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Volunteer Photographers & Videographers Wanted!

Are you passionate about the maker movement and love to photograph or make short films? We are looking for volunteers for our Documentation Team to help make the 5th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire a success. Our goal for the documentation team is to highlight Vancouver’s growing maker community through photo essays and short films about individual makers, community organizations and companies that encourage the do-it-yourself spirit. Another function of the Documentation Team is to record this year’s event by creating visual content for use in our social media, newsletters and other promotional content for future faires, with full credit to you, of course!

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Volunteer Bloggers Wanted!

Are you passionate about the maker movement and love to write? We are looking for volunteer bloggers to help make the 5th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire a success. Our goal for the blog is to highlight Vancouver’s growing maker community through interviews with and profiles of individual makers, community organizations and companies that encourage the do-it-yourself spirit in our city.

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What we require:

  • A curious nature and a desire to find out more about Vancouver’s maker community.
  • A commitment to write two or more 500-word blog posts per month in the lead-up to the faire
  • A comfort in conducting interviews, connecting with the public and researching topics.
  • An interest in social media and an initiative to help promote your work through a variety of channels.
  • An ability to write short, compelling posts that are fun to read.
  • A great photographic eye is a bonus!

What you will receive:

  • Full credit for your work in all social media posts and promotions.
  • Writing samples to add to your portfolio.
  • A free weekend pass to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
  • Attendance at our annual volunteer appreciation party.
  • A fabulous Vancouver Mini Maker Faire T-shirt.
  • A reference letter upon completion and by request.

To apply, please fill out our Volunteer Registration form. Any questions? Please contact Lindsay, our media coordinator, at media@makerfaire.ca. Please mark Blog Team in the subject line.

Maker Faire 101: Free Evening of Info & Socializing

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!

 

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 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. Stay for a free screening of Maker: The Movie.

 

Date: Saturday Feb. 21, 2015
Time: 6:30-10pm
Location: MakerLabs, 196 Kingsway, Vancouver
RSVP: This is a free event, but capacity is limited. Please RSVP.

 

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire + Mom = Bliss

Vancouver’s second annual Mini Maker Faire witnessed a sea of smiling faces two weekends ago, as local makers shared, entertained and inspired the city’s hungry minds.

 

Being a volunteer, I was eager to share the experience, so I invited my parents along.

 

There was plenty to see and do — but what first? 3D printer village? Perfume mixing? Soldering? Painting with bikes? Felted beads? Mushboo? Disaster Area?

 

More than 100 makers were busy tinkering, weaving, hacking, playing handmade horns, drawing with robots, and carving faces out of sand.

 

It was a thrill for the senses and a feast for the mind.

 

During a short break, and in between bites of scrumptious pakora, I asked my mom what she thought of the event.

 

“It reminds me of the mentality we had in the 60s and 70s, you know, getting back to the garden,” she mused. “Everybody wanted to make their own things — clothes, macramé, growing their own food, working with leather. Only people would do it in small groups. Nobody would have put an event together like this.”

 

Right on! A gold star from my mom! And she’s right on too. The event is organic. It’s educational. It’s loopy and it’s kooky, but most of all it’s fun. It’s a nerd’s paradise, no matter what kind of nerd you are.

 

As I listened to my mom speak, I looked inside my purse full of little handmade trinkets, some of which I made myself onsite. I felt so inspired.

 

“It’s the beginning of something,” she said. “I’m not sure what exactly. It feels like Circle Craft, deconstructed.”