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Road to Maker Faire Challenge
Road to Maker Faire Challenge

Road to Maker Faire ChallengeAfter an intense round of voting by the public, our judges are ready to announce the winners on this year’s Road to Maker Faire Challenge, presented by Esurance.

And the winner is… Greathouse Labs by Lance Greathouse, pictured above. This Arizona-based maker’s wares have been seen in years past at Maker Faires around the country, as well as on the playa for Burning Man. Lance will receive a $2,500 prize to travel to the Bay Area next month, and he’ll be bringing several of his “lab” projects with him to exhibit.

Our two runners-up will also receive awards. They’ll get a Maker’s Notebook and a one-year subscription to MAKE Magazine. They are…

Road to Maker Faire Challenge
Laser Kaleidoscope by Raster

The Laser Kaliedoscope features a laser pointed at a mirror, and that reflects the laser onto another mirror, and that one reflects it onto another mirror, and then it shows up on the wall. You can make the motors spin by adjusting the speed by turning the potentiometers. There are 3 motors and by setting them all to different speeds, you can get some crazy patterns going.

Road to Maker Faire Challenge
ModelBox 3D

ModelBox 3D is a fast and affordable 3D rapid prototyping solution. You can take any 3D model, slice it with our software, print it using a standard inkjet or laser printer and create a real sculpture in 15 minutes for a fraction of the cost of other 3D printers.

The range of projects that competed on the Road to Maker Faire Challenge were truly inspiring. From Mindstorm-driven and circuit-based projects, to robotic and interactive sculptures small and large, to multiple electric vehicles, what is a challenge to you today makes an exciting world for all of us tomorrow. And I thank you each for participating.

All of the projects that competed in the 2013 Road to Maker Faire Challenge can be seen below.

But the road doesn’t stop here. There’s another… a World Maker Faire, later this year in New York City! Stay tuned.

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


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