Another great turnout for our second Town Hall last week! Thank you to all who were able to join us! After some general mingling and noshing on cheesy treats, we broke up into groups. Aaron and I met with an enthusiastic group of volunteers who are interested in assisting with outreach, graphic design, Spanish translation and venue logistics among others! What a wonderfully diverse array of volunteer interest areas. It was also truly awe-inspiring to hear the different reasons folks were interested in being involved—from general curiosity, to a desire by a dad who wants to get his kids involved in the movement through volunteer action. We can’t pull this off without you, and I am so very appreciative of the willingness to take time out of your busy schedules to help us get this off the ground. Some of you have reached out to me since the Town Hall. If we haven’t connected since then, please email me at email@example.com to connect!
Cyd and Gever each met with a table of potential makers, speakers and vendors. Just to whet your palate, they spoke with a wide variety of folks from someone interested in conducting a workshop to teach kids to program iPads, to a paper-arts maker, a jewelry designer, an inventor of a (somewhat secret) kid-focused product, a lighting tinkerer, and a young maker of all sorts of contraptions!
Makers! If you haven’t already done so, please submit your entry via the Call to Makers links!
The conversation was so engaging, we forgot to snap photos! So, for another photo opportunity (and, of course, more collaboration and outreach!), we are holding another Town Hall on Tuesday December 4th from 6:00 to 7:30. Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we know who is planning to attend. And, as always, spread the word!
We are pleased to announce that the Mission Mini Maker Faire Call is officially open! Please go here to learn more and to submit your entry. And, as always, please use the “share” button to spread the word!
You can apply as a Maker, Commercial Maker (individual makers primarily selling —$125 booth fee), Workshop or Presentation, or Performer.
Here are some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:
- Kinetic & Installation Art
- Music Performance
- Hacks of Any Sort
- Homesteader Projects
- Workshops and Speakers
- 3D Printers & Digital Fabrication
- Textile Arts and Crafts
- Student Projects
- Rockets and RC Toys
- Green Tech
- Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
- Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
- Unusual Tools or Machines
- How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)
The production team is looking forward to see what our community has up its sleeves!
Tuesday October 2nd, we held our first Town Hall at Brightworks School, formally kicking off the process to bring the Mission Mini Maker Faire to life.
We had a terrific turnout of about 40 folks from makers to vendors to neighbors and those who are interested in participating or volunteering in ways yet to be determined. It was truly heartwarming to experience first-hand how Maker Faire brings people together.
Right now our top priorities are two-fold: first, getting the word out that the Call for Makers is live! If you are a maker, please get on our radar by filling out the short survey. And to all, please spread the word liberally. “Makers” come in all shapes and forms—some are strictly makers, some are maker-vendors, some are vendors, and others will offer workshops.
Our second top priority is securing venues for our Mission Mini Maker Faire (MMMF, for short). As Gever Tulley–Chief Tinkering Officer of Brightworks—explained, we strive to truly embed the MMMF in the Mission. To do so, we need to aggregate a total of about 15,000 square feet of space to accommodate our venue. Our ideal scenario is to have the Brightworks School be the speaker venue, and have 3 or 4 other spaces within a couple of blocks of the school to complete our space needs. The more space we have, the more makers we can bring on!
If you attended our Town Hall, the entire production team thanks you! For those who wanted to attend, but couldn’t, please mark your calendars that the next Town Hall will be taking place at the Brightworks School on Wednesday November 7th from 6 to 7:30pm.
Brightworks: An Extraordinary School is bringing San Francisco’s first-ever Mini Maker Faire to the Mission in January 2013. Come join us!
Makers and community members, you’re invited:
Town Hall and Community Meeting with the production team
Tuesday, October 2nd, from 6 to 7:30pm.
This is a great, informal opportunity to meet other makers and people behind the scenes, ask questions, and network. Snacks and beverages will be provided. RSVP for the meeting here, and get directions to the school.
Please come if you’re interested in participating in the Mission Mini Maker Faire as a maker, a vendor, or a volunteer (or even just curious)!
The San Francisco Brightworks school is taking the lead on the Mission Mini Maker Faire. Come ask questions, offer feedback and ideas, and learn how you can connect more of your community to the Greatest Show (and Tell!) on Earth.
The Mission Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of creativity and cool technology, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It is a one-day event filled with a variety of exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances bridging arts, crafts, science and engineering—many of them hands-on, and all of them engaging. It’s inspiring, stimulating, and fun for all ages.