Maker Faire Memories: Remembering the 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire

Sydney Origami at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Sydney Origami at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the second Sydney Mini Maker Faire. As we get preparations underway for this year’s Faire, we’re taking some time to look back at last year’s event, and to thank some of the excellent people who helped make it happen.

The 2014 Sydney Mini Maker Faire saw over 5,800 people come through the doors of the Powerhouse Museum, at times with queues stretching around the museum and through some ordinary weather.

This did nothing to dampen spirits* however, as excited visitors stretched through all four floors of the museum to explore the diverse range of stalls, talks, panels, and workshops on offer over both days. It was inspiring to see the museum alive with such activity; wherever you turned there was always something new to see, or makers talking to visitors about their work. It felt like a true celebration of the community; one that we look forward to building upon for many years to come.

Solidifier at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Solidifier at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

We thank those young and old who came to Mini Maker Faire for the first time, and of course all of those who returned from 2013 and brought their friends and family to share in the excitement. We also thank the many people at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences who work behind the scenes to ensure the weekend runs as smoothly as possible – such as the Venue Management, Programs, Exhibitions, A/V Services, and Security Teams. Not least of all our awesome MAAS Volunteers, who give their time to provide our visitors with the best experience possible.

And of course, we would be nothing without our community of makers – without whom none of this would be possible. Their expertise, ingenuity and enthusiasm was what the people came to see, and it’s humbling to see such a vibrant community continue to support the Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

And now, on to 2015! We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store on August 15 & 16 – this year as part of the inaugural Sydney Science Festival. We’ll be in touch very soon to let you all know how you can be involved in this year’s Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

See you soon,
Team MMFSYD

*Sorry about the pun, couldn’t be helped.

Irresistible Learning & Littlebird Electronics at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Daniel Green.

Irresistible Learning & Littlebird Electronics at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Daniel Green.

Weaver at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Weaver at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Planet Make It! at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Daniel Green.

Planet Make It! at Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015. Photo courtesy of Daniel Green.

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