Thanks again to all the makers, exhibitors and attendees who helped us make Houston Mini Maker Faire 2016 an amazing event! Please check out these posts for selected highlights (sorry, but there were so many things going on we can only talk about a few of them here). Stay tuned for more info and insights into the future of the Maker Movement in Houston!
When’s a good time to start innovating? Now! Who can be an innovator? You! Where’s a good place to get started innovating? A local makerspace! You’ve probably noticed that technology has become both very powerful and highly empowering. Using your creativity and this powerful technology, YOU can become one of the world’s leading innovators! And a great place to get started is a local makerspace, with experience, resources, tools and — especially — community to help you take those first steps into uncharted territory. Check out this blog now, then come learn about the amazing vibrant growing makerspace scene around Houston at Houston Mini Maker Faire (@ GRB 11/12-13) — then start planning how to realize your most creative ideas….
We invite all exhibitors who have already registered to participate in Houston Mini Maker Faire 2016, or are thinking about doing so, to attend the planning and information session from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz St, Houston). People planning to help as Maker Faire volunteers are invited too. Click here to get more information about this meeting.
So many exciting and new things are in the works for Houston Mini Maker Faire 2016! We’ve begun our coverage of exhibit content on the Event Info tab — check it out and check back often to see the storyline unfold. This is a truly “buzz-worthy” event about creativity and innovation in Houston — the kind you’ll say “oh wow — I wish I’d been there” if you miss it. So plan now to attend on 11/12-13 at the GRB in downtown Houston, and get advance purchase discounts on your tickets while they’re still available — we’re doing everything we can to avoid an epidemic of forehead-slapping the day after Maker Faire in Houston!
We’re growing Houston Mini Maker Faire into important new areas this year — including a pitch competition to demonstrate how ideas can be developed from inspiration to reality! As a collaboration between Houston Community College (HCC) and Innovation Spark (the local Maker Faire organizer), the IDEAS Pitch Competition invites all students of high school age or older to explore and propose innovative approaches to answering pressing sustainability and societal needs.
Do you have ideas to make Houston and the world a better place that you’ve been wanting to act on? Perhaps as a business, a charitable activity, or a product or service? But you’d like some help to make them happen, perhaps mentoring, coaching, or a reality-check with the marketplace? Then this is the event for you! You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve with this kind of support — and there are some great prizes too! So we invite you to get involved — the first session happens on 10/22.
Each of the 3 build-up events will be informative and inspirational, including Tech Faires with plenty to learn. They’re also a great way to visit HCC campuses around Houston to see how this local college is building for the future. We recommend attendance and participation in all of them — and they’re all free to attend! Get involved and show the “Power of Houston”!
Houston is the city of “Can Do”, full of inventors, engineers and ideas! But getting an idea from the drawing board to the market can be a daunting task. To break through these challenges and help the Houston community build the future, we’re introducing a new exhibit to Maker Faire: the “Power Up! Houston” Pavilion! This centralized exhibit will bring together suppliers and manufacturers with entrepreneurs and inventors. Representing a cross section of Houston small-batch manufacturers, parts and materials suppliers, the Pavilion participants aims to educate attendees on the services they provide, what is required to submit jobs, and the best way to leverage their services.
There is a strong growing need for local prototyping and manufacturing services coming from makers, inventors and startups. The point of this Pavilion is to include you as manufacturers and suppliers in development of this community (which will lead to more business) and to give you the opportunity to develop a clear understanding of this emerging local market. So, if you’re a “supply-side” provider of project manufacturing and services, register to exhibit in the Pavilion and get connected with the future of Houston. If you’re a do-er with big ideas, whether crafter, artist, inventor, maker or entrepreneur, attend Houston Mini Maker Faire for this empowering access to people who can help you achieve your ambitions.
Click here for more info about the Power Up! Houston Pavilion.
Who has the most fun at Houston Mini Maker Faire? Our Makers and exhibitors, of course! If you want to connect with the energy and inspiration of Maker Faire, while at the same time doing something very important for the future of the Houston metro area, come join us as an exhibitor at Houston Mini Maker Faire. Click here for more information about what’s involved and how to sign up. We will schedule in-person and video-chat info sessions all around Houston to be sure you’re fully prepared for this amazing experience, and you can always ask questions. Let us help you make it happen! We recommend you sign up as early as possible to take advantage of our new program through which you can cover your expenses through advance ticket sales.
This year we take another leap forward for Houston as we grow to a 2-day event (11/12-13/2016) and increase our exhibit area at the George R. Brown Convention Center by 50%. Our plan is to grow this to be a leading event for Houston, Texas, the US and the world — but we will always value and support our individual exhibitors and small teams. Come help us build this amazing story together!
We’re Maker Faire so we love to show all things creative, informative, inventive and innovative! We will accept any exhibit within Maker Faire guidelines (not sure? — just ask), but here are some special focus areas for 2016 — if you can help us show and share exhibits in these areas, please let us know:
- Cool Tech: we plan to showcase a broad high-impact array of tech the Maker Movement is using and creating. The very latest tech tools and toys like: VR, AR, Internet of Things, drones (UAVs), aerospace, gaming, big data, AI, robotics, etc. Kickstarters, startups and inventions belong here too.
- Living: medical technology, sustainability, food sourcing innovation, hydroponics, aquaponics, bio science, DIY bio, tiny homes, alternative housing, green homes, custom CNC home accessories, etc.
- Cause Champions: do you have a nonprofit cause that needs help in innovation or technology to make a breakthrough? We invite you to exhibit so you can get Makers and attendees involved and see how “Houston Makes A Difference”!
Again, we welcome all creative and inventive people as fellow Makers and want you to join us for this important event. Click here for full information about exhibiting at our event and to get to the registration system (you must register to exhibit at Houston Mini Maker Faire). We will get back to you promptly to finalize arrangements.
We thank everyone who participated in and attended our recent Houston Mini Maker Faire: attendees, volunteers — and especially the sponsors and exhibitors/makers! You helped us make this an outstanding event with something for everyone, and whet our appetites for more. That’s why we’re making preparations for the 2016 event, and we plan to make it even bigger and better. We’ll announce details as soon as we can.
We have a lot to be thankful for as we look back on 2015. Please take a few minutes to check out these event highlights from the “official” makezine.com website. With 134 registered exhibits — many with multiple things to show and share — we could only cover a small fraction in this overview, but we were so impressed with everything we saw as we worked with the exhibitors and makers during the event. Thanks again — and we wish you the very best in 2016!
Whether you joined us in person on our big day (11/14/2015) or are seeing this for the first time, you’ll enjoy this overview of the recent Houston Mini Maker Faire. The video is a quick summary of many of the exhibits at our event, with a special focus on the unique content shown by Houston Community College (HCC). And, frankly, we just can’t get enough of Larry the Lounge Lobster and the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir!…. ;-}
(Thanks to Gina Monteleone from Stafford Municipal/Educational TV for producing this video.)
Thanks to everyone that joined us today. We look forward to seeing you next year.
Setup on November 13th, 2015.
Day of the Event November 14th, 2015
How Rockets Fly by Tripoli Houston Rocketry Club
Startup Show Case – Arovia
Note: this link has been revised to show the updated design of this product. Like all tech-based products under development, there have been many improvements from the initial demo prototypes. Click here to see the latest design and follow this exciting team at Arrovia.io .