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Maker Show + Tell at the Rio Tuesday, September 24th

The Vancouver Maker Foundation is pleased to present Maker Show + Tell, an intimate and interactive evening featuring select speakers, their stories, live music, an interactive Q&A and more! Whether you’re already a part of Vancouver’s Maker community or are looking to learn more about it, join us for a fun and memorable evening that’s sure to leave you inspired.
Tuesday, September 24
Doors at 7:00
Music/Speakers start at 7:30
Tickets $10 advance or $12 at the door
19+ w/ bar service

Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra
Brian Archer
Bilingual Intelligence Test
Brian Archer2
Brian Archer is an artist, philosopher and an ESL tutor who is is creating a wordless diagram/cartoon of human language. Turning research on a correlation between bilingualism and intelligence on its head, he has made a ‘bilingual intelligence test’. Brian is intending to bring this work to Maker Faire 2014.
John Beiler
3d Printing
John is a well-known Vancouver-based photographer, blogger, gadget geek, mobile phone nerd, teacher, traveler, 3D printer builder/operator, maker & all around curious person. He co-founded, an club of 3D printing enthusiasts who meet monthly and help share their knowledge of 3D printing at many events. When he’s not speaking at conferences including SXSW Interactive, Northern Voice and BarCamp, Biehler is a regular contributor to, the DottoTech radio show, the Province newspaper, London Drugs’ blog as well as the weekly Tech Tuesday segment on News 1130 radio. He’s currently writing his first book (about 3D printing) that will be published in 2014 by Pearson.
Reilly Yeo
Reilly Yeo is the Managing Director of Reilly is an organizer, facilitator and writer with ten years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. She joined in 2009 with a diverse professional and academic background including work with Amnesty International, The Walrus magazine and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She led the organizing team for the first Vancouver ChangeCamp (an unconference on open government and participatory politics) and spent two years facilitating national in-person and online dialogues to rethink foreign policy through the SFU Centre for Dialogue. Reilly has MAs in Comparative Politics (McGill) and English Literature (UBC). She is a specialist in communications on complex issues.
Bunny Glue (aka Anna Bernhardt)
100 Blue Faces Painting Project
Anna Bernhardt
Bunny Glue (aka Anna Bernhardt) is a Vancouver-based artist, maker, and consultant. She has launched a Kickstarter Canada project, 100 Blue Faces, using the popular crowd funding platform to find homes for 100 Blue Faces, painted in acrylic on 12 inch square canvases. Find out why she is giving away half of the paintings free at
Victoria Gibson
Integrated Installation
Victoria Gibson
Victoria Gibson is an Integrated Media Artist blending sound + light + motion to create amazing art experiences. Creating magic using advanced techniques to spark curiosity and involve audiences with interactive gesture controls. She makes complex and experimental works that emerge from the nexus of art and technology, but remain accessible and fun. Based in Vancouver, Victoria has shown work internationally. Previous exhibits of Bandwidth, EMPAC Arts Center, Troy, NY; Guelph Jazz Festival Nuit Blanche, Lumen Festival, Staten Island, NY and the Mini Maker Faire, Vancouver.

Adam Barlev
Helix Installation (Burning Man)
Adam Barlev
Adam Barlev is a scientist, mathematician, hacker and burner. Born in the rich culture of the San Francisco Bay Area and influenced by the desert arts, Adam is one of the founding members of the Symmetry Group molecular origami design collective. In his day job as a PHD student at the SFU Chemistry Department, he shoots lasers at radioactive DNA.


Call for Speakers: Maker Show + Tell at the Rio is happening September 24


Do you make something that groundbreaking that you want to share with the world? Or, maybe you tried to make something and failed miserably. No matter what the outcome, we want to hear your stories. This coming September 24th, Maker Foundation is partnering with the Rio to put on a Maker show and tell so that Makers can share the stories behind the things that we make. If you are interested in getting involved, apply now (the 24th is in just a couple of weeks!)




We’re also looking for food vendors, musicians, jugglers, or anyone else that wants to share their skills!


VIVO Youth Courses This Summer



Want to put your kids in a week-long, educational (and fun!) course this summer? VIVO is hosting 2 workshops in early August including a media-oriented, documentary film-making series, Video Revolution! Making your message  and a Hacking the Home, Creative Electronics event. There are scholarships available to those that demonstrate a financial need. Registration info below:


Basic details:

  • More info on ‘Video Revolution! Making your message’ here.  Register via Eventbrite. To apply for a scholarship, download this form.
  • More information on Hacking the Home workshop available here. Here‘s the registration link and scholarship form available for download here.
  • Ages 13-18 welcome


For more information or to ask questions, email Emily at education(at)


Vancouver Maker Foundation connects Educators, Librarians, Makers and Enthusiasts

In line with the Vancouver Maker Foundation‘s mission to build a strong and vibrant community of makers in our city, we hosted a meet-up last Thursday the 9th- to connect families, leaders, educators, mentors and organizations in order to start a dialogue around the impact of integrating more of the Maker Ethos at the level of education and community programming.
The event was a great success! We have decided to turn this into a monthly thing. If you are interested in coming to future meet-ups, please sign up to our Meet-up group. A big thanks to Mozilla, who sponsored the evening, and future meet-ups to come!