Makerspaces are places where knowledge and tools are shared and community is built. Where you can go to create and invent using the latest cool technologies and/or traditional crafts, or just hang out with really inspirational people and learn new things. See why people think a Makerspace is where you can build your mind and creativity like you build your body and health at a gym. Maker Faire is the one event of the year where you can walk up to and visit with every public Makerspace in the Houston area to learn more about them. Makerspace locations are shown on the Houston-area map above. Click on the Makerspace name for a link to their website; click on the map to see a larger clearer version.
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We’ve been working to get information published about what we plan to have for you to see and do at Houston Mini Maker Faire (purchase tickets at advance discount pricing through 10/25). You can find our excellent starting list on the Event Info page. But to understand that info better, here’s a description key for the “Maker Category” column (listed here in alphabetical order). Review this for some idea of what you can see and do at our event and compare it to the lists at Event Info to understand what specific Maker/Exhibitors plan to show:
- 3D Printing: this core tool of Making and smart manufacturing will be extensively on display with applications, products and education
- Activities: hands-on activities for attendees are planned
- Aircraft: flying machines other than rockets and UAVs.
- Arts: hand-made items usually on a larger scale using different media than Crafts
- Cosplay Making: a modern update to crafting arts using new materials and technologies for costumes and disguise
- Crafts: the traditional hand-made arts; expect to see an interesting variety here, including holiday-themed items
- Developers: coding/programming is Making when it’s creative and inventive. Demos and learning sessions across a wide variety of languages and platforms will be in the mix.
- Engineering: we have abundant real-world examples of how to apply engineering in hobbyist, educational and professional contexts, and you can talk to the people who did it
- Entertainment: some things are just for fun!
- E-Textiles: the exciting combination of technology and clothing — for decoration, communication, health monitoring, and more.
- Games: people have been creatively designing games for thousands of years, and Makers are still doing it now. Some Makers will let you play with their games.
- Girls in STEM: these Makers provide practical examples and recommendations for girls excelling in STEM education.
- Hobbies: a favorite form of Making for generations, we plan to have many different hobbies for you to see and learn from.
- Health: developments related to medicine, bioscience and health monitoring, including wearable tech and devices
- Items For Sale: it’s not necessary to spend another dime after you get into Maker Faire, but there will be many amazing things made by Makers available to purchase if you’re so inclined, and we do expect some holiday-themed items too.
- IoT: we’re just at the beginning of the Internet of Things revolution — come see inventions, components and tools that Makers and inventors are working with in this world-changing space.
- Kickstarter: many great ideas and businesses are launched with this service now — talk to people who have used it and learn from their experience.
- Makerspace: communities and places for sharing knowledge and tools; a hotbed for 21st century invention and startups.
- Maker Services: services such as rapid prototyping, contract 3D printing and such to help Makers and engineers turn ideas into products
- Makerspace/Maker Tools: makerspaces need smart advanced tools, and many leading-edge examples will be on display
- Microcontrollers (aka “Arduino/RPi”): Arduino, Raspberry Pi, TI Launchpad, BeagleBone, Snapdragon — these small but power computer systems are bringing “power to the people”, fueling inventions and creativity. We’re including electronics in this category too.
- Minecraft: one of the most popular video games ever, and also a useful tool for STEM education including programming, 3D design, robotics, etc.
- Presentation: many presentations will be offered covering a range of how-to and learnings-gained topics
- Robotics: a pillar of hands-on learning and STEM education, there will be a huge variety of robots on display, ranging from simple basic models to large, powerful, complex models.
- Rocketry: building and launching rockets large and small
- Science: check out these exhibits for practical examples of how science knowledge was developed and used.
- Space: citizen science is reaching into space as new technologies and developments put space within the reach of private teams. Includes near-space/upper-atmosphere projects.
- Sponsor: these Makers and businesses are investing strongly in the future skills and viability of the community — please visit their booths and show your appreciation!
- Sports: technology is making inroads into everything, including improving the safety and performance of athletes. Jocks and geeks of the world unite!
