Seattle Mini Maker Faire
A public faire featuring passion projects of all stripes.
Try out the latest, greatest inventions from across the region at Seattle Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly festival of innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness. Hailed as the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," it offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, and garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public.
In 2013 Maker Faire celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900+ makers and 125,000 attendees. The other flagship event—World Maker Faire New York—has grown in three years to include more than 500 makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Oso, Shenzhen, and Tokyo are home to "featured" 2014 Maker Faires (200+ makers), while community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are produced both nationally and internationally.
Seattle Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc. For more information, visit makerfaireseattle.com.
- All Metal Arts
- Arts Thaddeus: Portable Camera Obscura
- Autonomous Toy Train Using Arduino
- BEAM + Bricks!
- Bird Box
- Code for Seattle
- Custom Motorized Longboard
- Ditto+ 3D Printer
- DIY BioDomes
- DIY & Make Craft Stick Toys with CraftStickCrafts.com
- DIY Supercar
- Earthship Seattle
- Emmett’s 3D Printing
- FabLab Tacoma
- Fashion Technology 101
- Flying Heritage Collection
- Forest Field
- Get Started with EL Wire
- Grow Plastics
- Hack Your Clothes
- Happy Pi
- Ill Gotten Games
- King County Library System
- Lifehacking 101: Experimenting with the Latest Science and Technology to Upgrade Your Life
- Living Computer Museum
- Lobo CNC Open-Source Milling Machine
- Make and Takes
- Makelangelo 3 Mural Drawing Robot
- Makers for Humanitarian Technologies
- Making Big Art
- Motion Sickness Cinematic Robots
- Near Space Satellites
- OlyMEGA: Olympia Makers, Engineers, Geeks, and Artists
- Olympia Circuits
- Open Beam & The Metrix Oopen Hardware Alliance
- Original Pin: Cameras with Character
- Pages and Pop-ups
- Pi Computer
- The Sacred Shadow Self
- Schlem's 3D Printed Pinhole Photography
- Scroll Wood Shop
- Seattle Tools Libraries and Fixers Collectives
- Seattle CoderDojo
- Seattle ReCreative
- Short Range Wireless
- Slime Mold: At Home, Around the World
- Soldering Station
- Strike Models
- Suspension of Disbelief
- Tabletop Moviemaking
- They Shall Walk
- wTrak Modular Wooden Railway
- XBOT ROBOTICS Workspace
All Metal Arts will display OHM and Tone, a decorative array of knife switches that control a high voltage "Jacobs Ladder" display. All Metal Arts teachers foster professional skills such as welding with MIG, TIG, OXY-FUEL, or "stick," metalcasting, fabrication, and mastering computer numeric controlled (CNC) tools, electronics, and robotics.
The camera obscura was an optical device used in drawing, and one of the ancestral threads leading to the invention of photography. This portable camera obscura sets up around a caravan canopy to create a dark chamber illuminated by a hole in the outside wall. Check out how the hole projects an upside-down inverted image on the inside wall, and how a compound lens in the hole produces a bright focused image.
Have you ever wondered what would happen when you modified a Lionel train to run autonomously with an onboard Arduino loaded with sensors and a motor controller? Watch to see the train make automatic speed adjustments as it navigates curves and straightaways.
by Play-Well TEKnologies
Kids will decorate electric LEGO® monorails then have quick battles, trying to knock each other off the tracks. Play-Well TEKnologies is not affiliated with the LEGO® group. They run after-school programs in Seattle Public Schools and summer camps with Seattle Parks and Recreation.
The Experience of Story Making takes guests from the inception of an idea and the creative brainstorming process to building a set and animating stories with LEGO® robotics or recycled materials. Projects are unique to each team, and participants will leave with a published work or film clip.
by Office Nomads
The Bird Box is a Twitter alert screen that displays live tweets and flashes lights when guests post about the event. Visit the booth to explore the newest version, which can also can display slides of the event and its attendees.
The Car-Firewall firewalls your car's computer and electrical systems to enable you to safely use diagnostic scan tools, particularly usage-based-insurance devices such as Progressive's Snapshot device. The Car-Firewall protects users' privacy by controlling what information insurance companies can access. It further enhances privacy by softening the speed that is reported to insurance companies, enabling many more drivers to benefit from it to lower their insurance rates.
Code for Seattle is a volunteer organization focused on addressing civic issues in Seattle with technology. The group will demonstrate the capabilities of multiple projects such as data visualizations of open data and more.
Custom Motorized Longboard
The Electric Longboard is a working electric motorized longboard or skateboard that is both functioning and pleasing to the eye.
Ditto+ is a reliable open-source fused filament fabrication 3D printer, designed for new and experienced users alike. Boasting a massive build volume of 545 cubic inches and a layer resolution of 100 microns, Ditto+ 3D Printer offers professional grade performance in an affordable package.
Although initially intended for terrestrial use, DIY BioDomes are now a necessity for any out-of-this-world colonies! Stop by to check out Dome building, BioChar, and close loop ecosystems.
