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Toronto Mini Maker Faire survivor guide

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Here’s a survival guide we put together with 10 Things You Need To Know about surviving – and thriving –  at your very own Toronto Mini Maker Faire.

 

10 Essentials for Your Maker Faire Survival Kit

  1. Tickets. Please bring your ticket on your phone, or print it to get to see the makers and not waste your time in a lineup. Or pay with cash/credit/debit at the door.  We got Squares on the ready.
  2. Bring cash. Some workshops told us they would appreciate a PWYC, and some have a small honorarium to cover costs, so please bring some change with you. We think this needs to be said, cause who carries cash nowadays? Exactly.  
  3. Going to a robot cavalcade on Sunday? Check our SCHEDULE. It’s Bring Your Own Robot (BYOR) – same goes for toy hacking. There will be toys for hacking,but if you can bring your own, please do so. We’re sure there’s toys you can’t stand lying around your house; bring them in!
  4. Water. We will have water, but please bring a bottle. There might also be some water coming down from the sky tomorrow..so maybe bring an umbrella, too, just in case! Maker Faire is INDOORS, but umbrella is still a good idea.
  5. Food. There will be a couple of food tracks and food options, but please don’t expect fancy food. We run on pizza and beer around here. Speak not of fancy pork bellies, cronuts, and ramen noodles – we ain’t got that at Maker Faire; not this year anyway.
  6. Tshirts! We do have super awesome Maker Faire tshirts for sale!
  7. Wear a costume! Cause why not!? Let that Halloween spirit come early. This is one of the reason Maker Faires are so great – you can make it what you want it to be. Wanna dress as R2D2? Fine with us. We don’t judge.
  8. Parking. If you can, please take TTC. Not much parking around Wychwood Barns. See the location map below.
  9. Ticket prices are going up at midnight today. ALL discount codes stop working at midnight. Fear the night! Get your ticket while it’s still on sale.
  10. Make, hack, invent, tinker, play! Come to meet new friends. Please say hi to people you don’t know, ask makers about their projects, and build a robot or two. Join the maker fun!

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Buy your Maker Faire discounted tickets now to SAVE BIG! See you at the Maker Faire!

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Autodesk is sponsoring our little Maker Faire!

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We truly couldn’t pull this off without our sponsors. Autodesk has been a huge proponent of maker movement, and we’re thrilled to have them support Toronto Mini Maker Faire.

Autodesk is known in the maker community around the world as a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services. You’ll see Autodesk at the Faire, showcasing the awesome 123D app. If you’re a maker, chances are you’ve heard of this app – 123D is a free 3D modeling software integrated with content and fabrication services, that lets you make some cool things. Autodesk might even bring a 3D printer or two of their own! So stop by and chat them up – cause they’ve been involved with Maker Faires for a long time. They have a lot of knowledge to share about fun things you can do with 3D printing and 123D app, like Printing the Future of the Past project. And please join us in thanking Autodesk for their continuous support.

Big thank you to our sponsor, Teehan+Lax

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Teehan+Lax has supported  Toronto Mini Maker Faire from day one, and they need no introduction, really.  There’s been so much buzz surrounding them, what with their elegant, clean design for Medium.com, or the mind-blowing award-winning Hyperlapse. Teehan+Lax documents these successes on their site, but have you ever wondered how they learn? What makes their pixels on screen so extremely loveable?

Enter Teehan+Lax Labs

Teehan+Lax is constantly playing with hardware, lots of it for their own knowledge. For a company that typically is hired to put pixels on a screen and bring physical and digital worlds together, they put a lot of energy and resources into making stuff.

“Maker movement has been a catalyst for how we think about design.” –  Jon Lax

Teehan+Lax Labs is a space for projects and ideas that is, in a way, designed for active failure. You can see prototypes and half-done things on the awesome Google+ page for the Labs. That’s where you can see Teehan+Lax learning process. They’re always trying to make something cool. We’re so happy to have Teehan+Lax as sponsors for Toronto Mini Maker Faire.

 

Why we do this Maker Faire thing again?

Why do we do this? What keeps us going? Our collective enthusiasm for maker culture is certainly one important reason, but it’s also about receiving emails like this one:

Hi Jen,

I’m a 13 year old boy who has recently gotten into electronics through the Raspberry Pi. few weeks ago, I finished my Raspberry Pi powered, Wiimote controlled RC car. I’m super proud, and would like to share. My uncle suggested I send an email to Maker Magazine, but that got me thinking…

I knew what Maker Faire was, and I was really interested, but I thought there was only one, just in NYC. However, I decided to take a look at the website anyways. That’s when I discovered all the ‘Mini’ maker faires! As I live in the GTA, the Toronto one would be perfect.

I was thinking this would be the perfect time to show off my car, before getting my hands dirty in one of the workshops.

Is it still possible to contribute to this years Faire, or am I too late?

– Matthew Reynolds

Nope, not late and yes you are coming. Thank you! 🙂 And, in case you’re wondering, here’s the car Matthew Reynolds will be showing at the Maker Faire!

Need another reason to come out to Toronto Mini Maker Faire?

Hey look, Cory Doctorow says you should come!

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Paying it Forward

We’re working with our community partners from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods to help bring 200 children, students, and their families to Toronto Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 22, and we need your support! Pay it Forward with us, here.

