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Orlando Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Season Preview

The Orlando Sentinel just released their Arts & Entertainment Season Preview – and they featured Maker Faire Orlando! Check out the video below, the section on Maker Faire starts at 4 minutes into the video. For more media coverage of Maker Faire Orlando, check out our Media page.

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

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 makers@makerfaireorlando.com and we will make arrangements to get it from you!