The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, California, and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Paris, Detroit, Kansas City, and Trondheim, Norway, are the home of “featured” 2014 Maker Faires (200+ makers). Community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Vancouver.
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is truly a collaborative and community-driven event. It was founded in 2011 by individuals from various hobbyiest groups in Vancouver like Vancouver Hack Space (VHS), who had a strong desire to share ideas, learn from others, and celebrate the act of making. As opposed to a “World Maker Faire,” this event is run by local Vancouverites. Mini does not necessarily mean small; it’s simply the term used to differentiate it from the World Maker Faires that involve Makers from a wide geographical area.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The maker community is expanding, diverse, and inclusive. We welcome a broad range of ideas and projects – everything from collaborative and fun on-site activities like cardboard box making, to feats of engineering, robotics and crafting. It’s all about experimenting, playing and sharing in order to have fun, learn, and discover new possibilities.
More Maker Faire photos located on my flickr page.
Role: Co-Founder (2011), Lead organizer (2011-2012), Co-Founder of Vancouver Maker Foundation (2012) Board member (2013-2014)