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Futurist Inventors to Converge in Vancouver

More than 1,000 futurists from around the globe will meet in Vancouver this July (8-10) to discuss sustainability, technology, entrepreneurship, and the quickly changing future of the human race at WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society.



In addition, WorldFuture 2011 will feature the first ever Futurists: BetaLaunch (F:BL) a technology and innovation “petting zoo” where participants can get up close and personal with new start ups and inventions that could change the way we live. Registration is open to the public. (


“This year, we had over 60 excellent submissions for Futurists: BetaLaunch and could accept a handful of entries,” said Lisa Donchak, Google associate and one of the F:BL judges. “We were surprised and impressed by the quality of each submission.… We hope WorldFuture 2011 attendees enjoy getting up close and personal with the final selections. We’ll be exhibiting a phenomenal range of inventions, big and small,” she said in a taped segment, available on the Futurists: BetaLaunch Web site.




Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc. will speak at the WorldFuture 2011, the annual conference of the World Future Society to be held in Vancouver from July 8-10th. Dougherty helped found O’Reilly Media, Inc. with Tim O’Reilly. Dougherty was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers. “MAKE Magazine brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. We celebrate your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will,” according to the company’s Web site.



Dale Dougherty on TED:



Etalim Inc.




Etalim Inc., a startup company in Vancouver, Canada, is developing a totally new type of device that can generate electricity from any fuel or heat source (including sunlight, gas or biomass) with extraordinary efficiency, simplicity and reliability.  Imagine a small “engine”, the size of a soccer ball, that operates at 50% efficiency, can be manufactured for $0.20 per Watt and can run maintenance-free forever.  This technology will be highly disruptive to several markets including residential cogeneration and large-scale solar power. The scientists and engineers behind Etalim come from one of BC’s most successful tech stalwarts, Creo Inc. Etalim’s technology stems from some recent advances in thermoacoustic physics at Los Alamo

Contact: Ron



SeaSteading Institute, one of the BetaWatch entries.


“The Seasteading Institute was founded in 2008 by Patri Friedman, grandson of economist Milton Friedman. We have received wide media coverage, including stories by CBS Sunday Morning, the UK’s Sunday Times, Wired magazine, and many more. As of December 2010, we have raised over $1,000,000, with funding led by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and first investor in Facebook.

Our mission is to further the long-term growth of the seasteading movement. Our current focus is on enabling the success of the first seasteads by researching the critical engineering, legal, and business problems, increasing public awareness, and building a core seasteading community.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.”



Maker Faire Success!


Learn more about how the whole process of hosting the event unfolded on


Mini Maker Faire Vancouver Speaker Series Brought to you by Gen Why




The Gen Why Media Project is a community building project that seeks to use DIY ethics to adjust, annotate, and reimagine civic engagment in order to shape the direction of our city, province, country and planet. Our interest in Maker Cutlure lies in the ethos of building, modifying, or repairing of something without the aid of experts or professionals, offering an alternative to modern consumer culture’s emphasis on relying on others to satisfy needs. We believe that an ordinary person can learn to do more than he or she thought was possible – thus empowering individuals and communities to employ alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles to achieving their objectives.


Gen Why is hosting the speaker series at Maker Faire as a way of championing the average individual seeking knowledge and expertise for him/herself. Gen Why is also leading the building of a public art piece entitled “REGENERATE” that brings progressive community groups together to collaborate on a sculpture made from recycled/re-used/repurposed materials and greenery. As a collaboration between eatART, Makerfaire, Gen Why, Vancouver Community Lab and Vancouver Design Nerds the project envisions a large scale, text-based mural to spell the word “regenerate” – inspiring the re-imagination of energy, makers, refuse and public art. The project will reflect on the Great Northern Way site; its history, ecology, its cultural context within the city and the site’s past and present conditions.



Don’t miss out! Check out the full speaker series here





A Preview of Workshops at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Many of our exhibitors will have workshops and demonstrations available at their tables. Some will be going all day, and others will have times in place. This list is just the very beginning of what you’ll see at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!





Science World at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!





The Bright Red Crayon‘s Wacky Windmills

Zee & Luke will be combining efforts to bring Dynamic wind-driven sculptures based out of recyclable and reusable materials. Both artists have cherished groundings in this “something out of nothing” concept and are stoked about sharing this craft with the children and adults of Vancouver community. They hope to inspire children of all ages to look at everyday items as art materials and encourage them to explore the connection between the things we make and nature.





(Images: via Bright Red Crayon)



Plush on Main:  Bottle Cap Pendants and Magnets

Plush is a charming little boutique and worskspace committed to supporting the incredible artisans who are our neighbours. Plush’s dedication to the local craft scene grew naturally out of our own passion for making stuff.  You can join in the creative magic by attending one of Plush’s crafting workshops, hosted by a rotating cast of Vancouver craft scene personalities, or by taking home one of our craft kits designed to help you flex your creative muscles.






Build Your Own Paper Kit with Karl Brown




Made of sustainable/ recyclable materials (wood, paper, rubber band, re-useable plastic propeller), this little flying model will take less than 1 hour to construct. This complete kit is assembled using safety-razors and non-toxic (water based) glue. Expert, experienced instruction and assistance will be provided to insure that each airplane is a flying success. The airplane measures just over 12″ (30cm) from wingtip to wingtip and is suitable for flying outdoors on non- windy days (but don’t let it get wet !) Fascinating, educational and fun! Some take-home kits will be available.




(images: via Melissa Mewdella)



Make a Mighty Ugly Creature with Kim Werker!
(10 am-1 pm)

There’s so much pressure to create things that are GOOD or PRETTY! But sometimes it’s useful or fun or challenging to flip that around and make something UGLY. Bet you’ve never set out to do that before! Mighty Ugly is a project – online and in person – that goes like this: 1) Make an ugly creature. 2) Take photos. 3) Talk about it. It might make you feel great and it might make you feel sick, but I guarantee you’ll be glad you did it. Mighty Ugly is run by author, editor, crafter and speaker Kim Werker. Learn more about the project and share your experiences at



Raul Granucci: Lampwork Workshop: Making glass beads from a mobile station (Marbles)


Glass is a facinating and alluring craft and the exhibit will be spent doing live glass demos and creating custom peices for our patrons from but not limited to beads, marbles, pendents, do higgys. I keep little if any of my work because I feel passing and sharing art holds greater value. Lamp working, torch working is what one can classify the work I do.




Image: Union of Youth



Draw By Night: The Uncollectables.


New and used toys have escaped attics, warehouses and sandpits in search for a life beyond enslavement. They are no longer children’s play things and have come to the DBN Tattoo Table to celebrate their new-found freedom. We will be drawing on toys, paper-dolls, ping pong balls, and maybe each other??!!


Come hang out and draw on things! Any toy donations would be much appreciated as well.


Please note that if you want to draw on a munny, submit drawing samples to the Draw By Night twitter page (@drawbynight) to qualify. There are only so many, so they will go fast.


Draw By Night #11 Font Lickers from Ryan Smith on Vimeo.




Rachel Ashe: Altered Book Workshops

For Maker Faire, Rachael will be displaying some of her recent altered book artwork made from old books and recycled materials. She will also be demonstrating some of the techniques she uses to make her book art, as well as paper cuts, and exploring making sculpture from the reclaimed cardboard of toilet paper rolls.




There will also be knitting workshops, arduino workshops, Learn To Solder, circuit bending, knot tying and more! Come out and experience the fun!


There will also be Maker Bots, RepRaps, EBikes, and more!