Thanks for Attending!

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The 2015 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire was a huge success! With over 2,300 attendees and 85+ exhibiting makers, speakers, and performers, we more than doubled last year’s event by every count! From the planning team and the folks at Bricolage Academy, thank you for attending. We hope you had a great time, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Check out pictures from the event here: flickr.com/photos/nolamakerfaire

We’ve had some great media coverage of the Mini Maker Faire; for a recap of the event and even more pictures, check out these articles:

Advocate: Gadgets and gizmos inspire generations at local Maker Faire
TP: Mini Maker Faire showcases talents across a broad spectrum of age and skill
WWNO: A Playground For Innovators At The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire 
WWNO: Maker Faire Co-Founder Says New Orleans History Is Full Of ‘Makers’

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If you’d like to stay up to date with us as we plan the 2016 New Orleans Maker Faire, please subscribe to our email list on the right side column of this page, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/nolamakerfaire), and follow us on twitter (twitter.com/nolamakerfaire).  In addition to Maker Faire news, we will be announcing maker events in the community, as well as hosting several Maker Happy Hours throughout the year. So, make sure you keep in touch!

Tips for Attending Maker Faire 

The 2nd Annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will be held tomorrow, Saturday March 7th, 2015, so here’s some basic information to help orient you to the event. Get ready for an exciting day!

GENERAL

New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is a fun, casual day of exploration, learning and spectacle.  Dress comfortably – makers will be located both inside and outside of the Lavin-Bernick Center. Also, you may encounter and make things involving robots, bubbles, soldering irons, LED lights, arts & crafts, 3D printers, drones, and more!

Doors open at 10am, and the event will run until 5pm. In addition to maker exhibits, projects, and activities running all day long, the schedule for the day will feature some great talks and performances including talks by maker rockstars Jimmy DiResta and Lucas Weakley. Check out the full schedule here: http://nolamakerfaire.com/program/makers/

And of course, what would be a Maker Faire without makers? Check out the full lineup of makers here:
http://nolamakerfaire.com/program/makers/

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will take place rain or shine!  We will have maker exhibits both indoors and outdoors; the weather looks like it’s going to be sunny but cool so be sure to dress appropriately.

DIRECTIONS

The 2015 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will be held at Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center located next to the Tulane Quad near the corner of McAlister Dr and Drill Rd. While the building itself doesn’t have an address, the location can be found on Google Maps.

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

To get to the 2015 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire, please consider either using public transportation or riding a bike. For public transportation, both the St Charles Streetcar and RTA Route 15 (Freret) will get you to the event. If you would like to ride a bike, there are bike racks in between the Quad and the Lavin-Bernick Center.

Free parking will be available at the Loyola Garage, the Tulane Garage, as well as on-street parking on the Tulane campus. On campus parking is free on the weekends, with no permit or meter required (Source: Tulane PD); please do not park in marked reserved spots or along Law Rd behind the Lavin-Bernick Center.

Free Parking:
On-street: Along Newcomb Pl, Drill Rd, or McAlister Dr
Loyola Garage: Mercy Hall, Freret St at Calhoun St
Tulane Garage: Diboll Complex, Janet Yulman Way at Ben Weiner Dr

A map of parking options can be found here:
http://nolamakerfaire.com/attend/parking/

FOOD 

The food court downstairs from the Mini Maker Faire will be open until 3pm; you don’t need to be a student to purchase food there. Also, there will be a food truck, Ironsides Waffles, parked outside of the Lavin-Bernick Center.

CONNECTING

2015 Maker Lineup Announced!

The lineup for the 2015 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire has been finalized! We have a truly fantastic lineup of over 85 exhibiting makers this year including 3D printing, computer science, engineering, arts & crafts, robotics, and young maker exhibits and so much more!

We have a great lineup of speakers, including Jimmy DiResta and Lucas Weakley. For those who want to keep the Mardi Gras spirit rolling, we have the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus showing off their parade contraptions, the Krewe of Muses decorating shoes, and a chance to get up close and personal with a Laissez Boys chair. Want to play some games? Check out Ms. Gelee, a javascript platforming game or maybe challenge a computer at Rock, Paper, Scissors (protip: you’ll lose). Perhaps you’d like to help fold an oragami beetle out of a 12′ x 12′ sheet of paper, or try screenprinting, or a myriad of other arts & crafts activities. Plus, we will be featuring student projects as well as robotics teams from a number of local schools.

There are just way too many makers to be able to highlight them here. To view the full list of makers, go to http://nolamakerfaire.com/program/makers/

 

Special Guest Speakers: Jimmy Diresta and Lucas Weakley

In addition to maker exhibits, this year’s New Orleans Mini Maker Faire has an amazing lineup of great speakers for you to check out. We will have nine presentations focusing on historical, technological, and maker-centric topics. Best of all, headlining the speakers list are two well known rock stars in the maker community, Jimmy Diresta and Lucas Weakley!

Jimmy Diresta

headshotsmalerJimmy Diresta is an artist and woodworker who has become renowned for his inventive videos demonstrating projects built from scratch in his NYC shop. He combines his charisma with his innate ability to solve problems with found objects, a wide variety of tools, techniques, with sweat and bruit force. Jimmy has appeared on Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY, and FX Networks as a host and co-host. His videos have a unique style – creative, fast-paced build videos free of narration of everything from large scale commercial projects to modifying a hammer. Check out his youtube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/jimmydiresta and his webpage: http://www.jimmydiresta.com/

Jimmy Diresta will be giving a talk entitled Ask me Anything at 3 p.m. in room 201.

Lucas Weakley

photoLucas Weakley is a young Maker who has enjoyed a burgeoning following via his YouTube channel. His videos document his exploration of basic to advanced remote control model airplane building, as well as reviewing everything R/C. Lucas has demonstrated simple, inexpensive builds as well as explained more intricate ideas such as radio programming. Additionally, he is also the host of MAKE Magazine’s Maker Hangar, a video series that takes novice viewers through the steps of building a trainer remote control aircraft from scratch, from raw materials all the way through launching and flying. Check out his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Crazyinventor5531 and his webpage: http://lucasweakley.com/

Lucas will be giving a talk entitled Building Maker Hanger at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Room 201.

For details on our speakers and presentations that will be at the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire on March 7th, check out the schedule and full list at http://nolamakerfaire.com/program/speakers-performers/.

Maker Faire VIP Badges

badgeThere are a limited number of VIP Badges available for the 2015 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire. When you purchase a VIP badge, you receive a PCB board and a bag of parts that you can use to assemble the badge in our soldering room on March 7th. When fully assembled, the board consists of an arduino microprocessor, a 5v power supply, and blinky lights. The best part, however, is the protoyping breadboard at the bottom of the badge; you can use this area to attach sensors, LEDs, or really any component you can think of. That’s right, the badge is a full blown arduino, and it’s functionality is only limited by your imagination! This is a great opportunity to brush up on your soldering skills and learn arduino.
Additionally, as a VIP you are invited to get a sneak preview of the Faire at our Friday night maker preparty! And during the event on Saturday, you are also welcome to come hang out in the maker lounge and enjoy some refreshments and rest your feet for a little while.
VIP Badges are $65 and are very limited; only 40 were made and most are already spoken for. Buy yours now!! Available at https://nolamakerfaire2015.eventbrite.com