Monthly Archives: August 2016

Day One of the 2016 Sydney Mini Maker Faire!


Visitors to the 2016 Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Photograph by Daniel Green.

A huge day was had by all in attendance at the Powerhouse Museum, as the first day of the 2016 Sydney Mini Maker Faire rolled in. Excited punters packed the first and second floors of the museum, seeing what this year’s batch of makers had on offer.

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Talks: XBox One and Raspberry Pi with Microsoft

XBox One – The Dev Kit in your Lounge Room
Presented by Vaughan Knight, Microsoft Technical Evangelism Lead
Theatrette:  12-1pm
Join Microsoft for an app development session about XBox One, and how to build, deploy, and have some fun building apps and games for XBox One.  We will look at how anyone can get started, and the variety of things you can do right at home, in your lounge room, with your XBox One set up as a DevKit.

Windows IoT Core & Raspberry Pi for Makers and App Developers
Presented by Dave Glover, Microsoft Developer Evangelist
ThinkSpace:  1-2pm
Join Microsoft evangelists for an engaging app development session about 10 IoT Core running on Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.  Learn about Windows IoT Core security, development, tools, speech synthesis and recognition, Arduino integration, and Alljoyn support through demos and opportunities to ask questions to Microsoft experts.

Workshop: Introduction to 3D Printing with Modfab


Throughout the Sydney Mini Maker Faire Modfab will be running workshops introducing you to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and how to make those ideas come to life with 3D Printing!

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Download the program and map for the 2016 Sydney Mini Maker Faire!


Create UNSW at the 2015 Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Photograph by Janson Hews.

The program and map for the 2016 Sydney Mini Maker Faire is here, and is ready for you to download as a PDF!

The map contains the complete list and locations of all stallholders, along with the program of talks and workshops to help you plan your visit over the weekend. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: LittleBird Electronics


The Little Bird Company is run by Madeleine (who goes by Maddy) with help from Marcus Schappi.

The company got started when Marcus was studying Design Science at Sydney University in 2006. At the time it was hard for lecturers and students to purchase quality electronics at reasonable prices and Little Bird Electronics was born out of this frustration! Continue reading

Talk: Gavin Smith shows you “How To Make Anything”.

Gavin Smith from the Sydney makerspace Robots & Dinosaurs

Gavin Smith from the Sydney makerspace Robots & Dinosaurs.

Gavin Smith is a robotics engineer that helps run the Robots and Dinosaurs Makerspace in Sydney, and in his spare time is restoring an Electron Microscope. Because he can.

If you’re not aware, we’re living in the <future>. In the last few years new methods of making things have become available for everybody. In this talk, modestly titled “How to Make Anything”, Gavin will talk about using lasers, molten glass, glowing lights and robots that make things, and above all how to get started. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Australian Electric Vehicle Association


The Australian Electric Vehicle Association Inc. (AEVA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1973, comprising of individuals and organisations with an interest in Electric Vehicles (EVs) and electric vehicle technology. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: 3D Printed Mini Industrial Robots


Technology Education is an Australian Company, that produces a range of Education Project packages, suitable for Secondary, Vocational and Tertiary Students. Continue reading

Meet the Maker: Robots and Dinosaurs


Robots and Dinosaurs at the 2015 Sydney Mini Maker Faire. Photograph courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

Robots and Dinosaurs is Sydney’s oldest makerspace: a communal space where geeks and artists brainstorm ideas, play games, work on collaborative projects, and share the cost of some great tools. Continue reading

Maker Profile: Bilby 3D

bilby01_FinderFrontOn2Bilby 3D are the Australian experts in 3D desktop printers, scanners and routers. They have sold thousands of printers as well as serviced hundreds of machines.

Chris and Lee Bilby are the founders of Bilby 3D, who started by making 3D printers in their garage. They thought it likely they weren’t the only ones and started to import filament as well as parts for the assembly and maintenance of printers. As it turns out, there were a lot more hackers out there than they thought! This evolved into Bilby 3D, who now have retail stores and 3D printer service centres in Sydney and Brisbane.

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