About THE 2017 SUNSHINE COAST Mini Maker Faire:
The CoastMakers group has been quietly building momentum over the past 12 months. Now at 65 members, Makers meet in various locations around the Coast and our most successful meetups have been in local Sunshine Coast business and not-for-profit organization spaces. We’ve met at Unwind Knit & Fibre Lounge, Gibsons Recycling, the Sechelt Community School’s Youth Drop-in Centre, and in local halls. We’ve hosted two public Coast Maker events – the drawbot & robotics display evening at the Gibsons Art Building and Santa’s Workshop at the Davis Bay Hall. Individual makers also network and assist each other on projects in shops and spaces all over the Coast.
The Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire is the culmination of our efforts to grow the Maker community on the Coast. As only the 4th Official Mini Maker Faires in BC, it’s a big deal, and we’re stoked we joined the global Maker Faire movement and had a very successful inaugural event in 2015.
We’ve got a great little video of our very first event… now multiply all of this, add schools & kids, throw in some inspiration from super-makers and it’s going to be one crazy fun and interesting afternoon on May 29, 2016 at Dougall Park Gibsons from 11am – 5pm. See you there!
About Maker Faire:
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Silver Spring, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Trondheim, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.
Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.
About Make: Magazine:
Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects.
Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages.
Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.
Besides the magazine and the faire, Make:
and Maker Media is:
- a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
- a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
- a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
- Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions;
- a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.