Maker Faire 101 – Get Answers to your questions

Not sure about being a Maker and want some encouragement or more information? Thinking about volunteering? Want to find out what exactly Maker Faire is all about? We’ve got just the thing for you!

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Maker Faire 101: A Free Evening of Info & Socializing

Maker Faire 101 is an evening of meeting and greeting, asking and answering, showing and telling. Come out and meet some Makers and see their projects (a mini mini mini Maker Faire, if you will). Find out from the organizers what it takes to participate as a Maker or volunteer. Have some snacks and beverages. Also see a demonstration of a robot that makes custom pancakes!

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When: Saturday, February 20th, at 4:00pm
Location: MakerLabs, 780 East Cordova, Vancouver (map)
RSVP: This is a free event, but capacity is limited. Please RSVP

See you there!

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Invitation to Sponsor VMMF 2016

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Want to get involved with something really cool? Sponsor the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, a festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement!

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We’re entering our sixth year, and the 2016 show is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever! Our production team is hard at work putting together a slew of new activities and exhibits for the fair, and we’re really excited about what’s coming down the pipe. We couldn’t have made it this far without the generous support of our sponsors over the last five years, though -sponsor support is invaluable to our organization!

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The growth planned for the 2016 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire means lots of opportunities for new partnerships with businesses that are looking for creative and exciting ways to get involved with Vancouver’s Maker community. Our event hosts more than 125 artists, artists, tinkerers, performers, inventors, crafters, and other Makers, and in 2015 had an attendance of more than 3500 spectators. VMMF is a great way to strengthen your brand and engage with thousands of creative and open-minded individuals. We’ve got a range of sponsorship levels available, and are happy to tailor something to meet your organization’s needs.

Check out our sponsorship package for more detailed information:

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If your organization would like to participate in this year’s event as a sponsor, we have a number of opportunities available. Please get in touch with us for more information at sponsorship@makerfaire.ca, or skip right to our sponsorship form here. We’d love to hear from you!

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Check out this video about why sponsors value being part of Maker Faire:

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Check out the VMMF 2015 Silent Auction!

We have generous Makers! Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is hosting a silent auction this year to raise funds for the Faire and for The Vancouver Maker Foundation, the umbrella organization that puts on the Faire every year, and our exhibitors have donated some truly stellar items for attendees to bid on all weekend.

MakerMobile 1MakerMobile, a travelling classroom, hackspace, workshop, art studio and laboratory, has donated a fabulous MakerMobile Birthday Party, entitling up to 8 participants (age 8+) to a two hour guided adventure inspired by Maker culture. The MakerMobile will arrive chez-vous with exciting content, talented instructors and all necessary supplies. All you have to provide is a power outlet!

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Meet Your Makers: Anderson Prototypes

002Jim of Anderson Prototypes has been exhibiting at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire for the past three years. He can build almost anything with his CNC milling machines and you’ll get to see that at his exhibit. It takes a truck with a crane just to get these massive machines to the PNE Forum, but he loves the Maker community.

What do you Make?
I am a creator of fine crafted and machined components and assemblies, as well as as custom machinery.

What are you exhibiting at this year’s Faire?
I am having a live CNC Milling Demonstration. Using 2 industrial quality CNC milling machines that were taken right off my businesses floor. We will be cutting wood products, so we don’t have to worry about the safety issues with milling steel, and the hot chips it produces.

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Every year, I hear that you have to bring in a truck with a crane to transport your CNC milling machines to the PNE. What is a CNC milling machine and how does it work?
True, I have a HIAB crane-truck that transports these machines. Milling machines are tools designed to machine metal, wood, and other materials. With the use of a CNC (computor numerical control) control the machine can dynamically move the cutting tool and the work, to create a unique feature, and then do it repeatedly if desired. Programmed in a machine code language, the machine gets orders in short sentence instructions. This program might have 50,000 individual instructions for the machine to perform in one program, and possibly 100s of programs to run in a specific order and with specific tools to accomplish a finish part. Its almost limitless what you can create with these CNC machines.
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