Day One of Miami Mini Maker Faire 2016

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Day One of Miami Mini Maker Faire 2016

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Day one of Miami Mini Faire 2016 was filled with the exciting sights and sounds of makers from South Florida and Latin America. I was especially interested to see the exhibits from Fabrica de Arte Cubano (F.A.C)- a creative space in Havana, Cuba, and I was impressed with their display. The F.A.C. makers had a wide array of techniques and products on display, including some creative uses of reclaimed and recycled materials. The exhibit space was created at Miami Industrial Arts from shipping palettes – it was simple, yet elegant, and I’m already thinking of how to use this concept at our local Maker Faire.

 

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Cuba clearly has a great maker community – and with the improving U.S. & Cuban relationship, I’m excited for the future possibility of a Maker Faire in Havana!

 

I love to discover and talk to makers that are displaying their work for the first time –  and I loved chatting with Roger Maxfield Jr. – this is his first time exhibiting his work, but you would never guess from the size, scope, and presentation of his work.

Maker Faire highlights the community-building organizations and spaces in that city, and I was very impressed by Moonlighter – a new collaborative space in Miami. Not only did they have an impressive art installation made from PVC pipe, but there were a number of makers that work out of the space presenting their work, and speaking very positively about how a community space enabled them to grow as makers.

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Miami Mini Maker Faire also had many of the Maker Faire standards, such as Learn to Solder, FIRST Robotics, and more – and this year added a stage with a concert!

 

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I enjoyed watching “Uncle Bo” show off the Arduino-controlled dehydrator we’ve been building since we accidentally applied three phase power (not good!) to it at Maker Faire Orlando.

 

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And even though I keep saying I own too many event t-shirts, I couldn’t resist these adorable Miami Mini Maker Faire t-shirts.

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Huge kudos to the Miami Mini Maker Faire organizers – Day one was a lot of fun – and I’m sure day two will be just as exciting. I hope to see you there!

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Ian is a co-founder of The Maker Effect Foundation, a non-profit group organized to amplify the effects of makers within their communities. The Maker Effect Foundation's programs include Maker Faire Orlando, and MakerFX makerspace in Orlando. Ian is also a board member of Nation of Makers, and a member of FamiLAB, Orlando's Hackerspace.

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