Reasons To Exhibit @ HMMF15: Makers

Young Inventors from CMHWe’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!


2014052520209Are 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!

Call to Makers Now Open!

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!

This Is Going To Be Huge!

BigRocket@CPWe 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.

We’re Famous!

(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.)

FunForAllWell…, 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.




Are You Ready For Maker Faire?

Screen-shot-2014-09-20-at-1_47_40-PMAre you ready for the Houston Mini Maker Faire? If you believe “learning” and “fun” belong in the same sentence, we are the place for you: Saturday 11/1/14, 10a – 5p @ the Stafford Centre. For first-timers, see why the most common feedback we receive is “that was amazing! I didn’t know there was anything like this!” For Maker Faire veterans, we have many new exciting exhibits plus a lot of your “old favorites”. 2014052520209Activities, learning how those cool inventions are actually built, “Science in the Movies”, craft items you can buy for special gifts, food trucks — and a lot of things we’re keeping secret so your day will be full of discovery and delight. Parking is free and traffic is quick too! Click here for a full listing of exhibits, vendors, shows/presentations and food trucks.
make-your-own-soapWe’ll see you at Houston Mini Maker Faire!



Get Ready To Munch!

IMG_4273smlIMG_4280smlWhen you’re putting on Houston’s outstanding exhibition of creativity, invention and inspiration, you’ve got to have excellent food to go along with it. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce these amazing food trucks plan to be at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday at the Stafford Centre:
  • The Waffle Bus,
  • Monster PB&J,
  • Zeapod Cakery,
  • Mr. Sizzles Curbside,
  • Le’s Baget,
  • Koagie Hots
  • Skratch Food Truck.


And we ordered up some fabulous weather too! Come on out and feed your mind and inspire your taste buds!



Support Your Local Makerspace

Support your local makerspace — those cool places where you can get together with other innovative creative people and share resources, ideas and projects. Makerspaces large and small will be a feature of this year’s Houston Mini Maker Faire, with several emerging ones on display. Check them out and see how they can help you and your family take the next step in Making!
   Makerspaces planning to appear at Houston Mini Maker Faire (and their typical interest areas) include:
- Creatorspace (NASA/Clear Lake/Webster)
- Houston Makerspace (Central Houston)
- post studio projects (Central Houston)
- Proto Makerspace (Spring / The Woodlands)
- Techno Chaos (SW & West Houston / Sugar Land / Fort Bend County, with a special focus on youth)
- TX/RX Labs (Houston)




Get Ready for Maker Faire!

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We have an amazing Houston Mini Maker planned for you, including the award-winning “Science in the Movies“.  This will be the most informative and inspirational event of the year in Houston, with exhibits and activities for ages 4 through 104.

Here are our top actions to help you prepare to visit us at the Stafford Centre on Saturday November 1:

Overview of the full exhibit line-up

Purchase advance tickets online for the best discounts (info)

Volunteer to help and get free entry to Maker Faire

Teachers Get In Free!

Why Attend The Houston Mini Maker Faire?

MF13_Stickers_WeAreAllMakersLet’s get right to the point: we were all born to be learners and creators, but sometimes this gets lost in the rush and distractions of modern life. If you want to get back in touch with your inner passion to learn / create / design / build / make, Maker Faire is the place for you! Here you can see real projects, real experiences and activities, made by real people who might even live on your street. While there are some cool things to purchase if you want, Maker Faire is outstandingly about learning and doing. If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire before, you’ve never seen anything like this! Simply put, this will be the most informative and inspirational event of the year in Houston.

Key signs you’re ready for Maker Faire:

  • You’ve heard about cool things Makers are doing and want to learn how to do it yourself
  • Your attention span is longer than 6 seconds or 140 characters
  • You’re sure there’s more to life than what you can see on a screen
  • You’ve heard about some amazing new tech thing and you want to see it for real
  • You’re a student and you want to actually use, apply and experience things you’ve learned in the classroom
  • You fear going to exhibitions and shows because you don’t want to be chased by people trying to sell you things

 Click here for a full list of exhibits, activities and events at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre.

Click here to purchase tickets (maximum discounts are in effect through 10/24/14)

Maker Intro #11: “Science in the Movies” Headlines HMMF14!

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’re back to announce we will present multiple showings of “Science in the Movies” at this year’s Houston Mini Maker Faire! Presented live and in person by Steve Wolf, an active stunt and special effects professional and recent winner of a national “STEM Presenter of the Year” award, this show is a fascinating in-person exploration into how science and engineering are used to create the effects that thrill us in movies.
Come see how “fun” and “learning” really do go together!
(There’s no extra charge to attend this show, set in the Stafford Centre’s excellent Theatre facility.)