SoDo Maker Space at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is only three months away, but if you can’t wait to start tinkering, building, inventing, or creating, the National Week of Making (#WeekofMaking) kicks off on June 16. Organized by the nonprofit organization Nation of Makers, the week will highlight the diversity of Makers big and small, young and old, urban and rural, throughout the country. Makers are encouraged to participate in activities taking place in their local communities to celebrate the innovation, ingenuity, and creativity of Makers.

As part of the national week of making, Seattle’s SoDo Maker Space is hosting the LipSync Buildathon, Sunday June 18, 10:00am–4:30pm. The Buildathon “connects a person with a disability to makers” to build the LipSync, an open source assistive technology, which enables a person with no use of their hands to use a touchscreen device with a mouth-operated joystick that controls an onscreen cursor.

Teams will be given tools and parts, then work together to assemble, solder, 3D-print components, transfer the code onto an Arduino board, and mount the device to a wheelchair. The teams will be supported by the LipSync creators, the Neil Squire Society, and their new program, Makers Making Change: connecting makers to people with disabilities to create open-source assistive technologies.

National Week of Making runs until June 22. Learn more at weekofmaking.org. For more on the LipSync Buildathon, visit the Sodo Makerspace website.

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Bluthe at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Bluthe is a “terrifying” six-foot tall Theo Jansen-inspired animatronic robot with an articulated neck; moving head and jaws; eyes that swivel, flash and blink; and a mouth that breathes fire created by 12-year-old Anantika Mannby for the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire.

One of most incredible things about Maker Faire is the range of projects and makers. From youth makers to makers representing major tech companies in the area, everyone is a maker and can learn and be inspired by the range of projects.

Don’t hesitate if you are thinking about applying!

Maker Faire audiences are enthusiastic and want to see and talk about all kinds of projects! Whatever it is you like to make, we encourage everyone to show it off to more than 6,000 enthusiastic attendees at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. We can’t wait to see what you do.  Apply by June 26!

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Here are a few examples of the wide range of projects from the past:

STRANGER IOTHINGS WALL

Makeroloist Stranger Things at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Stranger IOThings Wall, created by Makerologist, is a replica of the alphabet wall from the hit Netflix TV series, Stranger Things. Attendees can spell out messages on the wall using a mobile application. This popular installation was displayed at last year’s Mini Maker Faires in Portland and Seattle, has made appearances at MoPoP events, and was featured in MAKE Magazine.

HOVER CART

Hovercart at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

In 2015, 10-year-old Aditi Mannby (Bluthe maker Anantika Mannby’s sister) brought the hover cart: a motorized creation that combined the propulsion and movement methods of hovercraft and electrical ground vehicles. When the hovercraft is active, it lifts the cart’s wheels lift off the ground, and when it is turned off, batteries and an electric motor allow the vehicle to be driven like a go-kart.

HANDMADE PAPER RECYCLING MAGIC

Recycled Paper at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

In 2015, Liz Gasper provided a chance for attendees to experience the convergence of art, science, and sustainability as they dipped their fingers in pulp made entirely of clean recycled materials. Guests were invited to make their own gorgeous piece of handmade paper to take home in this hands-on art workshop.

MICROSOFT MAKERS

Microsoft piano at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

In 2015, a maker from IoT at Microsoft brought a giant light-up keyboard for guests to play on.

RECLINING FIGURE

Reclining Figure at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Artist Ryan Feddersen created an interactive wire frame sculpture. Guests were invited to add colored ribbons throughout the weekend to complete the figure.

COUCH ARMADA

Couch Armada at Seattle Mini Maker Faire

One of our favorites! Proving that you can make something awesome out of the everyday, Couch Armada pieced together the guts from two mobility scooters, fifteen meters of RGB strips for lighting, four speakers, and a subwoofer to build the mobile living room piece, Couch Chaisse.

Thank you to all the makers that make our world a better and more exciting, joyful place! We can’t wait to see what you bring to 2017.

