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
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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!




Maker Education Meet-up on Thursday, May 9th

“Maker Faire exemplifies the best coming together of creativity and science. As a teacher I feel it is not only important to convey theories, laws, and equations to my students, but also give them a sense of what can be achieved by the power of these scientific ideas that they can relate to in their day-to-day lives.” —Thanh-Lam N., high school science teacher, San Jose, Calif.

The Maker Education Initiative is going strong in the US where the mission is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts – and learning as a whole.
In line with our mission to build a strong and vibrant community of makers in our city, Maker Foundation will be hosting a meet-up on Thursday, May 9th from 7-9pm at Mozilla (163 W Hastings St, 2nd Floor) to connect families, leaders, educators, mentors and organizations in order to start a dialogue around young makers in our communities – in a meet-up style format. Interested in coming out? Please RSVP ASAP!
Here are some ideas that are gaining headway:

  • Maker Media has put together a really great playbook on how to start makerspaces in schools.
  • Planning a Young Makers Program to start in September. This would mean pairing up youth with Maker mentors to build projects for next year’s Maker Faire.
  • The Maker Mobile is a mobile workshop space that will be at Maker Faire this year. They are looking for volunteers to help out and for funding.
  • If you’re interested in getting involved or starting a community initiative for young makers, maker education or maker spaces in the city, please bring your ideas forward.

What we hope to Achieve:

  • To connect and inspire a new community of individuals in Vancouver interested in jumpstarting this initiative.
  • To kickstart the Maker Education Initiative in Vancouver so that Vancouver can be a hub for maker-oriented curriculum and maker spaces in the city
  • Eat pizza and have fun!
  • So, bring your thinking cap and a stack of business cards and let’s start the conversation.

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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is Looking for Organizers!

Are you a people person? Are you passionate about grassroots movements, Maker Culture and DIY? Do you have any experience organizing and co-ordinating large groups of people? (Anywhere from 30-200)? If so, we want to hear from you!

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is gearing up for 2013 and we are looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator, Programming Co-ordinator and Performer Co-ordinator. If you are interested in any of these roles, please submit a resume and coverletter to titled, “I want to help Organize Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!”

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Got Craft? at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire


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New for 2013: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is teaming up with Got Craft? to create a specially curated crafting section at the event.

What is Got Craft?

Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture by supporting like-minded events such as DIY @ Museum of Vancouver, the Austin, TX and Vancouver Premiere of Handmade Nation, Swap-O-Rama-Rama 2009 and 2010, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and the Sweetie Pie Press 2011 Summer Craft Tour. We wanted to curate a boutique event to showcase some of our favourite handmade artists and provide Vancouver the opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods and meet the makers in person to talk about their creative processes.

Want to participate in this opportunity?

Don’t delay, apply now.

March 25th Marks the Deadline for Call For Makers Applications


Calling all tech-tinkerers, crafters, performers, giant robots, musicians and beyond! The deadline for our Call For Makers is quickly approaching, and will be closing on March 25th. Have a project to share? Don’t delay, sign up now. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is a community-run event aimed at bringing together Makers, Doers, and Creatives for a weekend of sharing knowledge, inspiring each other, exhibiting projects, and community building. It showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers – anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.



Calling all teen crafters, knitters, crocheters and seamsters!

Submissions from VMMF Yarn Party

A few weeks before Maker Faire 2012, we received a large shipment of wool from Granted clothing. We decided to pass out free wool to anyone that wanted to knit something awesome. Scroll down to check out some of the submissions!

A felted table covering:

A hand knit toque:

Finger warmers!

A kayak cozy!

A creative wall hanging:

A poof!



To see even more photos of submissions, check out our yarn party group on flickr.