Sydney Mini Maker Faire


Thanks to Adam Fowler and Intel Australia/NZ, I had the opportunity to check out the Sydney Mini Maker Faire at the Sydney Power House Museum for free.

The Sydney Mini Maker Faire for those who have not heard of it before (like myself), has been running since 2013. It is a show and tell event presented by the Sydney Power House Museum.

The focus of the event is around technology that allows individuals to build their tech dreams; such as building their own designed and programmed robots, computers, etc. For more information, see the Sydney Mini Maker Faire website.

Summary of my Experience

Being a techie myself, I loved the event. It has been a while since I have felt so excited and ‘inspired’ from an event, I guess this is because:

  1. It has been years since I last went to this kind of event – I think it was my final year at uni, that’s a long time ago for those that don’t know me. :)
  2. It’s always uplifting to see so many young kids and adults enjoy themselves as they try to build something.
  3. It’s FREE! You can try a lot of the things for free.
  4. The stalls are from small family businesses who are really passionate about what they do.
  5. Latest tech on display. e.g. 3D printers.

There were a lot and I mean, a lot of different branded, and designs of 3D printers on display for you to both see in action, and for purchase. But the highlight for me is definitely the custom electric car conversions. They are not plug’n’play factory conversions, they’re custom conversions undertaken by the owners themselves following their own mind-map, not instruction manuals. The owner of the converted blue sedan on display told me, it took him 3 years to complete the conversion!

If you have time, I would highly recommend you go and check out the faire. You will not be disappointed.

If you want to check out the event, it’s on for one more day, tomorrow – Sunday 16th August 2015. Otherwise you’ll have to wait another year.

Photos Taken at the Faire

Figure 1. People crowding around Intel stand.
Figure 2. Steam wonderlamps on display.
Figure 3. People making steam wonderlamps.
Figure 4. Collage of home made electric car shots.
Figure 5. Collage of kids playing with various toys.
Figure 6. Collage of maker displays.
Figure 7. People trying out various products at jaycar stand.
Figure 8. Robot maze with three rover bots.
Figure 9. Intel robot and R2D2 clone.

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