- Startup: small new businesses with innovative products and concepts. Many are born in the Maker Movement or with Maker Tools. Showcasing startups is a focus for our event this year. Come talk to the teams and see their brilliant inventions.
- Sustainability: Making the planet a better place to live and addressing future basic human needs using innovative ideas, systems and products. Includes “Renewables”.
- STEM Education: many Makers and exhibits will show practical methods and examples of how to increase the engagement in and impact of STEM education for grades K-12.
- Teacher Education: inspirational teachers build the future, and we want to inspire and equip you to help your students gain 21st century skills. Maker Faire is full of education information and resources, and check out our high-tech education sessions (we recommend advance sign-up [schedule is pending at this time] ).
- UAV: short for “unmanned aerial vehicle”, this is the code word for drones, quadcopters, multirotors and such. Exciting, controversial, high tech, useful, fun…. There will be an indoor “Drone Zone” where you can see real UAVs in action, so if you ever wanted to learn about this tech craze in person, this is the place!
- Urban Gardening: another area where tech and Making are having a big impact.
- Vehicles: inventions and creations that move on the ground and water — there’s a high-tech wave of invention happening here too.
- Young Makers: these outstanding Makers are 18 or younger and provide abundant proof that hands-on real-world projects amplify the impact of STEM education and build the skills that will lead in the 21st century.
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Makers and their interesting exhibits are the fuel for this amazing event. We’re excited to say many new and amazing Makers have registered to exhibit at Houston Mini Maker Faire — but Hall B3 at the GRB Convention Center is HUGE so we still have room for you to show your creation! We’ve put together a full info guide to tell you everything you need to know about participating in our event — so click here to check it out and keep working on finishing your project. There are 3 weeks left in the “Call to Makers” for the Houston Mini Maker Faire, so please register by October 16th. (And, if you just want to attend to soak in all the creative energy and inspiration, you can purchase tickets now at great discounts!)
We’ve begun to list the Makers, Exhibitors and Vendors planning to participate in the Houston Mini Maker Faire 2015. It’s still a work in progress, but check out the list as it grows on the “Event Info” page. Check back often!
We really appreciate everyone who wants to be a Maker/Exhibitor at Houston Mini Maker Faire, because your ingenuity and passion are helping us spread the inspiration for imagining, creating and doing throughout the Greater Houston Area! So we’re doing everything we can to make this simple and fun for you. Here’s a summary of what’s involved in being a Maker/Exhibitor in this event:
- Be a Maker by making one or more interesting projects, activities or items to share with the attendees (or items to sell)
- Plan ahead to be at the event at GRB Hall B3 all day Saturday 11/14/2015
- Register by 10/16/2015 so we allocate booth space for you
- Attend one of the Maker orientation sessions we’ll arrange in October to help you prepare (Maker Faire veterans can skip this)
- (Optional) Prepare any information materials (e.g., brochures, hand-outs, banners) and/or hands-on activities you want to have at your booth
- Pay the utility service fees in advance (electrical hookup if needed) or at the event (Internet wifi). Note: we’re working on ways to further reduce these fees for non-commercial exhibitors. The event is covering all the other costs.
- If you’re a commercial seller, pay the appropriate booth fees
- Arrange for help in your booth if needed (the event can provide short-term assistance for bio breaks and such, if needed). All booth volunteers get into the event free!
- Set-up on Friday (9 am – 9 pm) or Saturday morning; be ready by 9 am in any case
- Be ready to have amazing fun from 10 am – 5 pm as you interact with many many people young and old who are interested in what you did and how you did it. Share with them the Joy of Making. This is what Maker Faire is all about — be prepared to be energized and inspired yourself!
- Take care of yourself during the event — have some water and get some snacks during the day. And if you arranged help, get out when you can and look at what other Makers have done and talk to them too. Make connections and get ideas for your next cool project!
- Take pics and blog and post throughout the day.
