4,100 attended the first day of the Santiago Mini Maker Faire—more than triple the 2012 Saturday attendance! A fantastic array of local Chilean and neighbor South American makers provided workshops, demos, conversation, ideas, hands-on action and exchange.
Gorgeous production design with real circus tents, blackboard signage that attendees could contribute to, and zero plastic (even the Maker Faire pennant flags were fabric and sewn!) created a magical atmosphere equal to the makers’ offering.
All the national Chilean networks reported live from the fair, so organizers are expecting even more visitors on Sunday.
Jorge Crowe from Argentina and his toy circuit bending
Just for Maker Faire: the muse becomes a rocket
"Makers at the End of the World"
Collaborative blackboard signage
Giant cardboard dogs by Pablo Curutchet
Lya Espinoza Cuadra & her upcycled panels (formerly juice boxes)
Pedro Marambio's honey harvester
Pedro's chain-cutting machine
Landfill Harmonic's upcycled saxaphone
Landfill Harmonic from Paraguay
A Landfill Harmonic violin
"Mark 9" costume by young maker Nicolas Cartes
MAKE's Matt Richardson on Hacking Google Glass in the Workshop Tent
Inside the main exhibition area—a 40 year old authentic circus tent
Bernadita Marambio and her textile scrap+starch material
The ideal carnivorous habitat "PlantHouse" by Consuelo and Jorge Olate
US makers Burnkit 2600 jamming the beats!
Illustrator/designer/artist Alfonso Diaz' tiny robot sculptures
PlantSSS—a global horticulture database iPhone app by Max Delporte
Leandro Nuñez from Argentina's large LED matrix with each LED activated by its own relay.
Santiago's primary electronics store had boards and kits for sale
Even the wayfinding was fun
Gabriel Diaz Yanten's newest dinosaur puppet
Battery powered trike and the picnic zone
3 national television networks produced live reports from the fair
Team Santiago: Claudia, Maca, Tiburcio
STGO Makerspace (the fair’s organizers) have already posted a Day One video that includes some of the production build:
Looking forward to Day Two!