Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect, and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.
The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2011 celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world, including the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
To promote the faire, Mike Zeitz has been assembling and decorating tall bikes as part of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire art bike project. Leading up to the faire you can expect to see these ornate creations riding around town.
About Vancouver Mini Maker Faire:
When: June 23-24, 2012
Where: Pacific National Exhibition forum building accessible from Hastings and Renfrew
Vancouver Mini Maker Faire was founded by the combined skillset of local Makers from Vancouver Hack Space (VHS), and supported by eatART and the Vancouver Community Lab. In the inaugural year, there were close to 3,000 attendees, and nearly 100 Makers.
Building on the succes of 2011, organizers have founded Maker Foundation, a non-profit society aimed at curating Maker events, and facilitating Maker projects around the city of Vancouver. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire has moved to a bigger venue this year – the PNE Forum.