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Check out the Mini Maker Faire 2016 Silent Auction!

We have some very talented and generous Makers! The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in association with the Vancouver Maker Foundation is hosting our annual 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. Our Makers and Exhibitors have donated some outstanding items for our attendees to bid on all weekend.

Just a sneak peek of some of the items up for Auction:

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The Hive Printing, an artisan screen printing company specializing in traditional textiles & dxtraordinary projects has donated Vancouver-Inspired hand printed shirts made right here in East Van!

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If you love a good brew and prefer to make things at home, Brew and Beast, has donated a DIY home-brew kit. Instructions included in the kit of course! Stop by their booth to for more details on brewing your own beer.

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Rocket Man Props has created a Gamers’ dream for an all night gaming session! A set of 5 Settlers of Catan themed coasters, laser cut on plywood and detailed with exotic wood veneers. Get your game on!

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Phillip Chin, a visual artist and photographer who works with clients all over Canada, has donated a TinType photoshoot at the Maker Faire or for any later date preferred date.

This is only a sampling of the items we will have at the silent auction this year! Make sure you stop by the table to check out the other auction items, and say hello to the members of the Vancouver Maker Foundation. Proceeds from the silent auction are used to fuel Vancouver Maker Foundation events and initiatives which 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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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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