Meet our Sponsor: Microsoft

Logo MicroVancouver Mini Maker Faire would not be possible if it wasn’t for the help of our wonderful Sponsors. Our Sponsors are people who are just as passionate about the Maker movement as we are so it was fun to talk with Sergii of Microsoft about what they like about the Maker movement, Maker Faire and the awesome exhibit they are planning.

We’re so happy to have you on board this year as a Sponsor. What is it about Maker Faire that draws your organization?
Traditionally Maker Faire is a gathering of innovators, hobbyists and researchers, who have great potential and ability to realize it. The mission of Microsoft is to help people realize their potential. That’s why Maker Faire is a great place for us to help people find more ways to create something new that can change the world.

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Interview with Barbara Borchardt of ILiveInEastVan

LinkedInPhoto2011Barbara Borchardt is the creator of ILiveInEastVan, a blog that highlights the art, food, culture, and community of East Vancouver. As a fan of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, we asked Barbara to partner with us as a Blog Ambassador and she is writing about the awesome Maker community that surrounds our home grounds, the PNE Forum.

Your write about East Van in your blog ILiveInEastVan. What inspires you about this project?
I grew up in East Vancouver and love the culture, community and diversity within this area. I tried on a few different areas of the Lower Mainland in my early 20s, but didn’t find the same sense of community living in other areas. East Van has been considered to be more ‘working class’ and I  have over the years found myself defending East Van as a choice of where to live. I think East Van has so much to offer and is an evolving area. I enjoy showcasing all the things that make it a great place to live and work.

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Meet our Sponsor: Safe Software

safe-software-logoVancouver Mini Maker Faire would not be possible if it wasn’t for the help of our wonderful Sponsors. Our Sponsors are people who are just as passionate about the Maker movement as we are so it was fun to talk with Tianna of Safe Software about what they love about the Maker movement.

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We’re so happy to have you on board this year as a Sponsor. What is it about Maker Faire that draws your organization?

Thank you, we’re always happy to be a part of it! We’re big on innovation at Safe Software and feel that creativity is an important muscle to exercise. Maker Faire is our favourite place to see how people showcase their skills and talents. It’s amazing how creativity can be applied to so many different areas of life. We enjoy this annual opportunity to encourage creativity in the community, and to help engage the next generation of innovators.
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Meet Your Makers: Heike Kapp, Found-Object Sculptor

Maker Heike Kapp is an artist of the truest sense. If you have been to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in the past, you might remember her amazing glass marbles. Since then, Heike has shifted focus to her found-object sculptures that incorporate driftwood, photo transfers, flameworked glass and wire-work into what she calls Sea Creatures.  We spoke with Heike about her shift in project, her creative process and how she stays inspired as a Maker.

Photo Credit: Joshua McVeity

Photo Credit: Joshua McVeity

Have you always been a Maker?
I feel I was born a maker. My parents were makers before that was even a term, so I think it’s in my blood. My earliest memory is making a water wheel with my Opa, in the Bavarian Alps, with his trusty Swiss Army knife (which I still own).

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