Maker Town Hall

Thinking about participating for the first time at this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire? Not sure if what you do makes you a Maker, or if anybody else would be interested in your project? Maybe you’ve participated at a past VMMF but have some questions that need answering before you do it again.

 

Then the Maker Town Hall is for you!

 

Join us for an evening of presentations, Q&As, socializing & meeting of fellow makers. Get your curiosity piqued, questions answered, and enthusiasm pumped.

 

Date: Saturday March 1, 2014
Time: Doors at 7:30pm, event from 8:00-10:30pm
Location: One Thousand Rivers, 54 E. 4th Ave., Vancouver
Cost: The Maker Town Hall is free but due to limited space pre-registration is strongly suggested.

 

*Please note: The Maker Town Hall is intended for people new to participating in a Mini Maker Faire, or past participants who are uncertain about their involvement this year. We will be having another event in a couple of months for veteran VMMF Makers who are already planning on participating.

 

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photo by blue mollusc

 







Maker Green:

Green Jam and Kegs

 

Are you a maker interested in making Vancouver’s Mini Maker Faire the greenest anywhere?robot tiltThis is a call to all tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, exhibitors and attendees. Help answer such questions as how we might target zero waste? Can we reduce the carbon emissions of everyone travelling to the faire? What can exhibitors do to reduce their environmental footprint? Let’s get together at the HiVE and jam over a beer!

 

Join the community, get Involved and help shape the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!

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Where: The HiVE @ 210 – 128 W. Hastings St.
When: Friday February 28, 2014, Gather at 6pm, start at 6:30pm
What: Maker Faire “Green Jam and Kegs”
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Drinks by donation, potluck offerings welcome.  RSVP here.

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VIVO Youth Courses This Summer

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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:

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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

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







Maker Education Meetup: July 4th at the Vancouver Hack Space

John shows off some 3D printed parts at our first meetup

John shows off some 3D printed parts at our first meetup

 

Always wanted to check out a hackspace, but never had the chance? Now is the perfect time! The Vancouver Hack Space is hosting the next Maker Education meetup on July 4th at 7:30pm.

 

They have just moved into a brand new 3000 square foot space, which they’ve filled with laser cutters, 3D printers, all kinds of electronics and a crew of hackers working on interesting things. Better yet, we will be joined by representatives from some of Vancouver’s other excellent makerspaces and DIY groups, such as: the Vancouver Community Lab, the Vancouver Design Nerds, 3D604 3D printing group, the Vancouver Tool Library, Mozilla and more!

 

We will start the night with short talks introducing the different organizations, then there will be lots of time to check out the hackspace, socialize, and connect with all of the other interesting people who attend the Maker Education meetups.

 

Food and drink has been generously sponsored by Mozilla! It is absolutely free to attend but, if you would like to give back, you can bring a small cash donation to support the Vancouver Hack Space and Maker Foundation.

 

Please RSVP at the link below:

http://makered.eventbrite.com/







Meet Your Makers: Colin Johnson, The Emperor’s Cabinet

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If you’ve passed by 6th and Main recently, then you may have noticed the amazing Wooden AT-AT in the window of Hot Art Wet City Gallery & Shop. Woodbutcher Colin Johnson is the artist responsible for this eye-catching piece of wonder, and it’s coming to Maker Faire!

 

May LaForge Be With You: A tribute to Star Wars and Star Trek

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It’s also being featured at an art show called May LaForge Be With You, dubbed “an epic art battle between two sci-fi favourites: Star Wars and Star Trek.” The opening reception is tonight from 7-11 pm (details below).

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I haven’t even gotten to the best part—it’s a fully functional liquor cabinet! Booze and Star Wars: two things that make me the life of the party. I asked Colin a few questions about the liquor cabinet that I would happily sell a kidney to own.

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DY: You must be a huge Star Wars fan. What made you decide to turn it into a liquor cabinet or was that your idea all along?

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CJ: Yes, I am a huge SW fan. I didn’t know it was going to be a wet bar when I started, but I did know I wanted it to contain something. (I was toying with the idea of a diorama of some kind.) I would like to say I had a lofty reason for making it, but I made it for notoriety.

