Nov 2

Maker Faire wrapup

Posted by Matty

We just got back from Maker Faire in Austin (ermm, two weeks ago), and have much to share!

Geek out, with lots of pix inside!

Let’s start at the beginning. Make is magazine that embraces all things DIY, gadgets, electronica, etc. It’s a cool magazine, and they also have an active blog. I’ve found the first issue on newstands, and have been a subscriber since issue 2.

So, the creators of the magazine started to put on Maker Faires. Think along the lines of a trade show, but way cooler. Instead of every booth being packed with some company wanting to sell you stuff, most booths were folks who built something cool, and wanted to talk about how or why they did it.

So, when Make announced that the next Maker Faire was going to be in Austin, Nanc and I were all about it. We even arranged to camp on site for the two day event.

We arrived on Friday afternoon and set up, then wandered around. Many of pictures are from this first day, before the general public was let in. Everyone there was just hanging out, or getting set up. It was a lot of fun.

But nothing prepared me for Saturday, when the Faire opened. There were catapults, giant kites, robots, fire displays, music, and more. The Diet Coke and Mentos guys were there to make geysers of Diet Coke. Art cars, and Art bikes. A life-sized Mousetrap game…There were also myriad talks and demonstrations going on at a given time.

It was far too much to see in one day. Good thing that it ran for two days!

It wasn’t all geek though. Make’s sister publication Craft was also well represented with knitters, embroiderers, sewers and more. Even the booths selling goods were more than happy to tell you how to make it your own darn self.

Hands down, it was the coolest thing I’ve been to in a long time. The pictures and descriptions really don’t do it justice.

8 Responses to “Maker Faire wrapup”

  1. Nanc Says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for finally posting this. I still need to look at the pictures from my camera, but you are wonderful for getting this done.

    btw – the ChakraTron’s pic was missing the rel info, so I added it – hope that’s okay.

  2. P-la Says:

    Wow, even I can appreciate the geekery!! Thanks for sharing! Looks pretty dang cool!

  3. Jen da Purse Ho Says:

    how FUNNNNNNNN! thanks for sharing the pics! it looks like it was a blast!!!!

  4. botgurl Says:

    Wow that would have been fun. I’m jealous of your instructables shirt, and I really like your panoramic moustrap shot.

  5. Rachel Says:

    Finally, the scoop on MF! It is officially added to my list of things I’d like to do.

    Was this the first one? Does it travel or is it always in Austin?

  6. Rachel Says:

    Oh, and that iPod? I don’t even have an iPod and I covet that cover.

  7. Betty Says:

    Too much fun!

    (Typo, btw: should be Art by Roomba, not Rooma. That looks like something even I could do–think I’ll try it to match our elephant painting!)

    Cheers, Betty

  8. Angi Says:

    Cool stuff! Where is the next one? I may try to make it.
    I really want the pleo!