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Thank you to Pratt Fine Arts Center and Lisa Geersten for hosting a blacksmithing demo for our Maker Faire committee members and for this special guest blog post. Lisa is a badass! Join her and Pratt as an exhibitor at the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire. This is the final week to apply! Deadline: June 20.

Interview by Heather Olson

lisa_blacksmithing_demoLisa is the Metal and Stone Studio Manager at Pratt Fine Arts Center, where she has been a blacksmithing instructor since 2007. She is a full-time artist blacksmith/fabricator and owner of Firelight Forge in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA. She has been working with metal since 1999 and her commission work ranges from architectural fabrication to site-specific sculptures.

Tell me why you are excited to participate in Maker Faire this year.

Because it was so awesome last year! I’ve done the Mini Maker Faire before for two years as Firelight Forge, but last year was the first time I organized the Pratt booth and it was really exciting. We could have more than just blacksmithing. We had lots of art demos including printmaking, stone carving, plaster casting, and flame working. Seeing the excitement from the crowd and being able to tell people about Pratt and all the art that we teach there was really great. We were really able to educate people and spread the word. (more…)

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Date and TIME

Wednesday, March 30, 2016; 6:00pm–9:00pm

Location

Ada’s Technical Books (425 15th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112)

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is setting up shop at Ada’s Technical Books in Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 30 to celebrate the launch of our Call for Makers 2016! We can’t wait to see what amazing projects will come out of our community this year, and would love to meet you in person.

Drop in any time between 6:00pm-9:00pm on Wednesday, March 30. Meet the organizers, network with other makers and Seattle Mini Maker Faire committee members, give us some input, make a fun button to take home, get discounted drinks, buy a limited edition faire t-shirt, and pick up some swag. Free snacks provided; first people in the door with Maker Faire swag will get a free drink compliments of the Penny University founders.

It’ll be a great opportunity to get more information, and we’ll even have computers onsite available for you to start your application right away.

Big thank you to Ada’s Technical Books for hosting us for the night!

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Last year we welcomed 5,000 enthusiastic attendees and 120 makers presenting projects of all sorts and sizes. Whatever it is you love to make, we want you to show it off at the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Be descriptive as possible about your project
  • Think about what your exhibit space will require to run
  • Provide good photos or video content, if available
  • Ask questions if you’re not sure about something (contact us at makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org)

We’re seeking makers of all ages including individuals, hobbyist groups, schools, non-profit organizations, and commercial businesses. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.

For examples of projects, visit our Makers page or browse our 2015 archive.

We hope to see you at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire on September 17-18 at EMP Museum!

Application Deadline: June 20, 2016

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makey_robotAbout a week ago our Seattle Mini Maker Faire team members had an amazing time at the Global Maker Faire Summit in the City by the Bay—San Francisco! This eye-opening experience was an amazing opportunity to connect with and learn alongside over 100 producers from all over the world.

On the ground, the Maker Media team did an incredible job pulling everyone together and hosting a rewarding conversation on how to continue to engage our local makers and help our independently organized (but mighty!) event continue to grow and best showcase the wildly creative people here in our city.

We took a tour of the Exploratorium (a must-see in San Francisco!) and heard from Scott Weaver, who built this impressive sculpture, Rolling Through the Bay, entirely out of toothpicks! (We resisted the urge to touch.)

producers_group_summit_2016We also got to check out the American Steel Studios, a massive warehouse that houses an unbelievable amount of artists, welders, sculptors, engineers, and innovator projects. Don’t miss the innovative stuff happening here!

Needless to say, it was a great experience that’s getting us pumped to kick off the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Call for Makers is coming in March—save the date for a special kick-off event on March 30. More info coming soon.

–Liz Y., EMP Museum

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Seattle Mini Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Join the fun and apply to run a booth or workshop at Seattle Mini Maker Faire, June 8-9 at the Seattle Center!  Applications are due by April 1st.

The first step to participating in Seattle Mini Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. Please provide a short description of what you make and what you would like to bring to Seattle Mini Maker Faire, including links to photographs and/or videos of your project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things.  

Click these links to learn more about how to apply as a Maker  (adults) or a Young Maker (ages 10-17).

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