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


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

Call for Makers 2014!

Calling all Makers!

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 we’ll open maker registration for Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014!

The feedback from last year’s event was loud & clear – you wanted 2 days and even more makers, so we are making it happen!

We love exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things. Here are just a few exhibit ideas we’d love to see at Orlando Mini Maker Faire 2014:

  • Student Projects
  • Robotics
  • Arduino Projects
  • Raspberry Pi Projects
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Inventors
  • Interactive Art Projects
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Fighting Robots (We’ll have an arena again!)
  • Underwater Robots
  • Electronics
  • Nerdy Derby Races
  • Wood Craft Projects
  • Recycled/Upcycled Projects
  • Power Racing Vehicles
  • Much, much more!

Check back this weekend for registration information!

Orlando Sentinel Covers Orlando Mini Maker Faire

Photo Credit: Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel

Photo Credit: Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel

Did you see Orlando Sentinel’s coverage of Orlando Mini Maker Faire from this past Saturday?

Click here to read the article.


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 and we will make arrangements to get it from you!

Maker Gabriel Anzziani Launches Oscilloscope Watch on Kickstarter

oscilliscope watchOrlando Mini Maker Faire Maker Gabriel Anzziani is back on Kick Starter, this time with his Oscilloscope Watch, “The watch for the electronic geek.”

What’s not to love?! The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch – time, calendar, alarm  -  combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab  - Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter – because who doesn’t need an oscilloscope on his or her wrist?

“The idea itself of an oscilloscope watch was suggested by some customers a couple of years ago,” says Gabriel. ” But I took the idea seriously a couple of months ago after visiting a friend. He had a home automation control box that was not working. We opened it up but we had no way test it. I thought that a guy that designs and sells oscilloscopes should always have one on him. The idea of the oscilloscope watch came back to me and I started the design.”

You can check out the details on KickStarter at, and see a prototype watch at Gabriel’s booth at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

Gabriel will also be sharing his insights as a member of the  OMMF Crowdfunding Panel, at 2pm in the Imagination Classroom.  The Oscilloscope Watch is the third KickStarter campaign he’s run , with both his previous campaigns – the XProtolab Portable Oscilliscope and the Xminilab Portable Oscilloscope  bringing in double his campaign goals!

Way to go, Gabriel!


OSC & LI4E Team to Bring Cardboard Challenge to Orlando Mini Maker Faire!

OSC.The Orlando Science Center, host of the 2nd annual Orlando Mini Maker Faire, is teaming up with Learning is for Everyone ( , an experiential learning organization based in Tampa, to host the Global Cardboard Challenge during the Orlando Mini Maker Faire.

cardboard challengeInspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities  can play in fostering it.  October 5th is the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day, a fitting opportunity for communities everywhere to come together to play, and a great complement to the Orlando Mini Maker Faire being held on that day – the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth, and the world’s greatest creative playground!

The Global Cardboard Challenge:
• engages children in creative play
• fosters creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork
• gives children an opportunity to explore their interests and passions, and make things that have an impact on others
• provides a platform for communities to actively foster and celebrate child creativity and
• increases global happiness and makes for a happier, more playful world!

J.J. Leissing, the Director of Visitor Experience at Orlando Science Center, says of the Cardboard Challenge, “We want this to be an opportunity for even the littlest learners to be able to build and make something. Using cardboard boxes they will be able to construct and build a whole city out of cardboard amongst cars, trains and planes in our All Aboard exhibit. Creativity is a central theme of this activity. ”

And creativity is at the center of everything Learning is for Everyone doesLogo with URL.  With a mission to support the Curiosity Driven Life, LI4E works to change culture from passive consumption to active creation, through efforts like the development of Community Innovation Centers, ROBOCON Tampa Bay, – a large scale FIRST robotics showcase – TEDxYouth@TampaBay, and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, as well as through “pop up” creative ventures like the Deconstruction and Red Bull Creation.

Visit the Orlando Science Center online to learn more about all the great programs and events they host and organize, and join us at the All Aboard area at OSC to let your creativity run wild in our collaborative Cardboard Challenge!

Click the image to see the story of the Cardboard Challenge…


Unlocking the Secrets of Lockpicking at Lockpick Village

Jax Locksport , a chapter of TOOOL, The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers, is hosting Lock Pick Village at this year’s Orlando Mini Maker Faire.  The group, which meets monthly in Jacksonville, teaches Information Security professionals and hobbyists the art of lock picking.

“For hobbyists, lock picking is seen as a fun challenge, like solving a complex, mechanical puzzle, ” says Jess Hires, of Jax Locksport. ” There are certainly some locks more difficult than others, and it even begins to become a hunt for new challenging locks to add to the collection. For those in the Information Security field, lock picking can be a valuable asset on a Penetration Test, where a team of hackers are hired to break into a company’s infrastructure to reveal security holes.”

While the group caters to the Information Security crowd, Hires notes that there has often been some overlap with the Maker crowd,  and that they’d like to make the craft of lock picking  accessible to hobbyists and beginners.

At the Lock Pick Village, Jax Locksport will be showing several presentations on how to pick locks, and will help guests get some hands-on experience.

“We think lock picking is important, because it educates the public about the security mechanisms we rely on every single day such as our homes and vehicles, ” says Hires. ” Understanding what makes these machines work, how they can be broken, and how they can be manipulated, will make us all more secure in the long-run. And for those who just enjoy the art of lock picking, it can be a very calming hobby.”

Come unlock the secrets of lock picking with Jax Locksport at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th!


Guest blogger, Terri Willingham,  is founder and Program Director of Learning is for Everyone ( and has been lead curator and promoter  for TEDxYouth@TampaBay since 2010, and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012 and 2013, as well as lead organizer of Gulf Coast Makers.  She is also the Regional Director for FIRST STEM education programs in Central Florida.   And she likes  making stuff!

Event Coverage: Gabotronics

Orlando Mini Maker Faire Sponsor Gabotronics has a blog post showing off their booth, including a video of their Xprotolab demonstrations – check it out!

Here’s a quick sample…


Go read the full post… (I love the pic where you can’t see the Gabotronics booth because all the people are in front of it!)

Event Coverage: Awesome Photos by Ali

Meet Alicia –  she’s one of the amazing volunteers that helped bring Maker Faire to Orlando.

Ali, or “NiftyBA” as you’ll see on her blog, took lots of “behind the scenes” photos which helped commemorate the day for the organizers & volunteers.

She has a great eye for design and color, which will be very obvious when you check out her photobucket for the event.

Ali and her husband Bill are members of FamiLAB, so you’ll also see lots of great shots of the FamiLAB booth & crew…

Huge thanks to Ali for taking & sharing all these great photos (there are 400+ in the photo bucket, go take a look!)


Event Coverage: Photos and video from Hackerspace Titusville and Backyard Workshop

Ron Thompson from Hackerspace Titusville and Jamie Cunningham from Backyard Workshop paired up at Orlando Mini Maker Faire to show off 3d printers, discuss other CNC tools, and give an aluminum casting demonstration.

Ron created this video from their pictures – make sure you check out the skull they cast from aluminum at the event!

If you click through to Youtube, you can also get the details about the music playing with the video, it is from Jamie’s band “Big Moon Rocket”…