Monthly Archives: May 2013

Upcoming Events for the Curious Creator

In anticipation of the Toronto Mini Maker Faire this fall, why not hit up a few events to learn a thing or two, so you can get started on a project worthy of a public show and tell. It’s no secret that Toronto and surrounding area has a lot to offer when it comes to events that appeal to makers of all kinds. From code to creations, this city serves as an informal school for the curious.

We’ve pulled together a list of events happening over the next few weeks which peaked our interests:

Intro to Flame Effects – June 2
While we don’t know the intricacies of this event, the title does a pretty good job of summing up what this workshop is all about. It’s one of many being hosted by Site3 this month that’s worth checking out – take a look at their calendar.

3D Printing for Total Beginners – Tuesday, June 4
If you haven’t had the chance to get hands-on with 3D printing, this hands-on workshop will give you the chance to do just that. You’ll also learn everything you need to know to get started designing your own 3D printable items.

FITC Spotlight: Hardware – Saturday, June 8
At its next event, FITC is putting the focus on all the goodies that makers dream of: Google Glass, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Leap Motion, 3D printing, drones, depth cameras and more! Featuring 10 creative technologists, this one day event covers emerging technology which is impacting the tech world. Register and save 10% with code MMFTO.


The Next Big Thing: Data with Nora Young – Monday, June 10
The brilliant Nora Young, acclaimed journalist and host of CBC Radio One’s Spark, will be talking about big data at the next Girl Geeks Toronto at CSI on June 10th. Join fellow geeks – boys and girls – for an evening of insights, great conversation, food and wine.


Waterloo Mini Maker Faire – June 15
Like all Maker Faires, this event will be one of the greatest show and tells on earth! The event is being held at Kitchener City Hall and admissions is free. You can expect RobotGrrl’s Robot Creatures, Clearpath Robotics Inc., Engineering Models and more!


Thursday, June 13 – The Ultimate Intro to Arduino Workshop Series
If you’ve been thinking about getting hands-on with Arduino, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre’s 3-part workshop might be the perfect introduction. They’ll be covering off the basics from connecting input sensors and outputs to using serial data to communicate between the Arduino and a computer.

Tuesday, June 18 – Intro to Raspberry Pi!
More than just a microcontroller, the Raspberry Pi is a powerful, but small computer that has a ton of both practical and fun applications. Get familiar with it at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre’s 3-part workshop where you’ll be welcomed to the command line, networking, and Linux, Python and the Raspberry Pi I/O, and advanced networking applications.

Are there other events that the maker community in Toronto should know about? Share them in the comments below and don’t forget to mention why creators should attend!

Thank you. You are awesome!

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party(c) warmnfuzzy

You were awesome. Our sponsors were awesome. Our launch party was awesome. We all had an amazing time and are totally humbled by your support. We generated a lot of love and magic that night! And we want to continue generating magic in September. We are excited to have you by our side supporting the Toronto Maker Faire.

We will very soon be able to announce a location for the Maker Faire, so stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to get our updates.

You all know that there is very little that we could have done if it weren’t for your support, so THANK YOU!

Now: let’s relive some of our launch party magic! We are uploading the photographs and videos to our Flickr account and you can start seeing them here.

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

Toronto Maker Faire Launch Party

We thank Adam and his team from Chow Productions for generously supporting us and photographing the launch party. Until next week makers and hackers!

Meet one of our awesome Maker Faire sponsors: Rob Hyndman

As we organize the Toronto Mini Maker Faire, we will come to rely on a number of sponsors, volunteers, advisors and folks from all around Toronto to help us make the faire the most awesome event it can be. One of these awesome people is Rob Hyndman. We thought that since we enjoy the company of such incredible people, that you too, may like to meet them, hear about their adventures and even meet them in person at the faire or any of our parties.

Rob Hyndman is a business lawyer for technology companies, and co-founder of mesh conference and #hohoto. We asked Rob a few questions and he graciously answered so please read on and high five him when you see him this evening!

Rob Hyndman - photo by Photojunkie

Rob Hyndman – photo by Photojunkie (

1. You hacked your career – any advice to people who want to live life on their own terms?
Accept no compromises and spare no effort when it comes to taking control of your own life. empowering yourself is the best thing you can do with yourself because it unleashes you to help others and make a difference.

2. Which living person do you most admire?
Jon Stewart

3. Why did you support the Maker Faire?
Blessed are the makers, for they shall change the earth

4. What inspires you?

5. What have you seen and learned lately that completely blew your mind?
The internet has taught us that almost everything we have ever learned from ‘experts’ is wrong. Trust in yourself.

6. What do you love most about living in Toronto?
My hood. the Junction is the shit.

7. What is your idea of happiness?
Being in control of my own destiny, seeing those I love do the same.

8. What do you most value in your friends?

9. What is your greatest extravagance?

10. When and where were you happiest?
Right now, writing this.

11. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?
A seagull. I would love to fly.

12. Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad – he is the most decent person I know.  Jon Stewart.  Hilary Clinton. Aaron Sorkin.

13. Who are your favorite musicians?
Carlos Santana.

14. What is your favorite food and drink?
Pork fat. BBQ. Bourbon.

15. What social movement do you most admire?

16. What supernatural powers would you most like to possess?
The power to neutralize calories in what I eat.

17. What is it that you most dislike?

18. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My marriage.

Toronto Maker Faire launch party on!

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Get your maker flaire on for Maker Faire launch party!

Steampunk, mask-making, 3D printing and makers take over Mozilla HQ on May 7 at 7 p.m for the Maker Faire launch party. Please use #MMFTO if you plan to tweet/Instagram, and get ready to join the fun and celebrate the launch of Toronto’s own Maker Faire – the greatest show and tell in the world! Because unicorns never lie.

If you secured your ticket, that’s fantastic! If you still need a last minute ticket, you have a couple of options:

1. Purchase and advance Faire ticket at the cost of $30. This is a great option. As you get a party ticket + a Faire ticket when the faire happens in fall.

2. Purchase a VIP ticket. That says it all. VIP all the way for the Faire, our parties and events and a lot more of course!

3. Or be an awesome supporter and consider on of our sponsorship options for $250 or $500.

We are looking forward to seeing you all and celebrating makers this evening.