10,000 people attended this past weekend’s Santiago Mini Maker Faire—more than double last year’s attendance. However impressive the turnout and the fair production design (kudos Pedro Sepulveda & Mil M2 team—incredible work!), the 120+ makers maintained center stage, surprising, teaching and inspiring. You could feel the epiphanies and the delight going off all around.
As a foreign visitor, it was interesting to see even at “the end of the world,” key Maker Movement platforms are established and thriving: Arduino, OpenROV, Raspberry Pi, Nerdy Derby, RepRap—even valet bike parking—all represented.
Chilean makers were strong and diverse, with Makerspace STGO clearly providing connective tissue. (One great example of this: the Makerspace provided a 2 month membership scholarship for 10 deserving Maker Faire applicants, thus welcoming new makers into the community, and delivering new cool content to the fair. Brilliant!)
Imported star talent Jorge Crowe/Argentina; Landfill Harmonic/Paraguay; Gonazlo Frasca/Uruguay; Burnkit, Molecule Synth and Matt Richardson/USA; and Amor Munoz/Mexico helped mix up the scene and generate exchange.
Some compelling evidence:
Artist Amor Munoz from Mexico City was on a artist residence at Makerspace STGO and created this Radio Llama project just for the fair
Independent maker Eric Astudillo's somewhat creepy humanoid robot
Eric's interest is in human behavior; the robot has voice recognition and runs through a series of familiar human gestures
5 giant, gorgeous, intricate textile by Santiago textile artist collective 12-NA framed the crafter area
This one was my favorite with its long snoot
Lines all day on Sunday to enter—a bigger crowd than Saturday
A bank of motion-sensor activated mollusks that toot party horns at you if you get too close. It's a prototype for a larger sculpture to be installed in Valparaiso. By Roderigo Costa, Pico Rocos, Francisco Munoz
The local Arduino user group was out with drawing machines and great t-shirts
Fernando Cespedes and his in-progress flying machine
Dark room; bathrooms; food...
UTEM's interdisciplinary ProteinLab design class assignment: design and activate a Theo Jansen-inspired robot
Tim from BackyardBrains and their EMG sensor kit. Neuroscience is fun!
Sebastian Muhr's kinetic bicycle tree
Everyone could try the magic of Panoptiko's greenscreen (weather ladies were popular!)
Claudio Merlet's Kiku01—a guitar that plays itself
OpenROV community member Anton Rabanas fabbed his underwater robot at Makerspace STGO
David's contribution to the OpenROV catalog is this robotic arm, designed to grab meteorites from the bottom of the Antarctic
The MadLab team from Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseno built this open source CNC router
FIguring out MadLab's RepRap controller
Designer Benedicto Lopez' longboards
It took the merest invitation from maker Jorge Crowe for the kids to rush the stage after his Sunday performance to try his tricks for themselves
Can’t forget PissCO, a robotic drink dispensing machine by Nathan Pahucki and Pablo Castro. It was probably the populist hit of the event, mixing potty humor, a national joke, and Raspberry Pi:
Makerspace STGO & Tiburcio de la Carcova: take a bow! and another!