Featured Maker: Andee Napiorkowski

Andee's LED cubeIn this new series of posts we’ll be featuring some of the makers that you can expect to see at the Maker Faire. Since no maker event would be complete without some awesome flashing lights, first up is Andee and his stunning 8 x 8 x 8 RGB LED cube. That’s 512 full-colour LEDs!

“It was almost like I got possessed by the spirit of the LED cube. There’s just ‘something’ about them,” he said. Andee started out assembling Jaycar kits and had never designed a circuit or written any microprocessor code before the LED cube. Not a bad first effort we reckon!

“Initially I did consider just buying a kit, but after reading as much as I could find about LED cubes and doing a few microcontroller “tutorials”, I decided it might be fun to finally try something like this for my self,” Andee told us. Incredibly he says that the intricate lattice of wiring for the LEDs was the “easy part”  but admitted that it “took a lot of time and a lot of patience.”

“It’s all the late nights of hacking at the code trying to get the thing to work, that was far more challenging and at times far more frustrating,” he said, adding that that there never was any commercial reason for the project. “I did it purely for the fun and achievement of it.”

If that doesn’t sum up the maker spirit then what does? Head over to Andee’s site to see much more detail on the cube and his other projects. You will of course have the chance to see the cube in action at the Faire. Can’t wait? Click the break for a video tease.

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A note about the attendee ticket wait list

As you may have noticed, our first release of Mini Maker Faire Melbourne tickets went pretty quickly: within days the initial 250 ticket allocation was booked out. At that point we opened a wait list to enable others to reserve a spot if additional tickets became available.

Our main challenges with additional ticket releases were two fold:  one, we needed to ensure the volunteer team capability could support additional headcount and two, we needed to ensure sufficient makers would be available to support additional numbers.

I’m pleased to announce that we’re now at a point where we can begin releasing additional tickets in batches.

As more makers register and volunteers get involved to help us run the event, we’ll release additional allocations. If you are currently on the wait list for tickets, keep an eye out for an email over the next week inviting you to book your tickets. And again, if you’re a maker, we still have room for additional exhibitors, presenters, activity hosts and workshop organisers. Joining the Maker Faire as a Maker doesn’t require an attendee ticket. If you have maker skills or creations that you’d like to share, please register you interest via the Maker Entry Form

We’ve started announcing Makers

This update confirms that we’ve started the process of vetting Maker applications.  If you’ve submitted one via our web form, you will be hearing from us via email in the next few days.  We’ll also be doing some profiling of makers on the blog and other parts of the website.

If you haven’t submitted a Maker application yet, there’s still time but we’d encourage you to do so quickly.  This will give you much more option in terms of the available ways in which you can be involved, and will help us a lot with planning and logistics.

Remember that as a maker with scheduled involvement in the event, you don’t need to book an attendee ticket:  your involvement gives you entry to Maker Faire.  So, if you’re a maker currently wait listed for an attendee ticket, please consider submitting a Maker proposal and be involved in the event directly.  There are many ways that you can be involved, including:

  • having an exhibitors booth
  • running a workshop or activity
  • giving a prepared talk, demonstration or performance
  • hosting a discussion group

This gives you the ability to commit to as little as say a 5 minute lightning talk, through to manning your own exhibitors booth for the day.

So, while we still have spaces left, we encourage you to submit a Maker application form, as soon as possible.

… and we’re back!

We trust you’ve all been able to enjoy some of the Christmas break, spend time with friends and family, and begin the process of reflecting on the year that was.  The core team took the opportunity to recharge our batteries ahead of the Maker Faire count down.

Thanks for waiting patiently for updates on Maker Faire.  We’ll have a number coming over the next few days and in the two weeks between now and the event day.

I trust you’re all as excited about Mini Maker Faire Melbourne as we are:  it’s shaping up to e a truly fantastic day!

Tickets are now available for Mini Maker Faire Melbourne on Saturday 14th Jan 2012!

We’ll, if you weren’t excited enough by the venue announcement, we’re guessing you’ll start a stampede now !

Bookings are now open for the first tickets for Mini Maker Faire Melbourne for general public admission!.  The eventbrite booking site is up and the first 50 keen folks who beat the official announcement have already rushed in and reserved their places.

Book Your Tickets Now!

Tickets are free of charge, however we need you to register online as numbers are strictly limited.  We’ll use your personal ticket to help us manage attendance volumes, so keep it in a safe place and please bring it with you on the day.

Note that these tickets are for general admission by attendees, and aren’t needed if you are attending as a Maker exhibitor, workshop host, demonstrator or presenter.

Note also that we’ve asked you for a few bits of information as part of registering your ticket to help us plan and manage the event.  This information is optional, but if you can give us feedback, that will really help us out.

Maker Faire venue announced! Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ll be holding Mini Maker Faire Melbourne at the wonderful Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Victoria!

Swinburne have graciously partnered with us for this first Australian Maker Faire, and we think it’s a fantastic location and a wonderful site for the event.

So a big “Thank You!” to Swinburne from all of us here on Mini Maker Faire Melbourne team

Check out the Attend page of the website for further details.

The Call for Makers is Open!

We’re pleased to announce that the call for Makers for the Mini Maker Faire Melbourne event is officially open!

We’re especially keen to receive submissions from Makers interested in:

  • demonstrating or presenting things they have made.
  • running workshops to show others how to make things or use tools.
  • exhibiting products or services they can offer the community.

For those Maker’s who have already indicated their interest and have been waiting for the green light from us, we thank you for your patience and welcome you submissions.

Entry Form for Makers

Note also that we’ll be making the announcement of the venue and opening the ticket registration process tomorrow, Friday 16th December 2011.

Makers, please provide as much information as you can on the entry form to help us understand your requirements and to balance the event with a good range of projects. If you’d like to submit more than one proposal — for example, an exhibit table and a workshop or presentation — it would help us out if you could submit one entry form per proposal.

Please have a read of the content on the Maker page to better understand some of things we’re looking for from submissions.

If you aren’t sure about your submission, please feel free to ask questions on your submission, or drop us an email at: info (at) makerfairemelbourne (dot) com.

Welcome to Mini Maker Faire Melbourne!

Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to the Mini Maker Faire Melbourne site!

At the moment, we’re still developing the site, so stay tuned for further pages and regular updates as the event organisation ramps up.

We’ll be officially announcing the venue soon.  Our primary venue choice is confirmed – pending final checks and approvals.

You’ll also have a number of other channels beside this website from which you can get updates: Twitter, Google Plus, a mailing list and possibly even Facebook.  We’ll follow up with an official post about those channels soon.

If you’re a “Maker”, start thinking about what you’d like to exhibit or what you’d like to show or teach others.  Check out the Maker page for registration details.

We’re really excited about hosting this event on Saturday January 14th, 2012, and we’d love you to be part of it.  Mark the date in your calendar now, and drop by regularly over the next few weeks to see how things are shaping up!