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DY: How long did it take you?

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CJ: It took about 600 hours (give or take 100).

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DY: You describe yourself as a Woodbutcher. Has this always been your preferred medium?

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CJ: I started making things with Lego. When I found Lego to be too limiting I started using paper. Now I mostly work in wood. It is my preferred medium but have dabbled in plastics and some metal.

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DY: When I was at the gallery today, everyone who was waiting for the bus was totally into it. What kind of reactions have you gotten from people?

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CJ: People love it! Some of the reactions have been very animated.

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Colin Johnson will be at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 1 and 2, but catch him tonight at Hot Art Wet City for the opening of May LaForge Be With You.

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Hot Art Wet City, 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
Thursday May 9 – Saturday June 1, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION TONIGHT: Friday, May 10 from 7-11pm

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Visiting Vancouver Hack Space: 3D Printer Night

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Have you ever been to Vancouver Hack Space? VHS is a self-organized, inclusive collective of makers, AND a space to collaborate on projects, that will be coming to Maker Faire again this year! I visited VHS for the first time this past Wednesday, May 1st, and it was a really cool time to be there, because it was their second monthly 3D printer night!

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A 3D printer at work

A 3D printer at work

 

Close-up of a 3D print being made

Close-up of a 3D print being made

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While I signed a simple safety waiver to be in the workshop space, people were setting up 3D printers they brought from home. Armed with long spools of ABS plastic to print things out of, they were ready for some requests!

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After an hour or so, the crowd had settled down, smaller conversations had broken out, and it was a lot more social while people helped each other out with technical challenges.

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It was exciting and overstimulating for me, and the space was pretty tight for the crowd of almost 30 people. However, our host for the evening, Dan Royer, made a special announcement: VHS is officially moving to a new space!

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Dan Royer hosts 3D printer night

Dan Royer hosts 3D printer night

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VHS is presently stationed at 45 W Hastings St, with an entrance that opens from the ground floor in a low-lit back alley leading up a set of rickety stairs. It can be a bit of a scary experience for some people.

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The inside is well-lit, but tight, and densely packed with maker tools and supplies, shown below.

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VHS at the end of the night

VHS at the end of the night

 

Machine tools at VHS

Machine tools at VHS

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In the new space at 270 East 1st Avenue, VHS will have an extra 2000 square feet to fill, which they plan on dividing into two areas, with one room designated for CNC machines and power tools and other equipment, and another room for collaborative learning and other quieter projects.

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Below is a photosphere I shot of the new VHS space on Friday March 3. You can click and drag around in to see the space, and use your mouse’s scrollwheel to zoom.

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(View full screen photosphere of the new location for Vancouver Hack Space in a new tab)

 

VHS aims to complete the move in 30 days, just in time to invite everyone who sees them at Maker Faire to visit them in their new home.

 

Learn more about VHS’s move and find out how to help.

 

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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.

 
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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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Early Bird Tickets Available This Month Only

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Vancouver’s biggest show and tell is happening June 1-2, and early-bird tickets are on sale through the end of April!

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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire will feature more than 100 makers who will demonstrate skills such as puppetry, electronics, computer hacking, music-making, quilting, farming and virtual reality. It’s where art meets science, craft meets utility, and farmer’s market meets backyard forum.

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If you’re in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island or the Fraser Valley, we encourage you to plan to spend at least one entire day, if not the whole weekend, at this event showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of people and groups from all over the area.

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Weekend passes are $20 for adults, $14 for students and $10 for children. So grab one for you and your family to take part in the city’s biggest skill swap!

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And, if you want to help make the event happen, volunteer signup is open too.

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“There’s something for everybody at a Maker Faire,” says VMMF Creative Director Emily Smith (pictured above). “It brings together all of the local community groups to share what they are doing, while immersed in a spectacle of fun and excitement.”

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See you all at the Faire!







Calling all teen crafters, knitters, crocheters and seamsters!







Young Makers has a home!