Our Call for Makers is still open for the 4th Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire! We’re hoping to beat our record of 130 makers that we set last year.

Some of the projects that we had last year included:

  • Arc + Flame Welding Simulator
  • A test of strength to win some fire with Hell Blazer, The Flaming Carnival Game
  • Learning to solder your first electronics project
  • Screen printing your own Rochester Mini Maker Faire poster to take home
  • Tearing apart old electronics and see how they worked
  • Wearing a 3D printed prosthetic with e-NABLE
  • Animating your first stop-motion film
  • Piloting a drone
  • Being inspired by kid Makers, including the Rosie’s Robots, a 9 year old roboticist
  • Playing video and board games developed right here in Rochester
  • Marveling at a theme park built with K’nex
  • Creating useful items out of old cassette tapes
  • Hearing live music from the Rochester Recorder Society
  • Mixing the future with the past with the Rochester Steampunk Society and the Enchanted City Steampunk Festival from Troy
  • Picking a lock with The Open Organization Of Lockpickers
  • Driving robots with local FIRST Robotics teams
  • Making and learning with makerspaces from around Rochester and beyond
  • Preparing for the wilderness by learning outdoor survival skills
  • Launching rockets through recreational plumbing
  • Fixing bikes
  • Lighting up with holographic projections and infinity mirrors in our dark room
  • Discovering a monthly electronic kit developed in Buffalo

 

Fire projects are allowed again this year and are highly encouraged! We will also be bringing back the Dark Room, along with a few new special areas.

 

We’re accepting applications through October 23rd and then through before the faire on a maker by maker basis.

 

Apply today at https://rochester.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/.

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We had an exhibit at the New York State Faire over labor Day Weekend as part of the inaugural S.T.E.A.M. Exhibit! Thousands of attendees stopped by our booth and tried on our Big Face Boxes for the first time!

 

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We’ve had a close relationship to the Buffalo Mini Maker Faire as they were our inspiration to start the Rochester Mini Maker Faire. Attending their faire is always a treat as we love chatting with their producers and seeing the mix of Buffalo, Rochester, and Western New York makers all gathering together.

 

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While in Austin for a work conference, we were able to stay with one of the Maker Faire Austin producers and help out during their faire! Below are a few highlights from their faire.

 

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We attended the 2nd Annual Maker Faire Producers’ Summit in Miami this past weekend! All weekend, Maker Faire Producers traded tips, tricks, and stories from their own faires. It is beyond inspiring meeting others like us from all over the world, including Germany, China, Nepal, France and all over the US. Below is a great summary on the events from the weekend.

 

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2016 has been a crazy year for the Rochester Mini Maker Faire team! We attended 5 other Maker Faires, met tons of other Faires at the Maker Faire Producers Summit in SF, helped represent the NYS Maker Movement at the Nation of Makers Kickoff at the White House, participated in or first regional Burning Man event, created large art installations with the community for TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchooland the Rochester Fringe Festival, and meet hundreds of Makers throughout the Greater Rochester area and beyond. It’s been a year beyond our wildest dreams.

The other faires we attended include: Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire, Troy Mini Maker Faire, World Maker Faire New York, National Maker Faire, and the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire. We also attended the Wellsville, Penfield, and Lima Primary School Maker Faires.

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Huge thank you to everyone who attended the Rochester Mini Maker Faire today. From our initial numbers, it looks like we had around 2,000 people in attendance again! Here are some highlights from the 3rd Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire.

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Jimmy DiResta from the Making It Podcast, and of Discovery Channel & HGTV fame, will be returning to the Rochester Mini Maker Faire. He will be joined by Bill Grigg (TheMakersGuide.com and the CNC Router Tips Podcast) and Rory May (DirtySmith.com and DragonForgeLTD.com) to host a panel on Making.

 

The panel will be taking place from 11am-12pm in the Riverside Court at the faire.

 

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We will be hosting two community meetings that will be comprised of updates, including our final list of accepted Makers, volunteer information, set up and day of the faire instructions, Q & A, and time to meet your fellow local Makers. The meetings will take place at the Rochester Makerspace (map) on:

  • Thursday, November 10th, 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12th, 10:00 a.m.

The Makerspace does have a parking lot that can be accessed via Scramton St.

The same information will be covered at each meeting and posted online afterward, so don’t worry if you can’t make one.

We will also have postcards to give out to help spread the word about the faire.

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Wow!  We currently have about 120 applications.  We will be adding and updating a list of Makers as we confirm their participation.  We are looking at a much bigger event this year.  And YES, Toothpick World will be back this year!

It is not too late to submit for the call for makers, we will continue to accept Makers as space allows, and place others on a wait list if space opens up.

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