An Aussie Maker Faire

An Aussie Maker Faire

Austrailia’s very first Maker Faire is happening next Saturday, January 14th, at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Mini Maker Faire is being organized by Paul Szymkowiak, Andy Gelme, and the members of Melbourne’s Connected Community Hackerspace.  CCH is a not-for-profit association of hardware hobbyists and software programmers. They have a variety of digital fabrication tools and meet regularly out of a garage.  A number of them, like Jon Oxer and Marc Alexander from, will be individual makers at the Faire.

Who else will be showing and sharing?  The CCH’s Maker Faire blogroll is brimming with recent profiles of participating makers, like Malcolm Faed, Peter Barratt, Maria Meza, and Andee Napiorkowski.  CCH is  planning on around 30 makers, and are still open to accepting some last-minute entries.

MAKE contributor and noise maker Brian McNamara

MAKE will be there too…  Author Brian McNamara will be crewing the MAKE table, and showing off some of his great musical instrument projects. 

NOTE:  We are looking for more Melbourne makers who might have a completed MAKE magazine project to show who would be game to help Brian at the MAKE table.  Leave a comment below and we’ll ping you back!

If you just want to attend, tickets are free of charge—however they need you to register online in advance as numbers are strictly limited.

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Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire's global licensing program for locally and independently produced Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.

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