In 2012 there will be close to 60 Mini Maker Faires around the globe. Mini Maker Faires are organized by individuals, hackerspaces and maker groups, schools, and larger institutions like science museums. They are diverse in scope, resources and origin, but all share an interest in connecting and celebrating makers.
At World Maker Faire New York next weekend, over twenty such Mini Maker Faire producers will be meeting up, telling stories, and learning about new tools.
If you are interested in meeting some of these folks and learning more about our Mini Maker Faire program, please come out to Maker Faire New York for our Sunday 11 a.m. morning session “Mini Maker Faires: Building Local Maker Community Around the Globe.” Note that if you can’t make it, you can watch the livestream at google.com/+MAKE.
Now for the updates! Two Mini Maker Faires are happening this weekend:
- Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire (PA): September 22, 2012 – second annual
- Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire (NM): September 23, 2012 – first annual
And there are also two fairs coming up next weekend:
- Champlain Mini Maker Faire (VT): September 29, 2012
- Columbus Mini Maker Faire (OH): September 29, 2012
Participate! Here are fairs with active and open Call for Makers:
- Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire (IN): October 6 & 7, 2012
- Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire (UT): October 6, 2012 - officially closed but you can still try
- Atlanta Mini Maker Faire (GA): October 6, 2012 - officially closed but you can still try
- Somerville Mini Maker Faire (MA): October 13, 2012
- Ottawa Mini Maker Faire (Canada): October 13 & 14, 2012
- East Bay Mini Maker Faire (Oakland, CA): October 14, 2012 — officially closed but you can still try
- Norfolk Mini Maker Faire (VA): October 20, 2012
- Groningen Mini Maker Faire (The Netherlands): October 20, 2012 – NEW!
- Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire (NV): February 2, 2013
News: Please note that unfortunately the Chico Mini Maker Faire on October 13, 2012 has been cancelled. Ticket buyers will be refunded. We encourage anyone from that community who would like to take the reigns next year to let us know of your interest.
And finally, our weekly special image treat. Last weekend Dale Dougherty, Rob Bullington from the Maker Shed and I were able to participate at the very first Portland Mini Maker Faire. Dale did a great photo roundup already, but I thought I would share mine as well.