- At 5 pm when the event closes, take a deep breath and a few minutes to think about all you did and learned during one incredible day!
- Then it’s time to pack up and head out — the goal is to be out by 8 pm, 9 at the latest.
- Get home safely and get some rest. And then blog and post some more the following day while all the buzz and excitement about the event is going on. Tell the world something big happened in Houston and that’s it’s coming again in 2016!
- Respond to the Maker Event Survey you receive by email the week after the event.
Thanks again from all your fellow volunteers in the Houston Mini Maker Faire team!
Tickets are now available here for the Houston Mini Maker Faire 2015, to be held on Saturday, Nov 14th at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. We’ve reduced ticket prices by 33% to 50% to make this inspirational and educational event accessible to more people, and are offering early-bird purchase discounts up to an additional 25% through Oct. 25th! Plus we’re continuing the “teachers get in free” program. Make your plans now to attend this energizing event, and tell your friends. We will post many updates about the exhibitions and activities in the event here and on Facebook. Stay tuned!
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We’re so excited to see the Maker registrations coming in. A great mix of new interesting exhibits — along with many of the “old favorites”. And it’s just getting started!
Are you thinking about joining us as a Maker exhibitor? We still have plenty of room for you! Whether you have old-world craftsmanship, art, urban gardening, special food items (not for sale, though), handiwork, sewn items, e-textiles, blown or stained glass, wood work, hobby models, science projects, inventions, machines, art cars or vehicles, old tech, new tech, or any other type of creation you or a small team have built, Maker Faire is the place to show it and share it with Houston. Here are our top reasons for exhibiting at Maker Faire:
- You’ve made something cool and you just want to show it to others, whether it’s to inspire, stimulate thought, get feedback — or even to brag! If you cared about it while you made it, it will fit right in at our event. Hint: even the 50th time you hear “that’s so cool!” it’s still exhilarating!
- You know the joy and satisfaction of being a Maker and you want to inspire others to get involved in this virtuous cycle of learning, dreaming and doing.
- You have Maker-type skills that you want to share with more people through demonstrations and examples so they can build interesting and useful projects too.
- You want to invest in the community and help it build the “21st Century” skills the Maker Movement exemplifies.
Go ahead — take the leap — and join us as a Maker exhibitor at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on 11/14/2015. You can register on the Maker tab of this website. And if this is your first Maker Faire as an exhibitor, we’ll make sure you’re prepared to have a fantastic day with us!
We are pleased to announce the “Call to Makers” for the Houston Mini Maker Faire 2015 is now open! This is our official registration process for anyone wanting to exhibit at the event on 11/14/2015. Whether you’re an established maker with something grand to share, or someone new to making who wants to make that bold leap into the “show and tell” part of Maker Faire, please click here to access the online registration form. There’s no cost to register, and we recommend you do it as soon as possible. Thanks in advance for helping us make this an outstanding Maker Faire for Houston!
We are excited to announce the next Houston Mini Maker Faire will be on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Hall B3 of the George R. Brown Convention Center. After listening to attendees from our previous Faires, and extensive discussion with the Maker community and our sponsors and supporters, we came to the conclusion it had to be at the GRB!
The move to GRB gives us the space to put on a huge show Maker-Faire style, with invention, creativity and activity everywhere. There will be many more things to see and do and larger exhibitions. Come see what’s going on in making, DIY, crafting, hands-on STEM education and much more around the Greater Houston Area and beyond. So whether you want to exhibit, attend or volunteer, mark 11/14 on your calendar and make plans to be at the Houston Mini Maker Faire for a huge Texas-size helping of inspiration! Check back here often for full updates in the near future.
(Note: Everything from this point on applies to the 2014 Houston Mini Maker Faire. See the posts above for info about this year’s event.)
Well…, almost. But there’s a great photo blog of the Houston Mini Maker Faire posted on the main Maker Faire website. This set of 12 pics shows many of the event highlights.
Also, Alyssa Foley, a reporter from Houston Community College, published this write-up about our event.