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The inaugural New Orleans Mini Maker Faire was a success!

On Saturday, April 5th 2014, the inaugural New Orleans Mini Maker Faire was held at the Lyons Recreation Center. Over 1,000 attendees explored the exhibits and activities put on by 35 makers and maker groups featuring the best that New Orleans has to offer. Considering that this was the first year that a mini maker faire has been held in New Orleans, the event went off smoothly and was very well received!

There was something for everyone there. One of the most popular events amongst the young maker crowd was the Maker Krewe room. Maker Krewe  facilitates gatherings of young, creative makers who desire the time, tools and expertise necessary to solve meaningful hard problems; their workshop room was filled the entire day with enthusiastic makers creating circuits, robots, vehicles, or anything they could think up. In addition to Maker Krewe, there were plenty of other opportunities for kids to create and get their hands dirty, including tie-dying clothes, creating (and playing) musical instruments, writing programs in Scratch, and much more.

For older makers, there were also many interesting exhibits, talks, and entertainment. Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent to Learn, gave a great talk, “Why Can’t School be More Like Maker Faire?” Three of New Orleans’ maker groups and maker spaces were showing off their projects: Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball, Makers of NO, and IDIYA. Some of the highlights included using a Nintendo Entertainment System to compose music, a hacked pinball machine, and CNC machines and 3D printers galore. In addition to the local maker groups, some of the maker highlights included headtracking first-person video goggles displaying video from a camera mounted on a drone, hands-on pen turning on a mini lathe, and also some amazing interactive art by ArtTransitAuthority and The Bally Who?.

There were way too many great exhibits and activities to be able to list them all here. Our makers went all out in providing great content and activities, and inspiring great conversations. Based on the enthusiasm of both the attendees and the makers, the first New Orleans Mini Maker Faire was a resounding success, and will only get bigger and better in the years to come.

Tips for Attending Maker Faire

The inaugural New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will be held tomorrow, Saturday April 5th, 2014, 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 Lyons Recreation Center (weather permitting). Also, you may encounter and make things involving robots, bubbles, soldering irons, LED lights, sewing, water balloons and more!

Check out our lineup of makers, talks, entertainment, and food!

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 talks and performances, including a very special guest, Sylvia Martinez, co­author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the ClassroomSylvia will be presenting the topic “Why Can’t School Be More Like Maker Faire.”

Schedule:

11:00 am: Tippy Tippens (Matter NOLA): “Introduction to Slipcasting”. Location: BCM Room
11:30 am: ­ Travis Andrews (Propeller): “Technology and Public Relations: Marketing your Tech to Journalists (Q&A)”. Location: BCM Room
12:00 pm: Brown Coat Brass Band (Krewe of Chewbacchus). Location: Main auditorium
12:30 pm: ­ Kody Najarian (Advanced Magnetic Propulsions): “Intro to 3D Printing”. Location: BCM Room
1:30 pm: ­ Sylvia Martinez: The co­author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom“Why Can’t School Be More Like Maker Faire.” Location: BCM Room
2:00 pm: Noisician Coalition. Location: Main auditorium
2:30 pm: ­ Cole Wiley and Michael Cousins (Wiley Cousins): “Open Source Hardware and Software, and Why It Matters”. Location: BCM Room

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will take place rain or shine!  In case of rain, we will be relocating our outdoor makers inside, but the majority of the event will be taking place indoors anyways. Perfect for getting out of the rain for the day!

TICKETS

Adult:  $10 (plus fees if paying with credit card)   Children under 16: Free!
There will be a line to buy tickets at the door, so buy your ticket online and skip the line!

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Some of our makers will be selling things, and we will have food options available for purchase. Most vendors should take credit cards, but we do not have an ATM on site so bring some cash to be safe.

DIRECTIONS

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will be held at the newly renovated John P. Lyons Recreation Center at 624 Louisiana Ave (map), on the corner of Louisiana and Tchoupitoulas.

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

Parking will be limited to on-street parking in the neighborhood. Please consider carpooling or taking the bus. RTA bus route 10 and route 27 both stop right at Louisiana and Tchoupitoulas.

FOOD OPTIONS

We are excited to be able to present some great food options for our attendees! Read more about them here, or check out the list:

Crêpes à la Cart: Parisian-­style crêpes filled with happiness.

Grilling Shilling: Barbeque from the best.

Pirate Pizza: Served from a pirate ship.

Lyons Center Booster Club: Support the awesome Lyons Center!

CONNECTING

AFTERPARTY

Join us after the Maker Faire at the NOLA Brewing Co.’s Tap Room for a Maker’s Happy Hour. Everyone (ove 21) is welcome to come! Located at 3001 Tchoupitoulas, the Tap Room is 5 blocks away from the Lyons Center. NOLA Brewing Co. will donate a percentage of the beer sales to our non-profit beneficiary, the Bricolage Academy.

Featured Maker: Night Shift Bikes

Matt Candler, of Night Shift Bikes, was recently profiled in a great piece by the Times-Picayune. Check it out to learn more about him and Night Shift Bikes, and then come to the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire to see their bikes, works in progress, and learn how you can convert your own bike.

Featured Makers: Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball

MysticKrewe_Mike_Perry-1080-1276Come check out Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball at the Mini Maker Faire on Saturday. Members will be showing off a variety of projects, including a modified pinball machine, music composition using a Nintendo Entertainment System, a homemade CNC machine, and more!

