This Weekend: Ottawa Mini Maker Faire

This Weekend: Ottawa Mini Maker Faire

This weekend Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 Artengine and the Canada Science and Technology Museum host the third Ottawa Mini Maker Faire.

The fair will highlight innovation from all over Ontario and Quebec. There will be at least 50 maker exhibits and an estimated 3,000 participants – and the spaces inside and outside the museum will be buzzing with the excitement of making. Here some of the exhibits on tap:

Screen Shot 2013-08-29 at 5.31.53 PMViolin maker Olivia Pelling of Fine Strings will be demonstrating her project “Bird Songs” in collaboration with Andrew Pelling. The project consists of a violin with sensors that measure the average frequency of notes being played in real time, which tweets links to the songs of endangered Canadian birds with similar frequencies.

What could be more Canadian than a machine designed to carve your name into a hockey puck? Rich Loen will be showing off his Puck Mill, a small CNC router designed specifically for carving names into hockey pucks. Bring a puck and get your name carved on it.


The Firefly project is a collaborative project between Mark Stephenson, Michael Grant, and Darcy Whyte. Together they have backgrounds in art, design, technology, web and engineering. Through their shared interest in making and hacking technology, and a fascination in social interactions, they’ve come together to create an open source wearable pendant called Firefly.

See all this and more Saturday AND Sunday at the fair.

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Remco Volmer

Remco Volmer is the Program and Development Manager at Artengine, an artists/technologists collective that among other things, produces the Ottawa Mini Maker Faire.

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