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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 Photo Roundup

Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2014 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire! For those of you who missed it, here’s a little round up of some of what was happening this year. We’re planning the 2015 show already – if you’d like to receive information about volunteering with us or being a Maker next year, sign up for our newsletter.

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Photo Credit Matt LeBlanc

Photo Credit Matt LeBlanc

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Photo Credit Steven Smethurst

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Photo Credit Emily Smith

Photo Credit Matt LeBlanc

Photo Credit Matt LeBlanc

Photo Credit Steven Smethurst

Photo Credit Steven Smethurst

Photo Credit Emily Smith

Photo Credit Emily Smith

Photo Credit Matt LeBlanc

Photo Credit Matt LeBlanc

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Photo Credit Steven Smethurst

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Thanks to all of our performers, speakers, teachers, volunteers, and Makers for putting together an amazing show this year! If you can’t wait until 2015 for more Making, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what’s going on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vancouver Shares

Robots, lifehacks, crafty design – there’s plenty to stumble upon at the Mini Maker Faire. This weekend, we host one of the most engaging and unique events in Vancouver to share our ideas and ingenuity with our community. Thanks to our friends at Modo, we know this is part of building a healthy, connected city.

Many of our Makers know Modo quite well. They use Modo vehicles to transport their inventions, run errands for supplies, or just get around town when transit or bikes won’t cut it. It’s not uncommon to see a multitude of Modos parked outside the venue for VMMF weekend – and it’s growing each year.

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As part of our Community Partnership with Modo – VMMF’s Official Transportation Sponsor this year! – we’ve invited them to join us with their Make It Happen booth! Sponsored by Vancity, and in partnership with Share Vancouver, this booth is your one-stop shop for all things #SharingEconomy. Do you have a dream project that seems out of reach? Chat with their experts to learn about shared resources and sharing initiatives available in the city that can make your dream a reality! Make, Move, Finance and Share – it’s taking the Modo co-operative to the next level.

As an added bonus, VMMF attendees get a special Modo promotion with their ticket stub: 1-month FREE trial membership + $40 carsharing credit. So if you’ve been thinking about carsharing, join up with Modo this weekend! They’ll also be doing on-site registration at their Make It Happen Booth, making it even more convenient.Thanks for the support, Modo – see you at the Faire!

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The Hardest Working Makers This Weekend Will Be…

Just one more sleep until the 2014 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire! We’re so excited, and hope you are, too!

There are so many crazy and exciting things to dazzle Faire attendees that sometimes our most hard-working Makers go unappreciated – nearly unnoticed, sometimes, even. Nonetheless, they keep coming back year after year, and the Faire wouldn’t be the same without them. They each add something tangible to the flavour of the Faire, and they work hard all weekend long to make sure the rest of us -attendees and VMMF staff alike- have the most enjoyable weekend possible. You know who I’m talking about, right? Yes – our food vendors!

The 2014 VMMF sees the return of the food trucks who have supported us every year since we started, and some new ones, too!

varinicey-pakorasVarinicey (pronounce it VERY NICE ee) Pakoras is back, of course – the show wouldn’t be the same without them!  Their pakoras are vegan, gluten free, and delicious, making it easy to feed just about anybody.

taser-grilled-cheeseTaser Grilled Cheese is back to serve up the best gourmet grilled cheese in town!

serious-sausageAnother VMMF regular, Serious Sausage will serve up some… well, some serious sausage. 

Ze-BiteZe Bite will be at the show serving up their fantastic sandwiches (served on a baguette or a gluten-free crepe); if you’ve got a sweet tooth, their selection of sweet crepes is also sure to delight!

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Treat yourself to a tasty snack that’s sweet, salty and oh-so healthy! Cup-A-Corn’s got six flavours to choose from, including Wasabi Ginger, Thai, Peanut Satay, Indian, Cinnamon Dessert and Classic (with lemon, salt, and pepper).

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Johnny’s Pops sells handmade artisan popsicles out of an old-school bicycle-mounted cooler.

