Mini Maker Faire Recap

On Sunday, March 24th, the second annual Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire brought together over 400 attendees. A ‘Maker Faire’ is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments and projects. This type of event is truly unique and different from your average ‘Fair’ because Makers (exhibitors) are not allowed to sell any items. The Mini Maker Faire is meant to showcase the art of making and to highlight the many different areas of making. The Makers participating in the event were encouraged to make their booth as interactive as possible – this helps to get the attendees involved and to be able to tinker & build themselves. This event was hosted by the University of Windsor, EPICentre and the University of Windsor, School of Creative Arts (SoCA). Over 30 Makers showcased their unique and special talents. Our theme this year was to highlight the emergence of Tech & Art and everything in between. Some of the Maker exhibitors included: 3D printers, XY drawing machine, sound machines, goblin paper dolls, robot prototypes, a wheel stoneware pottery, film camp for kids, 3D augmented reality colouring, bioart, STEM cookbook, kid club entrepreneurs, woodworking, custom guitars, squishy circuits and bristle bots. A special thank you goes out to the School of Creative Arts for helping put this event together and making it a huge success. A special thanks goes to: Dr. Vincent Georgie, Director of SoCA, Lucy Howe, Make Lab Technician, Trevor Pittman, Operations Manager and Victor Romao, Visual Arts Technician. A big thank you also goes out to our planning committee members: Yvonne Pilon, CEO and President of WEtech Alliance, Justin Lafontaine, Program Lead for Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab, Chuck Stoffle, Makerspace and STEM Educator for Hetherington Public School, Nicolas de Cosson, EPIC Makerspace Lead and Founder of Lightwrks, Cathy Mombourquette, EPIC Genesis Program Manager, and Darryl Danelon, Chair of Engineering Technologies at St. Clair College. Furthermore, thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to help with the day-of activities. And a big thank you to all the Makers and exhibitors for exposing Windsor-Essex’s unique Maker community. Thank you to all of our sponsors: Make Makezine Ontario Centre of Excellence Reko International Group Inc Fast Signs ADESCO Straight Outta Windsor Podcast Check out the Windsor Star article See photo’s on Snaped See photo’s on Windsorite Visit: windsoressex.makerfaire.com