This Weekend: Ottawa Mini Maker Faire

Ottawa Mini Maker Faire
Remember earlier this year when I told you about all the amazing DIY-ers I met at Artengine's 3D Print-a-thon? And all the amazing things they were doing with 3D printers? Well, if you missed out on all that awesomeness then (or even if you caught it), you can take in a whole new batch of DIY goodness this weekend at the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire!

Let me just start by saying that I have a bone to pick with the name. Mini is quite the misnomer. I count 47 makers who will be exhibiting. So, this is much bigger than the 3d print-a-thon although a few of the same exhibitors will be present and you just *have* to check them out, including Fabrika3D and ClothBot Designs. And there are so many others! Including the Carleton U Human Computer Interaction department who do some pretty great work in usability and design.

Not only is the faire a "fair", but they are also offering a variety of workshops. I'll be checking it out with the Dude, so we'll be spending our Sunday afternoon there to check out some of the electronics workshops; they include: Doodle Bots with Maker Junior (for kids!), Origami Electronics, Solder your own electric car.

[Note: registration is required for some workshops so make sure to check out the site before you head down to see which booth is selling tickets.]

It's being hosted at the Science and Tech Museum and according to the site, admission to the faire is free although you will have to pay to visit the museum if you're so inclined.

One last thing: the first maker faire was hosted last year thanks to a grant from Awesome Ottawa. You can check out that great story for some background info. It looks like this year's event will be even bigger and with more activities to keep makers of all ages busy. I absolutely can't wait for this one!

See you there?

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