On-the-grindOn The Grind uses both pedal and solar power to bring you the finest grinds and tastiest treats!

Look for our awesome food vendors in the outdoor area of the Faire, on the west side of the building.

 

 

 

 

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Check Out the VMMF 2014 Silent Auction!

Our Makers are a generous bunch! 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.

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Two of our returning Makers have donated seats to a couple of awesome classes: Laser Cutter Cafe is offering up two spots in their “Introduction to Laser Cutting” class, and DIY or Die!!! has two seats to their “Painting With Wool” workshop up for grabs.

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If making things at home from a kit is more your style, then check out the Mini Electric Guitar kit from IoT Design Shop. The strings on this 320mm guitar can be installed and tuned the same way as a normal sized guitar. The built-in amp and speaker output a powerful distortion sound, and an external amp can also be connected with a standard 1/4″ jack for clearer & better tones. The kit even includes a pick that allows for easy playing! All that’s needed to assemble this kit is a Phillips screwdriver, everyday cellophane tape, pliers, and 2xAA batteries.

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Make your own movies at home with the Tabletop Moviemaking Studio! This kit even comes a 3 Point LED lighting system with color gels.

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Put on your sea legs with this nautical themed jewelry set from Parrotphernalia. The earrings are made with tibetan silver anchors displaying your LOVE for the sea with recycled Blue Macaw feathers; the pendant is made from a cut sea shell, with two colours of recycled Blue Macaw feathers.

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The BCIT Technology Teacher Education group is giving us not one, but TWO mini-sumo robots to auction off! The mini-sumo robot is a small, Arduino-controlled vehicle typical of what a Technology Teacher might assign to their students in a Grade 11 or 12 high school electronics class. It can be controlled from an Android phone, or even from a TV Remote Control unit. Alternatively it can use its on-board sensors for autonomous operation, following lines, or actively avoiding objects. This package includes an Arduino Uno, custom control shield, Tamiya gear box and sensors all mounted in a 3D-printed chassis. With all the construction and wiring done, and with the Bluetooth code pre-installed, all you need to do is throw the switch and start driving. Even the batteries are included!

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Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collection is providing us with one of their “Zombie Apocalypse Survival Seeds” packages. This collection contains everything you need to grow to survive a zombie apocalypse (or robot uprising, perhaps?) .

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Zaber Technologies has put together an awesome package that includes a digital micrometer, digital multimeter, caliper, screwdriver set, tape measure, and two t-shirts.

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We’ve got an amazing  13″ x 19″ art print of “the meowl” from PHRESHA.

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This earring from Side B Design Studio’s DRIFT collection features a hand painted and printed horn-shaped textile piece and black leather that hang from some chain. Inspired by tribal and primitive design, this solo earring makes a statement at a length of 6 inches.

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The BC Meccano Club is offering a Meccano Super Construction Set. Designed for ages 10+, this system of small parts combine in numerous ways to create an infinite number of models. The Meccano Super Construction Set comes with a handy, compartmentalized carrying case and plans for 25 different models. The kid includes over 640 parts and a 6-volt battery-powered motor. It can be combined with other Meccano sets to make even more models.

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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire regular John Biehler of 3D604.org is providing two books, both signed by the authors: “3D Printing for Autodesk” by John Biehler and Bill Fane and “Getting Started with Raspberry Pi” by Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace.

That’s not all! Make sure you stop by the silent auction table to check out the other auction items, including home-baked all-butter cookies, posters, gear sets, a handblown glass mug, and more! Proceeds from the silent auction are used to fuel Vancouver Maker Foundation events and initiatives. Vancouver Maker Foundation has brought together a broad range of Vancouver artists, hobbyists, creatives, collectives, and small businesses through projects like Maker Music, the Young Makers Program, the Vancouver Maker Education Meet-up Group. Their driving purpose is to continue to connect like-minded tinkerers in order to cross-pollinate ideas, share resources, and inspire one another in exploring passion projects, hobbies, businesses, or achieving a unique feats of wonder.

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