Make wooden crafts, toys, gifts, art, and tools without any power tools or woodworking experience. Learn the art and engineering of craft stick crafts and craft stick bending to make craft woods bend into hundreds of creative shapes.
Earthship Seattle offers tutorials and information on what an Earthship—a 100% sustainable off-grid home—is and how it works. Digital media will be used to help demonstrate some of the systems involved. A Water Organization Module (WOM) will also be exhibited to show how rain water can be collected and filtered for use in all household applications including use as fresh drinking water.
Energia is an open-source electronics prototyping platform started by Robert Wessels in January of 2012, with the goal of bringing the Wiring and Arduino framework to the Texas Instruments MSP430-based LaunchPad. Since its inception, Energia support has expanded to include a variety of other boards including C2000, ARM-based micros and the C5000 DSP.
Explore fashion technology! What goes into making clothing? Tools and techniques are similar in variety and scope to other engineering fields—machinery can range from simple marking tools to huge, specialty industrial machines. Skills range from fashion art and draping to technical drafting and machine operation.
The Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) is a premier aviation attraction with something of interest for visitors of all ages. Whether an individual, family, or large group, FHC's exclusive offerings let you experience powerful history that changed the world.
by Forest Field Interactive
The duet Forest Field uses radio telemetry with Arduino and XBee to sense the distance between the performers. This modulates the branching of a tree fractal that is projected onto the dancers, creating a virtual 3rd partner built from the space between the dancers' hearts.
Electroluminescent Wire, or EL wire, is a colored wire that glows when connected to a power source. Similar to neon, but flexible and safe for anyone to work with, EL wire is a fun and easy way to add light and excitement to costumes or projects.
Grow Plastics shows the process of making bioplastics, or making biodegradable plastic food packaging, with a sandwich core structure. The end goal of the technology is to replace all food packaging plastic with biodegradables.
Hack Your Clothes is working to develop tutorials and local classes that teach people to sew and knit—either to modify existing objects or to create them from scratch. Everyone should get to wear something awesome!
by Wildvine Project
Happy Pi is a portable/wearable music visualizer based on the Raspberry Pi (a credit card-sized single-board computer) and a nanoprojector. This project allows wearers to visualize ambient sound by seeing it projected onto a nearby surface, thereby fostering an interaction with the wearer’s environment.
HiveBio is a community-supported Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biology laboratory located in Seattle. The purpose of this community-run lab is to provide Seattle’s DIY-bio community with a central hub where they can meet one another and share ideas. The lab also offers an accessible and affordable space for members where they can carry out research and experiments that they’d not be able to conduct otherwise.
The King County Library System (KCLS) has an emphasis on lifelong learning, and provides a wealth of programs, resources, and hands-on learning opportunities for those wishing to explore the Arts and Technology at any age. KCLS will demonstrate access to the library’s online resources, and provide resource lists highlighting collections and information about upcoming library programs.
Lifehacking 101 aims to maximize personal growth with a minimal amount of effort. From physical and emotional training to improving relationships, this highly-practical, fun, science-based interactive presentation welcomes guests of all ages!
The Living Computer Museum collection presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers and how people use them. The collection was assembled by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen as a way to preserve the history that put him and Bill Gates on the path to founding the company.
The Lobo CNC Milling Machine is an open-source project for building your own desktop milling machine. The mill has unique advanced features that make it both easy to use and suitable for a wide range of materials including wood, plastics, and even metals like aluminum and brass.
Make and Takes, the popular parenting and craft blog, will host a fun hands-on craft table for the young and the young-at-heart!
Back again, better than ever! Makelangelo 3 presents new styles of drawing and new abilities with an easier setup. Be among the first to see it in action, interact with the machines, and learn about its benefits in teaching subjects in STEM.
The IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society, assembles conferences to discuss humanitarian technologies. These include: Health, Medical Technology, and Telemedicine; Disaster Warning, Avoidance, and Response; Water Planning, Availability and Quality; Sanitation; Power Infrastructure/Off-grid Power/Renewable and Sustainable Energy; Connectivity and Communications Technologies (data/voice) for Remote Locations; Educational Technologies; Agricultural Technologies and Environmental Sustainability. Joe Decuir, distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society will offer a presentation on how Maker/DIY technology makes these possible.
Making Big Art
by Tyee Middle School
STEM students in the Near Space Balloon Satellite Club at Tyee Middle School display their constructed and programmed balloon satellites that measure temperature, humidity, and light intensity, and record photos and video.
OlyMEGA is a nonprofit Makerspace from Olympia, WA. Stop by to see a number of member projects including a form-factor multi-touch table, electronic gadgets, mechanical gadgets, a UDS slow smoker, RF projects, LED art, wearables, and more.
OpenBeam & The Metrix Open Hardware Alliance is a loose knit group of friends working on Open Source Hardware. The group is loosely affiliated with and can be found hanging out at Metrix Create Space on Capitol Hill.
