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We need your support!

Balloon Robot Battle Arena, Built.

Quadcopters, Charged.

Support, STILL NEEDED!

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You helped make our launch party out of this world, and now we’re calling on you again to help make the Faire even better!

We need all kinds of support – paid, in-kind, getting the word out, and of course, your attendance. You know we can’t do this without you and we are working really hard to make sure you have the a great time at the Faire this September. And you will, we promise.

Paid Sponsors

We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available starting at only $250. If you have a shilling to spare, email Leila, our sponsors lead!

In-Kind Sponsors

There are lots of things that go into organizing a Faire and we would love your assistance in procuring some of them. If you or someone you know can help us out with any of the following, please get in touch. We would be forever grateful:

  • Food and beverages
  • Printing – signs and more
  • Tech support and AV equipment
  • Internet for our makers
  • Laptops for workshops

Spread the word!

Have you told everyone about the amazing Maker Faire that’s happening in Toronto? Oh dear! What are you waiting for?

Help us by getting the word out about our event by sharing information with your networks. We have set-up sample tweets, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus posts, descriptions and more on this promotional goodies page.

And, hey, join us at Faire will you?

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Let’s make this happen. TOGETHER.

WIN a 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen!

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There are many reasons to attend Toronto Mini Maker Faire, including live glass blowing, robots, toy hacking, 3D Chocolate printing and more. Now, we’re giving you one more reason to lock your tickets in early, the chance to WIN a 3Doodler! Pen to be shipped in early 2014.

Purchase your tickets to Toronto Mini Maker Faire by Friday, August 9th and you’ll be automatically entered to WIN a 3Doodler, the world’s first 3D printing pen! This successful Kickstarter project will be shipping to its backers and then to the lucky winner early next year. Good news is, everyone who has already purchased a ticket will also be entered.

Gain additional entries by letting us know what you’d create with the @3Doodler on Twitter!

“#Iwouldcreate  _______ with a @3Doodler @MakerFaire_TO”

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Meet a few of the 2013 Makers!

We have received many great applications for makers so far and we’re excited to announce a few of this year’s maker line-up.

3D Chocolateering, Brian Luptak

bnnfd731b 3D Chocolateering will be showing off the world’s first Chocolate Selective Laser Sintering 3D printer at the Faire this fall! Just when you thought 3D printing couldn’t get any sweeter, a small group of Mechatronics Engineering graduates based out of Waterloo, Ontario have created a 3D printer that can form solid chocolate objects by thermally bonding chocolate powder using 2W 445nm laser sintering.

Toy Hacking, MakerKids

Maker KidsThis year’s faire will have something for all ages! MakerKids will be hosting a Toy Hacking makerstation where young and old alike can use tools and craft supplies to take toys apart and reassemble them into new creations! A 3D printer will be on hand churning out eyes, teeth and other oddities for creations of all kinds. Electronics, soldering irons, and LEDs will also be on hand for further customization. Humpty Dumpty never had it so good!

MakerKids is a makerspace for kids that offers workshops, after-school programs, summer camps, and birthday parties on electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, 3D printing and much more.

Flame-working…here fishy fishy fish, Natali Baird

Natali BairdNatali Baird will be sharing a unique and mesmerizing glass working technique at the faire called Flame Working. She will be creating glass fish by using a an oxygen/propane torch to melt glass into beautiful pieces of art, live.

Glass has its own sense of movement and internal structure, a quality which allows maker Natali Baird to interact with the medium in an intimate and responsive way. Don’t miss seeing beautiful creations come to life before your eyes this September 21-22!

Hope to see you there!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!