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img 2878 Mini Maker Faire Action:  Fort Wayne, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Oakland, Ottawa, and Somerville

Last weekend at World Maker Faire New York, almost 30 Mini Maker Faire producers gathered for workshops, food, and fun.  We also held a Sunday morning presentation and panel discussion on the Make: Live stage about the Mini Maker Faire program and how it works. (To watch, scroll down.)

Special thanks to Mark Mathias of Westport Mini Maker Faire, Shannon Hoover of Calgary Mini Maker Faire, and Luis Rodriguez from Maker Faire Kansas City for participating.  I chose these Mini Maker Faire representatives not just because they produce great Faires, but because they each represent a unique category of event organizer.  Mark/Westport = library.  Shannon/Calgary = makerspace.  Luis/Kansas City = museum.  Sabrina/East Bay = school.

Now for the updates! Three Mini Maker Faires are happening this weekend:

And there are also five fairs coming up within the next two weekends:

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.

Participate! Here are fairs with active and open Call for Makers:

As promised, here’s the video to our session at Maker Faire New York, “Mini Maker Faires: Building Local Maker Community Around the Globe.”

Sabrina Merlo

Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire’s licensing program for locally and independently produced “Mini” Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.


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