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It’s Official – We are now Maker Faire Orlando!

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We are now Maker Faire Orlando – one of 12 “Featured” Maker Faire events around the world. For 2014, we’ve not only expanded to two days, we will have over 150 maker exhibits (over 85 have already been approved – see the list), over 12k more square feet within Orlando Science Center, and will be adding outdoor exhibits in  Loch Haven Park. But wait, there’s more! Nerdy Derby, Power Racing, a disassembly & recycling area with Take it Apart, and a program for educators are just a few of the big additions to this year’s event.

If you’ve been to one of our past events, you may be wondering what happened to the “Mini Maker Faire” title – here’s the story…

In 2011, a few friends from FamiLAB ventured out to Maker Faire Bay Area and returned intent on bringing the inspiring spectacle that is Maker Faire to Orlando. We licensed the event, becoming “Orlando Mini Maker Faire” – as the events not produced by the official Maker Faire team are known as “Mini” events.

We didn’t have a clue how to produce a major event – but we had passion, determination, good friends, and a lot of luck. With over 100 Maker exhibits and over 2,500 attendees, Orlando Mini Maker Faire was anything but “mini”. The community support was incredible, and we knew that we’d do it again!

As we pondered how to make the event even better for 2013, we thought back to our visit to World Maker Faire New York, held at the NY Hall of Science, home to the 1964 World’s Fair. We loved the integration of Maker Faire into the existing exhibits – with children and adults moving from hands-on science exhibit to hands-on maker exhibit, and the combination of indoor spaces and outdoor spaces possible with the park next to the NY Hall of Science. We realized that our own Orlando Science Center and Loch Haven Park could make this possible for Orlando – and set out to make it happen.

We partnered with Orlando Science Center for Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013, and welcomed over 100 maker exhibits and over 3,000 attendees throughout the Orlando Science Center. We had a fantastic time – but quickly realized that one day of Maker Faire wasn’t enough. We’d always planned to grow the event over time, but hadn’t expected the community to respond so quickly. After deliberation with our community partners – we made the decision to go big – and we highly appreciate the support we’ve received from our community partners, makers, volunteers, and sponsors.

Maker Faire Orlando remains a non-profit, community-led event, and we need your help to make it happen. If you’d like to be a part of it, as a maker, volunteer, community partner, sponsor, etc – check out the pages of this website, or email us at makers@makerfaireorlando.com

Meet the 2014 Makers!

We’ve accepted over 75 maker exhibits for Maker Faire Orlando 2014!

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You can see the entire list, or view by category on our Makers page. We are still reviewing maker applications and should have more than 150 maker exhibits for our larger, 2 day event on September 13th & 14th! If you’d like to exhibit, or know someone that should be at the event, check the Makers page for the registration link or email us!

We want your photos & video!!

If you took photos  & video at Orlando Mini Maker Faire – PLEASE share them with us. The Makers, helpers, volunteers and organizers don’t get a chance to see most of the event, so we love your photos & video. Please add links in the comments here,  share photos on our Facebook page, or tag us with #OMMF2013! If you have high-quality video you want to share and don’t want to upload it, shoot us an email at makers@makerfaireorlando.com and we will make arrangements to get it from you!

Volunteers needed!

We need your help! With hundreds of Makers & thousands of attendees, Orlando Mini Maker Faire needs a LOT of arms & legs to make everything awesome for all.

Volunteers receive free admission to the event (in exchange for working a shift) and receive a special volunteer t-shirt!

If you are interested in volunteering for this year’s Orlando Mini Maker Faire please complete a Volunteer Information Sheet and return it to Danielle Kapusin via email at dkapusin@osc.org or via fax to 407.514.2277.

Florida Hackerspace / Makerspace meetup at Orlando Mini Maker Faire

FamiLAB and Orlando Mini Maker Faire will be hosting a Florida Hackerspace / Makerspace meetup at Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th at Orlando Science Center.

We’d love to have your group exhibit at the event, compete in Power Racing, and hangout at FamiLAB after the event.

If your group would like to participate, either register as makers, or email us at makers@makerfaireorlando.com to chat about how you can get involved!

July Maker Saturday at Orlando Science Center – Fun & Games Edition

This summer, we are running a series of small events at leading up to Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th.

July’s theme is “Maker Gaming”, and will be held at Orlando Science Center on July 13th from 11am – 4pm. (standard Orlando Science Admission or Membership required)

We will have several makers from our community:

FamiLAB will be teaching MIT’s Scratch programming language for kids and will have some 3D printers on display at the event.

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Stay tuned for announcements about the August and September Maker Saturdays, coming soon to the Orlando Science Center!

Calling All Makers!

Do you have a DIY project of your own? Whether it’s in your garage, classroom, or office, we want you to share your talent and passion with Central Florida. We welcome experienced Makers as well as those who have never shown their work to the public before. At Orlando Mini Maker Faire, featured Makers will find a welcoming and appreciative audience that’s excited to see what you can create.

Call for Makers – Submit Your Application Today!

Application deadline is July 21st, but we appreciate receiving your application as soon as possible!

Email any questions to makers@makerfaireorlando.com

Maker Saturdays at Orlando Science Center

We are excited to announce Maker Saturdays a new MONTHLY event at Orlando Science Center leading up to Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013!

The first Maker Saturday is  June 15th  from 11am to 4pm at Orlando Science Center (standard admission required).

To celebrate the Blue Man Group exhibit at Orlando Science Center, we’ve brought back some of our favorite musical instrument makers, and will be teaching the Arduino electronic platform which can be used to create electronic music and much, much more. We’ll also have some of the latest personal 3D printers onsite making fun things from plastic.

Arduino classes are free, and all equipment is provided. Registration for classes is onsite only, and first-come, first-served. Please arrive and register early to ensure your spot. Arduino classes are recommended for ages 8 and up. Adult supervision required.

Announcing Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2013!!

We are VERY excited to announce a new partnership to bring Orlando Mini Maker Faire to Orlando Science Center starting in 2013!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at Orlando Science Center and will feature many of the amazing Makers from our inaugural event, new Makers from within our community, AND Maker-focused exhibits from Orlando Science Center.

In the coming weeks, we will start accepting applications for Maker exhibits, workshops, talks, and performances.

For information on becoming an Orlando Mini Maker Faire sponsor, please email info@makerfaireorlando.com

Stay tuned!

 

Stay Tuned!

We are still hard at work to bring you an even better Orlando Mini Maker Faire in 2013.

The event will be held in the fall at an exciting new location – but we can’t announce it quite yet…thank you for your patience as we finalize all the agreements!

While you are waiting for the announcement, go back and check out some of these great videos from the 2012 event!