Maker Faire Returns to Miami with Cuban Flavor

Ian Cole

Ian is a founder of The Maker Effect Foundation, a non-profit group organized to study and amplify the effects of makers within their communities. Ian is very active in the Orlando maker community as a member of FamiLAB, Orlando's Hackerspace, and as a founding organizer of Maker Faire Orlando. Ian blogs about his family's maker adventures at raisinggeeks.com.

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By Ian Cole

Ian is a founder of The Maker Effect Foundation, a non-profit group organized to study and amplify the effects of makers within their communities. Ian is very active in the Orlando maker community as a member of FamiLAB, Orlando's Hackerspace, and as a founding organizer of Maker Faire Orlando. Ian blogs about his family's maker adventures at raisinggeeks.com.

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Miami Mini Maker Faire returns for 2016 with a two day schedule, a new venue, a lineup of Makers from Florida and Cuba, and an exciting new music program!  The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st at the National YoungArts Foundation campus. The iconic campus will be packed full of awe-inspiring inventions, performances, and workshops by more than 150 local and regional innovators in science, technology, multi-disciplinary arts, education, and design.

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As part of improved relations with Cuba, 11 entrepreneurs from the acclaimed mixed-use creative space Fabrica de Arte Cubano, in Havana, Cuba, will be exhibiting at Miami Mini Maker Faire. The exhibits represent a diverse range of craftsmanship, from industrial design and architecture to graphic design, fashion design, and bronze sculpting. Fabrica de Arte Cubano co-founder X Alfonso — a classically trained musician and one of the pioneers of Cuba’s hip-hop and afro-rock scenes — will also play an evening concert at the Faire.

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Miami Mini Maker Faire tickets are on sale now. The Music Makers Showcase featuring X Alfonso and Afrobeta takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on February 20th. Tickets to the Music Makers Showcase are free.

I’ll be visiting the event on Saturday to see some of my favorite Florida Makers, and I’m very excited to meet the Makers from Cuba. One of my projects will be at the event — I wrote the code for Uncle Bo’s Beef Jerky dehydrator after we accidentally plugged it into a 3-phase outlet at Maker Faire Orlando last September (Oops!). Make sure you stop by to get some beef jerky — and to see the Arduino-controlled dehydrator!

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