• By David Bakker
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On Saturday October 20th 2012 the first ever Mini Maker Faire of continental Europe will take place in Groningen, The Netherlands. This blogpost explains the why and how.

A hugely successful ‘trial-run’
What better way to show off energy, passion and creativity than a Maker Faire? This is exactly what a group of young Dutchmen thought. Not hindered by a big budget or other obligations, they made it happen. In just five weeks time the team organized a ‘tryout’ Maker Faire in 2011. With over 14 workshops, an art-technology exposition and an exciting scrapheap challenge they were ready for it. But how many people would turn up? An unexpectedly high number of 800 excited visitors ages 6-80 from all over The Netherlands absolutely loved the event and begged for more.

A real Groningen Mini Maker Faire on Saturday October 20th 2012
Groningen Mini Maker Faire (The Netherlands) will be the first official Mini Maker Faire of continental Europe. The same team who organised last year’s trial-run is preparing for an even bigger Mini Maker Faire. Far more workshops for kids and older kids, a bigger and even more exciting scrapheap challenge and more makers to meet, all guarantee that visitors will have lots to do at the Groningen Mini Maker Faire. This year we’re also adding a series of Maker Talks to the programme.

The Makers, Workshops and Expo
Some highlights include rocket-building workshops, a levitating model train running on liquid nitrogen, Jaguar converted to run on electricity, a giant cardboard soundsystem, an enormous FabLab area, cute offline ‘Facebook Likes’-collecting LikeJars, and soldering workshops will all be part of the Groningen Mini Maker Faire.

Do you want to show something at the Groningen Mini Maker Faire? A maker talk, a workshop or a booth? Let us know!

Festival information
The free to attend or join Groningen Mini Maker Faire on Saturday October 20th 2012, from 12:00-18:00 (or noon to six p.m. if you like your clocks in 12hr setting). Afterwards there will be a smallish party. We hope to welcome between a thousand and two thousand visitors, and invite you to be one of them! If you’d like to know more (location details, travel options etc), take a look at the English page on the Groningen Mini Maker Faire website.


Posted by: David Bakker | Thursday October 4th, 2012 3:22 PM

Bio: Organizer Groningen Mini Maker Faire, writer MacBoekje.nl, Wooden iPad Stands producer, TimeManagement.net trainer. 'infinite faith in technology and people'

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