The Call for Makers is open!
Contacting all Makers! The Maker Faire is coming back to San Luis Obispo! The second annual SLO Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 (11am-3pm) at Mission Plaza. The SLO Mini Maker Faire is a festival that is open to all ages (babies to 100+!) to MAKE, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology.
The Call for Makers, Artists, Performers, Scientists, Crafters, and Engineers is open now through Feb 28, 2014. Any groups or individuals interested in participating as exhibiting makers should complete this application form. In 2014, we are also introducing a Young Maker Division for makers under the the age of 18. Exhibits that are interactive and hands-on or that highlight the process of making things — including how to fix them and take them apart — are especially desired.
San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of makers and making. It is about spreading the concept of the identity of “maker.” The United States, has a long tradition of ingenuity, garage and shop tinkering, and creative innovation. This ethos and history are particularly strong in California. We believe that everyone is a maker! San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire is a place for local inventors, artists, scientists, thinkers, storytellers, engineers, and learners to get together and share their passions and ideas. It is a place to inspire the next generation of makers, to entertain and to inform. The SLO Maker Faire is a place for us to MAKE community.
Are you still not sure if you are a Maker? Meet members of the local Maker Community at two upcoming events.
- On Wednesday, January 22 at 6pm, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (http://www.sloma.org/) will host a MAKE Meetup with featured Maker Michael Hannon at 1010 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo. Come meet other local makers and share ideas, skills, and local resources. Hannon’s sculptures are made of duct tape, newspaper, and hammered copper, and will be on display in the gallery. Hannon will be able to answer your questions about them. You are invited to reply to the optional RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/makermeetup/San-Luis-Obispo-CA/1075072/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/653537941358789/
- Do you want to help shape the look and feel of the 2014 San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire? You are invited to participate in a “SLO Mini Maker Faire Salon Dinner” on Thursday, January 30 from 6-8pm at the Cal Poly campus. The Salon Dinner will promote discussion amongst participants about questions such as, “Why Making?” and “Why Maker Faire?” Ideas and visions that emerge at the Salon Dinner will then be incorporated into a 4-day design charrette focused on the central structure of the 2014 SLO Mini Maker Faire. Participants include students from Thomas Fowler’s 3rd year Architecture Studio and Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies majors. Please RSVP at http://www.evite.com/l/XFewqDAesr by noon on Monday, January 27.
The SLO Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous parent event, Maker Faire, which will host more than 100,000 visitors in San Mateo on May 17 & 18, 2014. Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, CA by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. In 2013, the original Maker Faire celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, Oslo, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2014 Maker Faires (200+ makers). Community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.
The SLO Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering. Featuring both established and emerging local Makers, the SLO Mini Maker Faire will offer interactive performances, including a featured event from the Cal Poly Science Cafe as well as Maker booths featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities such as exhibits on rockets and robots, DIY (do-it-yourself) science and technology, unique textile arts & crafts, unusual tools and machines, green tech, sustainability, upcycling, alternative energy, bicycles, music and local food, educational workshops and installations, and more! The inaugural 2013 SLO Mini Maker Faire was attended by over 2,000 people — we hope to see you there this year!
The SLO Mini Maker Faire is co-produced by the SLO Museum of Art (SLOMA), Cal Poly, Central Coast Makerspace@Los Osos Middle School, the Central Coast STEM Education Collaborative (CCSTEM), iFixit, SLO MakerSpace, and Sm(ART) Studio in collaboration with faculty from the Fine Arts Department at Cuesta College and mentors from the Greybots, an Atascadero robotics team. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to become involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals, companies and commercial entities are also welcomed as sponsors at the SLO Mini Maker Faire. Several sponsorship packages are available to appeal to both small and large organizations that want to support this incredible community extravaganza. Existing sponsors include the City of San Luis Obispo and multiple organizations at Cal Poly: the Center for Excellence in STEM Education, the Center for Expressive Technologies, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Engineering. Please email email@example.com to discuss sponsoring the event.
Follow the development of the SLO Mini Maker Faire at http://slominimakerfaire.com/, on Twitter@slomakerfaire, on Facebook at Facebook.com/SLOMakerFaire, or on Google+ at goo.gl/HrqR2