OpenBeam is a low cost miniature extruded aluminum construction system that uses standard M3 nuts instead of proprietary T-nuts and injection molding to lower the cost of joining components. OpenBeam recently completed the design for the OpenBeam Kossel Pro and the OpenBeam Kossel Reprap. These Open Source 3D Printers highlight the versatility of using OpenBeam in the desktop automations and robotics field.
The Axios is an Open Source ergonomic keyboard featuring modular components and a design to better match the hand's natural resting position reducing strain in both the wrists and fingers. The Axios is user programmable as well, allowing a near infinite number of layouts to be stored on the board itself and requiring no special drivers. Its modular nature allows for a wide degree of adjustability and customization giving the user more control over their comfort, while laser etched backlit keys let the user make it their own.
Olympia Circuits produces boards and books to make using the Arduino Microcontroller system easier and more satisfying. The Arno lets beginners learn Arduino programming, with high-efficiency Arduino boards available for more advanced users. Interactive boards with RGB LEDs and motion sensors will also be displayed.
Teach the basics of photography with a precision-built, laser-cut 35mm pinhole camera that won't crush in your backpack or melt in the rain like cardboard. With customizable parts, this beautiful, functional, and sturdy camera will last a lifetime.
Pages and Pop-ups centers on the creation of pop-up books. Come by to learn pop-up basics, some light printmaking and collaging techniques, and some easy book-binding techniques for guests to take home!
by Karah Pino
Filling the performance space with multiple interacting light sources gives viewers a chance to play the game of shadow finding—observing the effects of shadow and light and bringing new awareness to the space we’re in. Playing with our sacred shadow self reminds us that we’re in the world of substance—more than our thoughts and feelings, but also matter interacting with the materiality of what exists around us.
3D printers can make a variety of tools and objects. In the case of Schlem's 3D Printed Pinhole Photography, the 3D printer has been utilized to design and create functioning pinhole cameras that take real photographs.
by West Seattle Tool Library
Fixers Collectives have meetings at tool libraries throughout Seattle simply for the fun of taking stuff apart, putting it back together again, and maybe even fixing some things in the process. The group will have an assortment of gizmos and gadgets that attendees can try to take apart, see how they work, and maybe fix a few of them in the process.
CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer-led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. Since CoderDojo is open source and all Dojos are completely autonomous! Learn more about the different Dojos and gain firsthand experience in the process of coding.
The camera obscura is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen. It is used in drawing and for entertainment, and was one of the inventions that led to photography and the camera. Come take part in a portable camera obscura building workshop led by Seattle ReCreative Camera Obscura!
Makers build devices that connect to other devices, making networks with new properties. The speaker will cover three common wireless solutions for Makers: IEEE 802.11/Wi-Fi; Bluetooth and IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee. The author and presenter Joe Decuir is a distinguished lecturer in the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society who makes his living developing wireless connectivity standards.
by Jigsaw Renaissance and IEEE
Learn how to make electronics at Seattle Mini Maker Faire's Soldering Station! Jigsaw Renaissance—a Seattle based nonprofit maker space—is organizing daylong-lessons in association with the Institute of Electrical And Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at EMP.
Witness a variety of model warships based on real ships from WWI and WWII, with BB guns built into them. The ships are remote-controlled, and shoot and sink each other. They are then easily retrieved, repaired, and sent back out to battle. Note: No ships will be loaded during Maker Faire.
by Tabletop Media
Tabletop Moviemaking is a scaled-down hands-on approach to moviemaking that uses diorama sets and characters to create a film. Tablets and smartphones are used to create short films. Movies can be created in minutes with pre-built sets and characters, or participants can stay a little longer and create their own custom characters.
TogetherBear is a DIY project complete with an Arduino kit, speakers, wires, wave-shield, teddy bear, online wiki instructions, and tips, and a children's book with an easy-to-follow storyline. It’s an inspiring story about a bear and his tree-friend who set off on an adventure to make a voice box after the bear tragically loses his voice. This is a great starting point project for the next generation of makers!
wTrak is a modular wooden railway standard that bridges the gap between wooden trains as a toy and as a hobby. Modular railway segments, rolling stock with greater realism, attention to scale, and standardization allow reconfiguration and collaboration between model railroad clubs or families with compatible segments—taking wooden track to a hobbyist level. Great for kids, this non-scale railway allows limitless creativity in the medium of wood, glue, metal, fabric, textures, and paper.
XBOT ROBOTICS is a nonprofit that provides hands-on opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school students in STEM education, and particularly robotics. XBOT ROBOTICS will focus on automatons—self-operating, simple machines—and will provide the components of automatons for kids (and parents) to make and take home.
More makers to be announced soon! Makers subject to change.
Seattle Mini Maker Faire presentations will be held in JBL Theater throughout the weekend. Check back soon for full schedule.
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Maker Faire is organized by MAKE magazine and supported by Maker Media.
About MAKE Magazine:
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.