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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Art Bike ProjectMike Zeitz made this tall bike as part of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire art bike project.
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John FosterJohn Foster makes lightweight electric/pedal powered vehicles out of sustainable & reused materials. He will be bringing a very cute three wheeled, three person “retro” styled pedal/electric powered velomobile to the faire.
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Professor Bob Schneeveis, Daisy the Solar Powered TricycleMade in California by master inventor and fabricator Professor Bob Schneeveis from the medical department of Neurobiology at Stanford University, Daisy resides in Vancouver at the eatART hangar. Daisy is the world’s largest solar powered tricycle.
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Grass Frame Works LtdGrass Frame Works makes bamboo bicycle frames and offer a course through which others can build their own frame in Vancouver. They will be bringing bamboo frames, bicycles, and a bit of a surprise to the Maker Faire 2012. Driven by a need for local, innovative, and sustainable manufacturing, their skill set includes the ability to work with wood, composites, and metal.
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Ginger MacDonald, Friendship Bee Fine ArtsGinger will be bringing a converted 1996 Ford Econoline van to this year’s faire. It is fully insulated, with wood paneling walls and ceiling, a built-in fold-up bed, shelves, desk & storage space. It is a demonstration of small space living, and an art project all it’s own (with all the wood paneling, it has a distinct nautical aesthetic!). She will also bring several Bicycle Dreamcatchers – a series of art pieces made out of scavenged bike wheels, with woven webs of twine in place of the spokes and hubs.
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To Catch a Bike ThiefTo Catch a Bike Thief is a new locally produced documentary web series. In this reality-based show, a team of intrepid and tech savvy cyclists develop and test new tools and technologies designed to combat bike theft in order to help cyclists understand and fight the problem of bicycle theft. They will be bringing a GPS-tracked bait bike that was designed specifically for the show. Their bait bike – once stolen – notifies the owner within seconds of being taken and begins live tracking its real-time location on a map that is accessed via a web application.
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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Art Bike ProjectMike Zeitz has spearheaded the first ever Vancouver Mini Maker Faire art bike project, where he is recruiting Makers to start decorating, building and creating custom bicycles – of all shapes and sizes. So far he’s managed to wrangle bicycle fabricators, sign decorators, and has found a pile of bicycle parts for pillaging. His overall goal is to learn how to make bicycles from old parts, meet friends, engage with Vancouver’s cycling community, and help promote Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. facebook.com/ArtBikeProject
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.