Day One Highlights

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The first day of the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire was a resounding success, with many eager punters venturing to the Powerhouse Museum to see what was on offer.

Here we’ve put together some early pictures from the many great projects on the floor at this year’s Faire, but the best news is we get to do it all again today! Our Meet the Makers talks will be taking place at the King’s Cinema on Level 2 of the museum, the Sydney Origami Club will be once again running “Giant Origami for Kids” at 2pm, and  Thinkspace will be running another round of Minecraft Discovery Sessions. Of course there’s also all of our fabulous makers, who will be on the floor throughout the day to showcase their projects.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Workshop: Learn, Play and Invent with Weaver!

Meet Weaver, the social robot

Learn, Play and Invent with Weaver!

Weaver is a social robot that designed to engage children in science, arts and technology. With an array of sensors and a user-friendly interface any child can engage with Weaver to complete a string of challenging entertaining activities that foster creativity and logical thinking.

On both Saturday and Sunday of the Sydney Mini Maker Faire, the team at Weaver will be running a series of 30 minute workshops introducing Weaver and its functionality. Vistors can even control Weaver with their own smartphones and tablets!

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Workshop: Minecraft Discovery Sessions

Minecraft 100 at the Powerhouse Museum. Courtesy Thinkspace

Minecraft 100 at the Powerhouse Museum. Courtesy Thinkspace

Minecraft is one of the most popular video games on the planet, and has revolutionised the way people experience and think about gaming culture due to its unique distribution system. Though immensely popular with young people, Minecraft has spawned a vast community of players, modders and video bloggers all working together to uncover its secrets.

If you’ve never played Minecraft before, the team at Thinkspace are offering you the chance to try it out in these free, 1 hour sessions.

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Maker Talks: Maker 101 – Your Introduction to the Sydney Mini Maker Faire

Visitors to the 2013 Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Courtesy of Powerhouse Museum.

Visitors to the 2013 Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Courtesy of Powerhouse Museum.

To newcomers, the maker movement can be a daunting concept to wrap one’s head around. To start with, what is a “maker”? Are they the same as a hacker, or a tinkerer? Do they have to use technology? Aren’t we all makers in some form or another?

To start off the second Sydney Mini Maker Faire, 2014 Faire Coordinator Daniel Green and Peter Mahony, Manager of Learning and Technologies for the Powerhouse Museum will spend half an hour talking about their experience working together on the first Sydney Mini Maker Faire in 2013, and the wealth of experince that the Maker community has brought to their work.

For those looking for an inroad into a fascinating community, this informal chat will be a great place to start.

What: Maker 101 – Your Introduction to the Sydney Mini Maker Faire
Where: Target Theatre, Level 2, Powerhouse Museum
When: Saturday August 16, 10:30am

Maker Talks: Hands on Activities for Teachers and Parents

Irresistible Learning Logo FINAL (1)In this presentation, Joy Suliman from ElectroCraft and Irresistible Learning will share her best workshop activities, tips and tricks for hands-on, engaging, cost-effective, simple and fun experiences.

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Maker Talks: Meet the Makers – Sunday August 17

Knife Crimes (Samuel Bruce) performing at the 2013 Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

Knife Crimes (Samuel Bruce) performing at the 2013 Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

You’ve seen their projects, now Meet The Makers! Presented within the intimate setting of the Kings Cinema on Level 2 of the Powerhouse Museum, these 20-minute Maker Talks offer visitors a sneak peek at the projects and practices of some of our illustrious makers. Find the full list of makers presenting below:

What: Maker Talks: Meet The Makers
When: Sunday August 17, 10:30am – 4:30pm 
Where: Kings Cinema, Level 2, Powerhouse Museum

10:30 - The Health Benefits of Origami by Sydney Origami Club
11:00 - Elise Cameron-Smith
11:30 - Ro-buddy
12:00 - Hand i Pockets
12:30 - Veloscape v.6
1:00 - Cartesian Co.
1:30 - OpenROV
2:00 - Toydeath
2:30 - Three Farm
3:00 - CREATE UNSW
3:30 - Solidifier
4:00 - RoboDojo / Community Robotics

Download the program and map for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire

Gavin Smith from the Sydney makerspace Robots & Dinosaurs

Gavin Smith from the Sydney makerspace Robots & Dinosaurs

The program and map for the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire is now available for you to download as a PDF (229kb).

The map contains the complete list and locations of all stallholders, along with a program of talks,workshops, performances and other events taking place across the weekend.

Also included are highlights from the 2014 Sydney Design Festival, the parent event for this year’s Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

But of course, half of the fun of the Sydney Mini Maker Faire is discovering something new and unexpected. Be sure to stay up to date with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as we update you throughout the weekend with the latest goings on!

Download the Program and Map from the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire here.

Maker Talks: “Trends in Hardware Innovation” featuring Dave Jones from EEV Blog

Dave Jones from EEV Blog

Dave Jones from EEV Blog

Join Dave Jones (host of EEV Blog – the world’s largest and most popular engineering video blog) and Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin (CEO of startup incubator BlueChilli) for a unique “fireside” chat about the latest global trends in hardware innovation, and the implcations these might have for Australian makers and entrepreneurs.

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Meet the Maker: Solidifier

Solidifier's brand new base of operations on Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

Solidifier’s brand new base of operations on Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

Solidifer is Australia’s first makerspace for hardware startups, primarily focused on pro makers who are designing products with a view to launching on Kickstarter.

Solidifier has a very strong founding team and is rapidly expanding our membership of pro makers, including industrial designers, electronics engineers, software engineers, fabricators, crowdfunding experts, manufacturing and distribution experts – all based within their newly minted premises on Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

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Meet the Maker: thethirddimensionpopup

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Digital Safari by XYZ Workshop (Courtesy of thethirddimensionpopup)

thethirddimensionpopup is an opportunity to learn about the exciting world of 3D printing! See, touch and buy 3D printed designs by leading Australian and international designers. Every product in our stall is 3D printed and made from a range of materials including plastics, nylon, bronze, stainless steel, sterling silver and ceramics.
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