It Was Great!

Thanks to all of the exhibitors, speakers, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for helping to make such an enjoyable and inspiring event. A special thank you goes out to Albemarle County Schools for their continued generous support and commitment to bringing Maker Education into the classroom and community. In addition, our gratitude goes to Albemarle County teachers and students who participated in this year’s event, reminding us that education can be inspiring!

Stay Curious, Get Inspired and Create!

Steve Hunter  Founder and Director, Cville Mini Maker Faire

Exhibitors and attendees, please take time to fill out our post-event survey that will be coming your way shortly. We value your feedback.

 

 

The Future of Shoe Design And Manufacture

Sag_Cor_RunDr. Casey Kerrigan, renowned rehabilitation physician, inventor, and founder of OESH Shoes, (a Cville based company), will be giving a presentation on the “Future of Shoe Design and Manufacture”. Come learn about how sustainable materials, 3D design software and rapid prototyping are coming together to create a healthy fit for our feet and body.

Our small (legal) size poster is available for you to download and share!

Want to tell your friends, students, co-workers all about the Maker Faire? Put a reminder on the fridge? HERE is the downloadable and printable pdf of our 8.5″ x 14″ (legal sized) poster. Thanks for all your help getting the word out! Use of this poster is limited to the promotion of the Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire.

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Need A New Knee? What’s The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?

GavinGarnerrotunda-guitar-2Come to the 2014 Cville Mini Maker Faire and hear Dr. Gavin Garner talk about the future of rapid prototyping.  Gavin is an Associate Professor at UVA in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a huge fan of the Maker Movement. He will bring some of his UVA engineering students and a few of their very cool creations. Not to be missed!

More about Gavin:  http://gavitronics.com/

Science Hackerspace BioLogik coming to Cville Mini Maker Faire 2014!

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BioLogik calls themselves “A Gateway to Science for Everyone.” The new Norfolk biohackerspace is a professional science lab packed with equipment and resources, overseen by citizen scientists. They provide workshops, mentoring and interactive learning, hoping to inspire and motivate students to experiment and give back to their community. Their lab follows professional protocols and aims to be accessible to all ages and levels of expertise. YOU can become part of the new DIY movement in biotech!

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Scenes from last year’s 2013 Maker Faire

Just a reminder of how fun last year’s Faire turned out to be and WHY you want to be SURE and sign up for our 2014 Maker Faire!

Charlottesville Maker Faire Ranks In The Top 6 Of Mini Maker Faires!

Our Maker Faire was ranked #6, from all of  the 100 Mini  Maker Faires worldwide in attendee satisfaction! We are so proud. Many thanks to all our amazing makers, volunteers, fashion show designers, lecturers and of course, our attendees! Hope to see you again in 2014!

 

 

What IS a Maker?

As we talk to more folks around town, I get asked a lot of questions about what exactly constitutes a “maker.” In my own mind, it’s a do-it-yourself kind of person, who manifests their creativity and knowledge via hands-on projects and objects. Some makers are more science-geeks and some makers are more crafty-geeks and some are genius level artisans and some are back-to-basics fine crafters of food; but they all share a passion for creating and also believe that YOU can do it as well. At the MakerFaire, they come together to show all the rest of us who are still standing on the sidelines. We might get our feet wet or just watch in admiration.

Make Magazine supplies this list that they believe adds up to a great MakerFaire. If you see yourself here, then SIGN UP FOR A BOOTH and tell your Maker friends all about the Faire! See you in October!

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MakerFaire welcomes Altenergy as an Exhibiting Sponsor

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Altenergy Inc. is a local provider of solar energy systems for both homes and large businesses. They have branches in Staunton, VA,  Atlanta, GA and Boise, ID.  While providing the whole package,  they can partner with electrical engineers, energy management professionals and auditors, to bring customers the planning and cost analysis needed to make the transition to solar as smooth and economical as possible.

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Their goal is to create a holistic system that will last up to 25 years, ensuring a good return on your investment. Altenergy can correct other inefficiencies in systems throughout your building, replacing old water heaters or boilers.  They love to teach about alternative energy, so we are thrilled to have them at our 2013 Maker Faire!

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http://www.altenergyincorporated.com/