Letter

Call for Makers is OPEN!

Apply here to be part of Austin Mini Maker Faire 2014!  The call for Makers is open until March 15.

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Town Hall meeting for AMMF 2014!

1505271_636057626431396_2013107681_nOnce more we are hosting a Town Hall meeting for this year’s Austin Mini Maker Faire at The North Door on Monday, January 27th from 7-9 pm.

Do you want to participate this year as a Maker, volunteer, or sponsor?  Do you want to chime in about what you want to have at the Faire this year?  Do you just like to eat pizza and drink beer?  We got you covered.  We’ll answer questions and share intimate details about this awesome Austin event.  We’re also kicking off our Call for Makers, which will be open until March 15!

Austin Mini Maker Faire Spot from Stephen Henderson on Vimeo.

The Year of 100 Maker Faires!

This was a banner year for Maker Faires!  In the not-so-slow progression of community-based Mini Maker Faires that’s been going on since the Mini-Maker-Faire movement began in 2009, this is the year in which there were exactly 100 Maker Faires taking place across the world… and more than 530,000 people were able to have the Maker Faire experience!  The Maker Movement is booming  and we are so glad that Austin is a part of it.  Read more about it here on the Makezine blog.Maker Faire Eight Year Growth Slide

 

 

 

Austin Mini Maker Faire 2013… the photos!

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The map!

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Jedi Starfighter

jedi starfighterThis Jedi Starfighter is being built as we speak.  It will be unveiled for the first time on May 4 at Dragon’s Lair for Star Wars day… and then will be transported directly to the Faire for your enjoyment on May 5!

A full Jedi flight crew will be there to assist.

Tinkering: Open Shop!

By Oren Connell, Tinkering Coordinator

Prepare to check another awesome box for the Austin Mini Maker Faire! I’m very pumped to be heading up a Tinkering:Open Shop at this year’s Mini Maker Faire. In collaboration with Austin Tinkering School (a Kami Wilt jam) and a few kind members of the the tinkering and disposal community we’re planning to open up 200 square/feet of tinkering madness for Austin Mini Maker Faire adventurers to enjoy. 

tinkerpost 1The Tinkering OpenShop will be an area where you’ll enjoy the freedom to wander through a world of “Sure! We can totally do that!” as opposed to “Gee, I don’t know that sounds impossible…” You’ll get some real tools, real materials, and a helping hand to make sure your adventure is safe and fun. I promise y’all (all ages welcome) will love ripping some old stuff to shreds and then re-using it to make something for yourself! 

tinker post 3On hand we’ll have a wide variety of raw materials. These will include bits of wood, cardboard, plastic, and a standard supply of goodies that any Tinkerer could need. We also have a large pile of “dead” electronics to tear into! We hope to pirate dials, switches, motors, circuit boards, fans, wire and a whole bunch of other excellent gems from these “raw” materials. Then you’re free to build whatever strikes your fancy. 

Come visit us under the West Canopy and we’ll be happy to help you build your dream WHATEVER! tinkerpost2

Making It Sustainable

by Teri Sperry

One of the most exciting new features of this year’s Austin Mini Maker Faire, and one I’m especially proud to be involved in, is the Sustainable Village.  Sponsored by the visionary and award-winning Texas Disposal Systems, this group of Eco-Makers takes the DIY mindset to another level, showing us clever, fun, and responsible ways to build and grow, recycle and upcycle, generate and regenerate.

eastside garden cart

You’ll find the Sustainable Village under the huge west canopy of the Palmer Events Center.  Beyond the ingeniously engineered electric cars, you’ll encounter wearable solar generators, a solar tracker made from a boy’s BMX bike, “practical and impractical” bikes made from scrap frames and recycled parts, innovative compost solutions, and a neighborhood’s own mobile gardening toolshed.   You’re invited to roll up your sleeves and learn to build and plaster an adobe-like wall of Compressed Earth Blocks.  And be sure to catch the presentation on Austin’s first food forest (inside on the speaker’s stage at 11:20).

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Kids of all ages will have a chance to  model geodesic domes, build miniature windmills, and more.  You’ll also find out about local after-school and summer camp programs that teach kids about green technology, permaculture, and sustainable farming.

Just what do we mean by “sustainable”?  While there’s no universally agreed-upon definition, a common theme is interconnectedness. My favorite summary goes like this: “Sustainable communities foster commitment to place, promote vitality, build resilience to stress, act as stewards, and forge connections beyond the community.”

That’s exactly what we aim to do at the Austin Mini Maker Faire on May 5— and far into the future.  As event producer Kami Wilt explains,  “We envision the Faire as an opportunity for great minds and Makers to cross-pollinate, injecting sustainable thinking and methods into other kinds of projects and also, of course, exciting and educating the public about the possibilities of sustainable living in fun and hands-on ways.”

Join us at the Faire, stop by the Village, maybe get your hands a little dirty, and help Make It Sustainable!

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