Workshops! Performers! Speakers! Maker ED! Full schedules are UP!

alesi_20140124_01034Wowza y’all!  We have 2 days CHOCK FULL of amazing workshops, speakers, and performers, on multiple stages… You might need to get a weekend pass just to get to it all!  We have a Fun with Chemistry show, performances by  Austin Breakdance, Total Unicorn, and Mazeltov Kocktail Hour, an amazing speaker stage line-up curated by Nerd Nite and Dorkbot, with talks on topics like bee-keeping, large-scale 3D printing, metalworking, and natural home building, and even a presentation on Science in the Movies with Steve Wolf of Stunt Ranch.  Workshops on everything from Making Bath Bombs  to Playful Smartphone Photography to Using 0zobot to teach coding to kids in our workshop area.  Apart from the workshop area, there will be separate areas with ongoing arduino workshops offered by Radio Shack all day Saturday AND Sunday, as well as hoop-making workshops going on in the Hula Hooping area and a wide variety of fascinating workshops in the Fabric Factory AND the Fiber Lounge.   Dragon VerticalInterested in Maker Ed?  NEW this year, we have an unbelievable schedule of panels, talks, and workshops on the Maker Ed stage and in the Maker Ed Lounge.  There will be Hands-on activities by the Thinkery’s STEAM Squad, an E-Origami workshop, a Raspberry Pi and KANO Workshop from Geekbus, a talk on Ten Inexpensive Reason NOT to buy a 3D printer by Jeff Branson from Sparkfun Electronics, and SO much more.

Start planning your weekend now… There should be PLENTY for everyone, of all different ages and interests!

Nerdy Derby: The Competition!

                                              NERDY DERBY! Sponsored by FND_Logo_Black

This year Foundry (a new social network for Makers!) is sponsoring the Nerdy Derby track and is giving away SIX HUNDRED racecar building kits on a first come, first serve basis at the Faire on Saturday morning starting at 10 am.  You can build you car at the Faire, or take it home with you and build it there, and then bring it back on Sunday (must be turned in at the track by 12 pm to race!) for the SUPER EXCITING COMPETITION starting at 1 pm .  Build and race to win amazing prizes: gift ceritificates to SparkFun, Circuit Scribe Maker kits, and even a Makerbot 3D Digitizer!!


1) You can use these materials provided, or you can use any other materials you would like. But to race your car must :

       a) be no more than 5 pounds

       b) Contain no blades, spikes, projectiles, or pyrotechnics

       c) be no more than 8 inches wide

2) You can work on the car at the Faire (Austin Tinkering School will be on site providing teachers, tools, and tinkering know-how) or you can take your kit home with you and work on it there but…

3) You MUST turn in your car on Sunday May 17 AT the Nerdy Derby racetrack BEFORE 12 pm to be able to compete. Cars turned in after 12 pm on Sunday May 17 will not be able to race. Cars left overnight on Saturday will not be able to race. You must be present to win.

4) Suggestions:

      a) Car bodies should be approximately 1 1/2 inches wide to be able to straddle the ‘rail’ of the racetrack. Wheels should be no more than 1/2 inch wider on either side.

     b) Give your car an awesome name: The Abominator. Heck on Wheels. Texas Tornado.

      c) Prizes are great, but above all else, HAVE FUN!!

5) Tweet a pic of your finished ride to @hellofoundry for a chance to win even more prizes!

NERDY DERBY: The Prizes!!

6th place – $50 gift certificate to Sparkfun

5th place – $75 gift certificate to Sparkfun

4th place – $100 gift certificate to Sparkfun

3rd place – $150 gift certificate to Sparkfun + Circuit Scribe Maker Kit

2nd place – $200 gift certificate to Sparkfun + Circuit Scribe Maker Kit

1st place – Makerbot 3D Digitizer + Circuit Scribe Maker Kit

Best designed $150 gift certificate to Sparkfun + Circuit Scribe Maker Kit

Most creative use of parts $150 gift certificate to Sparkfun + Circuit Scribe Maker Kit

Why the Austin Mini Maker Faire is truly a Family Friendly event


By Bernadette Noll of Slow Family Living

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There are many events that call themselves Family Friendly and with great intention. They have kid booths and adult booths and it seems like there is something for everyone! And there is, just not always at the same time and place.

At the Austin Mini Maker Faire, there truly is something for all ages and often while sitting at the same table. At Austin Mini Maker Faire you won’t find yourself hovering above your child as they work on a kid craft. Rather you’ll be in the chair next to them working on your own thing. Maybe you’ll be soldering together or stitching up a cool lunch bag or working on a weaving or listening to the Walking Tree of Life as he discusses how he made that amazing costume of his. And when you’re engaged in an activity, your child will most likely be engaged too – in your project or a project of their own.20130505-DSC_0571 (2)  20130505-DSC_0335 (2)

This Faire is truly multi-generational. You’ll find yourselves sitting down together – both of you equally enthralled and engaged in an activity. You’ll be glad when your kid wants to linger a little longer in the craft area. Your child will be psyched that you want to check out the drones for just a while more. And you’ll both be ecstatic by weekend’s end, that you learned something, tried something, discovered something, or made something together. Over and over and over again. DSC05155_1



Boneshaker Big Wheel

Ron Schroer and his Boneshaker BigWheel will be at the Faire this year, all the way from Jacksonville, FL!

Boneshaker Big Wheel 2014 incarnation from Ron Schroer on Vimeo.

From an article in Fine Woodworking magazine: This unique wooden “penny farthing” style bicycle was built by Ron Schroer, a Jacksonville, Florida resident. After going through chemo a few years ago, he said he realized “if I didn’t let some of my crazy out before I passed, I’d be disappointed with myself.” The only goal of his art projects has been to make people smile- and they do.

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Austin Mini Maker Faire 2015: the T-shirt!

Hey!  It’s our AWESOME new AMMF 2015 T-shirt design by the inimitable Kat Townsend!  Volunteer a fun 4 hour shift and gain free entry to the faire AND one of these spiffy AMMF T-shirts in red.  Both red and blue will be on sale at the Faire. Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 1.11.49 PMScreen Shot 2015-05-05 at 1.11.54 PM