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Don’t know about you, but we have read our share of Cory Doctorow’s books over the years. In the context of Toronto Mini Maker Faire, there’s this one book we thought we’d mention; it seems particularly fitting. In his own words:

makers_tor_bigMakers is a book about people who hack hardware, business-models, and living arrangements to discover ways of staying alive and happy even when the economy is falling down the toilet.”

The whole book is available as a free, Creative Commons download.

TVOParents wants to send you and your family to the Maker Faire!

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Thought we’d let you know that our media partner TVOParents is doing a fun contest to send one lucky family to Toronto Mini Maker Faire!

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Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 4.06.58 PMTVOParents is giving away a family pass to Toronto Mini Maker Faire, our awesome weekend festival where kids and adults get to play with robots, learn about 3D printing, play with LED lights, and see clothes that communicate! This is what science is made of! If you and your kids like making stuff – whether it’s jewellery, furniture, robots, wearable tech, or something else – you’ll fit right in! Enter the contest (entries must be received by midnight on September 17, 2013), or Hey, just join us the faire, will you? 🙂

Buy your Maker Faire discounted tickets now to SAVE BIG!

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We have a limited number of these tickets, and when they are gone, well they are gone! Have you seen our maker line up? Have you seen what we are planning for you? You will not want to miss out!

Cause why not bring your Kids to see some 3D Printing?

TVO supports Maker Faire because that’s where kids can learn more about 3D printing, engineering, and the overlap between physical and digital worlds. In their own words:

..and there’s more where that came from on TVOParents digital literacy page. Hope we see you at Toronto Mini Maker Faire!

Pay It Forward! Be a Maker Faire Supporter

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We’re working with our community partners from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods to help bring 200 children, students, and their families to Toronto Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 22, and we need your support!

In Canada, the latest figures show that women make up less than 10 per cent of university students enrolled in science and engineering and only 22 per cent of the science and engineering workforce. And in the U.S. only 7 per cent of blacks and latinos make up the science, engineering, technology and mathematics workforce. The Conference Board of Canada’s 2013 Innovation Report sees Canada slipping to 13th in innovation among 16 peer countries, underlining the need to strengthen our creativity, invention and entrepreneurship skills.

Pay it forward and help donate the cost of a ticket for as little as $4 and up to a school bus rental for $345. Help more people experience Maker Faire.

Learn more about why we’re committed to diversity and sending girls and women to the Maker Faire.

Click the donate button and scroll down to the orange Donate tickets.

Part science fair, part festival, and part something entirely new, Toronto Mini Maker Faire is a registered non-profit, all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, engineers, tinkerers, hobbyists, science clubs, hackers, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned while creating it. Toronto joins over 60 cities around the world that host a Mini Maker Faire of their own.

Help us spread the word by adding a button to your site! Use the #mmfTO hashtag for tweets.

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Meet the Makers: The world’s first truly affordable 3D Scanner by MATTERFORM

Since Toronto Mini Maker Faire supports making in all its shapes and forms, we thought we’d tell you more about the makers you will meet at the faire.

The Matterform 3D Scanner – by MATTERFORM

The world’s first truly affordable 3D scanner for home use will be on display at this year’s Faire. The Matterform 3D Scanner allows anyone to take a physical object and turn it into a digital 3D model on their computer.  From there, you can print your file on any 3D printer or online printing service. Or, use the model you created in an animation or video game. Think of the possibilities! 

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We have a limited number of tickets at 50% off, and when they are gone, well they are gone! Don’t miss out!

Meet the Makers: HackLab.TO

Since Toronto Mini Maker Faire supports making in all its shapes and forms, we thought we’d tell you more about the makers you will meet at the faire.

HackLab Members Projects by HACKLAB.TO

Hacklab_UltimakerFocusHackLab.TO is a technology hacker space in Toronto with a diverse membership, including artists, computer programmers, web designers, and hardware hackers, who work together on projects. HackLab.TO will bring 3D printers, a playable flip-dot game of snake, electronic jewelry, and other member projects to Toronto Mini Maker Faire.

Catch HackLab.TO at the Toronto Reference Library!

Catch HackLab.TO at the Toronto Reference Library today, Wednesday September 11 at 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. FREE. Come and join Eric and Rob, members of HackLab.TO, and see their 3D printer in action! They will be demonstrating and discussing some really cool projects such as robots and wearable electronics.

Did you know Toronto Reference Library is getting a maker space?

TPL is launching new collaboration, learning and maker spaces at Toronto Reference Library & Fort York Branch. What would you like to see in these spaces? Please fill this TPL survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MXQQTC3


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We have a limited number of these tickets, and when they are gone, well they are gone! Have you seen our maker line up? Don’t miss out!

Meet the Makers: 3D Chocolate Printer BY 3D CHOCOLATEERING

Since Toronto Mini Maker Faire supports making in all its shapes and forms, we thought we’d tell you more about the makers you will meet at the faire.

3D Chocolate Printer BY 3D CHOCOLATEERING

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See the world’s first Chocolate Selective Laser Sintering 3D printer that can form solid objects by selectively melting chocolate powder at this year’s Faire! With the ultimate goal to make 3D printing more accessible to all, 3D Chocolateering pushes the boundries of what low-cost rapid manufacturing technologies can accomplish. 3D Chocolateering is founded by a small group of Mechatronics Engineering graduates based out of Waterloo, Ontario.

Here’s a neat 3D Chocolate printer time-lapse. Come to the Maker Faire to see it in action!

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We have a limited number of tickets at 50% off, and when they are gone, well they are gone! Have you seen our maker line up? Have you seen what we are planning for you? You will not want to miss out!