Partially modeled after Mardi Gras social club structures, the Mystic Krewe has it’s roots in vintage pinball machine restoration and modification, but has expanded into so much more. It’s members represent a broad range of talent and maker skills, which will be on display at the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire.

Maker Faire Lineup Announced!

We have an amazing lineup of makers, talks, and performances for you to enjoy on Saturday!  Check out the list below for projects, displays, and activities that will appeal to all ages.

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Makers:

Advanced Magnetic Propulsions: Electric conversion of a Suzuki GSXR motorcycles, built for racing against conventional gas powered bikes, will be on display.

arttransitauthority: Amsynth is a collection of poetry engines for turning video and audio into a poetic language. Participants can manipulate visual mash­ups with visual dj software.

Austin Tie Dye Co.: Learn how to tie dye clothing, as well as how to screenprint.

The bALLY who?: INTO THE WOOD is a shape­shifting, hands­on recycled cardboard multimedia theater experiment enjoyed by up to four headphoned folks at a time.

The Bubble Man: Make and use your own bubble tools, learn bubble science, and watch amazing demonstrations including the astounding bubble cube.

The Chalkboard Shop: A fun space to play and make your very own custom chalkboard magnet.

Coffee Roasting: Coffee roasting demonstrations, learn about and taste the differences in coffee roasts.

IDIYA: Learn about the latest in 3D Printing, CNC milling, and laser cutting.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus: This krewe of makers will be showing off some of their parade contraptions.

Jason Carpentier: Demonstrations of pen making and woodturning using a mini-lathe.

Jefferson Amateur Radio Club (W5GAD): Learn all about amateur radio and it’s many uses.

LSU Digital Media Center’s Cultural Computing Group: Feel force­feedback interaction with a vibrating string, play an embedded musical instrument, or telematically interact with the shape of the Mississippi River.

makers of no: A weekly meeting of makers and hackers; members will be showing off their various projects.

Matter, Design for Social Change: Hands­on activities include learning about slipcasting, and showcasing their Social Goods that give to education, literacy, and Sandy restoration.

Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball: This local maker group will be showing off some of their many projects, including a modified pinball machine, a DIY CNC machine, and creating music using the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Night Shift Bikes:We build custom electric motorcycles and bikes. Check out finished bikes, works in progress, and learn how to motorize your own bike!

Noisician Coalition: Learn the basics of rhythm & melody and hands­on instrument making. Make your own instrument and even participate in a performance!

Pirate Pizza NOLA: Pizza­making exhibitions, unique and original contraptions, and “The Pizza Maria”, a pizza vending ship.

Propeller: Providing information about the local nonprofit that helps launch social and environmental ventures to address local challenges.

Public Lab: Demonstrating open source tools for environmental exploration and investigation.

Scott Thomas: Demonstrations of an arduino­based autonomous r/c airplane, also known as a drone or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Solar Alternatives: Learn about mobile solar generators, made from off­the­shelf parts. Story Makers: Use comics, puppets and the magic of stop motion to tell your story.

Thomas Mann studioFLUX: Learn how to use a jeweler’s saw to saw precise designs out of everything from paper to steel.

Wiley Cousins: Demoing two products, clockblock and lamp. They will also be showing some of their previous work and showcasing their amazing maker skillz!

Activities for young makers:

Bricolage Academy Makers: Projects will be on display, including robots, masks with moving mechanical parts, and networks of structures.

Critter Cure: Science based exhibit about head lice, including crafts to create hair ties and cotton hats to help keep the critters away.

Cub Scouts: Come learn how to tie knots, and see demonstrations of Pinewood Derby car building and racing.

Isidore Newman School: Learn how to create and share your own interactive computer stories, games, music, and art using a programming language called Scratch.

Maker Krewe: Tools and materials are provided to young makers, but no instruction, allowing for learning through hands­on experimentation.

MakerState: Young makers will learn about simple circuits as they design their own electronic creations.

Thinkerella: Hands on activities include building straw airplanes and rocket balloon cars.

Talks:

1:30 pm ­ Sylvia Martinez: The co­author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom will be presenting the topic “Why Can’t School Be More Like Maker Faire.”

11:30 am ­ Travis Andrews (Propeller): “Technology and Public Relations: Marketing your Tech to Journalists (Q&A)”

12:30 pm ­ Kody Najarian (Advanced Magnetic Propulsions): “Intro to 3D Printing”

2:30 pm ­ Cole Wiley and Michael Cousins (Wiley Cousins): “Open Source Hardware and Software, and Why It Matters”

Performances and Entertainment:

12:00 pm ­ Brown Coat Brass Band: Performance by Chewbacchus’ in­house band.

2:00 pm ­ Noisician Coalition: The Noisician Coalition and new recruits will perform using the instruments that they have created throughout the day.

5:30 pm ­ Afterparty: Join us after the Maker Faire for a Maker’s Happy Hour at NOLA Brewing Co.’s Tap Room (3001 Tchoupitoulas, 5 blocks from the Lyons Center). A percentage of beer sales at the Tap Room will be donated to Bricolage Academy. 

Food Options:

Crêpes à la Cart: Parisian­style crêpes filled with happiness.

Grilling Shilling: Barbeque from the best.

Pirate Pizza: Served from a pirate ship.

Lyons Center Booster Club: Support the awesome Lyons Center!

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Want to be a part of the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire? Volunteer!

Volunteers help make a Maker Faire!  Around the globe, energetic teams of volunteers drive the magic that make Maker Faires so very amazing! The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is no different – we need you!  Check out http://nolamakerfaire.com/volunteers for more information!