The Maker Effect Foundation produces Maker Faire Orlando, and we will readily admit that we are data nerds. One of the benefits of producing Maker Faire is that we get to learn – a lot. We try new tools, new marketing techniques, and get to measure the results in realtime. We use our analytics to compete with ourselves (year-over-year results) – and to gauge the performance of marketing efforts so that we know what to do more of next year, and well NOT do next year!
We invested significant time in MakerFaireOrlando.com this year to give each Exhibit and Maker their own page as well as to make sure that it was all social sharable – and were very interested to see how the site performed in the weeks leading up to the event, and on the days of the event.
Here are some of the early results – we hope they help others producing Maker Faire events (or any event) – we’d love your questions at email@example.com – we will find the answers to your questions (if we have them!) and update this post as we do more analysis.
Orlando 3D printer manufacturer DeltaMaker, The Maker Effect Foundation, and Orlando Science Center were proud to award a DeltaMaker 3D printer package to Erika and Tim Remley.
From left to right: Bob Houston of DeltaMaker, Tim and Erika Remley winners of the DeltaMaker 3D printer, Candy Cole of The Maker Effect Foundation, Angella Van Gelder and Kevin O’Neil from Orlando Science Center.
The Remley family are Orlando Science Center members and have attended Maker Faire Orlando for the past 3 years. They were excited to learn that one of their tickets was selected as the winner for the 3D Printer giveaway and are already thinking about how to use the DeltaMaker for halloween masks for their children.
Congratulations to the Remley family – we can’t wait to see what they create with their new DeltaMaker!
For more information on DeltaMaker 3D printers with all-metal construction and full wireless control, visit their website at http://www.deltamaker.com.
We are setup and ready for a great Maker Faire Orlando weekend!
Tips: Plan ahead for parking, get tickets in advance to avoid the lines, check the schedule, get the apps, and start your day at our newest location, the Orlando Museum of Art (you can start at OMA, even if you don’t have your tickets yet)!
Thanks to Maker Faire Orlando sponsor Skycraft Parts & Surplus, we are giving away five $100 Gift Cards this week!
Details and Entry here: Maker Faire Orlando Giveaways
Local Mayor Learns to Solder
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2015) — In preparation for the upcoming Maker Faire Orlando on September 12 and 13, 2015, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs became a Maker by learning the basics of soldering as she created her own LED Makey pin.
“The Maker Faire is a great opportunity to promote the culture of creativity and innovation that are the hallmarks of Orange County,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “I’m very excited that the Maker Faire will again be held at our Orlando Science Center – the third year in a row that they will be hosting this incredibly enriching and fun event!”
Local Maker and event producer Jessica Eson King came to the Mayor’s office and taught Mayor Jacobs how to solder using the “Learn to Solder Skill Badge Kit” that has been used to teach thousands of people of all ages how to solder at Maker Faires across the country.
Maker Faire Orlando guests will be able to create their own Makey pins in the “Learn to Solder” workshop at the event. Once complete, they will have a great blinky robot that they can wear proudly!
Maker Faire Orlando is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth and will be bigger than ever this year! For the third consecutive year, Maker Faire Orlando will be hosted at Orlando Science Center in partnership with the Maker Effect Foundation and, for the first time ever, will include exhibit space at the Orlando Museum of Art and host The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar! The family-friendly event will feature more than 250 local Makers who specialize in DIY science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, hands-on activities and more.