Micromouse robot building contest

Today we’re featuring a fun robot building contest hosted by Dan Royer of MarginallyClever.com. Dan is a lifelong maker and robot builder that has been to (and presented at) every Maker Faire in Vancouver as well as quite a few of the international ones. He’s famous for his Makelangelo drawing robot among other robot creations he demonstrates at his booth.

At this year’s Faire, the Micro mouse robot contest will award cash prizes for the top three fastest robots that can solve the giant maze. You can build your robot using just about anything you want and you can form a team to collaborate on a robot build.

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Please note that you will need to build your own robot (following the rules linked below) BEFORE the event in June. You’ll then race your robot at Maker Faire.

Entries will be accepted until June 7th and the Faire is on June 11th & 12th. There is no entry fee but you will be required to gain admission to the Maker Faire yourself (robots get in free!).

Watch this brief video clip to see what kind of robots compete in this challenge:

Head over to the contest page for the full details on the robot competition and to register. Start building!

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Anderson Prototypes #MakerMonday

Meet Jim Anderson who runs Anderson Prototypes.

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Jim is a returning maker to this year’s faire and always brings an exciting collection of tools and machines from his shop in Port Moody. A long time machinist, Jim branched out on his own about nine years ago helping individuals and companies realize their ideas using his wide array of skills and tools.

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If you can dream it, Jim can help you make it a reality. A self described ‘possibility generator’ (which is an awesome title for what he does), Jim’s work for his clients have covered the gamut from specialized hand tools, movie props, metal stays for bustiers, signage, and hundreds of other items even including a custom wheelchair for a dog that lost his legs. This variety helps Jim keep his creative juices flowing to bring his ideas and wealth of knowledge to his client’s projects.

He’s planning on bringing more machines this year for his biggest booth yet which will be operating throughout the weekend event.

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In addition to showing how his CNC mill can quickly mill out a hands in wood for attendees, Jim will also be showcasing a number of different manufacturing methods using the other machines on display in his booth.

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He’s also got a few interesting giveaways planned for the faire so make sure you stop by and get the scoop from Jim directly this June!

Check out Jim’s website for more examples of the projects he works on.

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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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