Seattle Mini Maker Faire is back and bigger than ever.
Buy early bird tickets before September 2 and save on admission to the greatest show (and tell) on Earth.
This year’s celebration of the Maker movement will feature more than 130 Makers presenting their passion projects, new tech, super skills, and the latest in DIY, along with live performances, interactive attractions, and hands-on experiences.
We’re thrilled to introduce you to some of the innovators you’ll see around this jam-packed two-day event:
You can meet even more Makers on our Meet the Makers page. And don’t forget to check back often! The full lineup will be announced this August.
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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!
Here are a few examples of the wide range of projects from the past:
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.
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.
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.
In 2015, a maker from IoT at Microsoft brought a giant light-up keyboard for guests to play on.
Artist Ryan Feddersen created an interactive wire frame sculpture. Guests were invited to add colored ribbons throughout the weekend to complete the figure.
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.
When you’re just getting started learning about the maker movement, local makerspaces are the perfect place to get started on your own projects!
Makerspaces can come in all shapes and sizes, and no two makerspaces are the same—some might feature more traditional supplies like crafting materials and LEGOs, while others might be fully-outfitted with 3D printers, laser cutters, and hand tools.
As long as they’re a place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of materials, they’re a “makerspace.”
We talked to Amber Straub, who’ll be hosting a soldering station with local makerspace Metrix Create:Space, about what she’s looking forward to this year:
We have had such an overwhelmingly amount of fantastic applications that we need more time to work out logistics, which is holding us up in sending out acceptance notifications. If you have applied to be a maker, we will be notifying you regarding participation no later than Friday of this week! We appreciate your patience…this event will be EPIC!!