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Heard us? Yes, it is you (makers) that we are calling!

If you were with us last year, thank you for making the Singapore Mini Maker Faire so loud that many more are keen to join us this year.

Now, it is the time that you join us again. Echo our call for makers for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013! More information can be found here.

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How would you like to take part in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013?

Hello Makers!

It has been half a year since our first Singapore Mini Maker Faire, and we hope you have had a great time since then, building, crafting and making things.We’re pleased to announce the dates for this year’s Faire – Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July. The venue will be finalised soon, but it will be outdoor (tented).

Before we call for makers officially, we hope you can help us get a sense of how you would like to participate. Appreciate it if you could do so by spending a few minutes to fill out a survey form here.  (Edit: The Call for Makers is now open!).

Do note that the form is just for us to have a preliminary feel of the event, so you will still need to fill out the “Call for Makers” form later on to confirm your participation.

If you have friends, family or colleagues who might be keen in participating in the Faire, please share this with them as well!

Hope to see you at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013!

How would you like to take part this year?

Were we “loud” enough for you this year?

A month ago on the 4 & 5 August 2012, the Science Centre Singapore organised the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire.

Stephen February – Urban Microfarming using Hydroponics

It was a bang. We had over 20 maker booths, 6 vendors, two fully packed days of workshops and talks, plus lots of visitors.

The venue was packed and activity-filled.

Everybody were full of anticipation; the organisers to see the birth of the inaugural event here in Singapore, the makers to showcase their makes, the volunteers to be part of the team, and the visitors to find out what a Maker Faire is all about. Some were even keen “followers” of the Maker Faire culture in the United States and were all excited about it. Overall, it was all excitment in the air.

Launch of the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire!

The event was launched by Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.

The launch was truly amazing, not only because it was done with an in-house confetti cannon launch mechanism, but because of the warm spirit in the air. Everybody crowded enthusiastically near the stage and it felt like a countdown to a family party.

 The launch was also nicely accompanied with the impromptu launch music by Jolyon, one of our Makers! :)  

Jolyon with his Jolyonophone

Personally, I think it was an eye-opening experience. It felt as if I were at a country carnival. Every booth was fun and interesting. You can find ingenious makes and concepts, and you can find the gadgets that you need to do the same thing!

Veera from SL2 helping a little boy lifting DIY weights!

You get to produce music using bananas (with the use of the makey-makey), see a blimp fly all over the hall, see water rockets shooting all over the place just outside the hall and many others. More photos are available on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SingaporeMiniMakerFaire.

Joel Tong with his Gyrating Electrical Enigmatic Blimp

Before the event even started, many of you were already busy tweeting and posting Facebook posts about it. Thanks to all your active participation, the event even caught the interest of some local papers and some of the makers were interviewed.

It was an enjoyable two days. Thanks to you, the first ever Singapore Mini Maker Faire had indeed made ourselves heard. If we were not “loud” enough for you this year, come help us make the event “louder” the next time round!

P.S:- Did the Faire inspire you to make something? Did you embark on any project after that? I did, and you can read about it here. Cheers.

We may be “mini”, but we can be “loud”! Join us to make the Singapore Mini Maker Faire be heard!

There is a lot of excitement in the air as we plan for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire here in the Science Centre Singapore. This will be the first time the event takes place in Singapore, and it is already drawing a lot of attention from the internet community. This probably goes to show how well-known and established the Maker Faire is!

If you haven’t heard of the  Maker Faire, read about it at their website here. It is coined as the greatest show (and tell) on Earth, a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The Maker Faire is a BIG event in the USA.  Can you imagine going around to see the creations of about 700 Makers amidst a 100,000 crowd? That is the kind of scale we are looking at for the Maker Faire Bay Area at San Mateo, California where it all started.

Check out the blog coverage of the recent Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 on 19 & 20 May  or their video.

The Maker Faire is nearly unheard of in our region. The nearest countries which have held a Mini Maker Faire would be Australia and China. Perhaps one day, we will make it as big as in the States, but for a start, Singapore is starting it MINI, as a small-scale, community-produced event.

In Singapore, most people buy things off the shelves for convenience’s sake. It is rare to hear of people who creates and invents things, but that doesn’t mean there are none. We are hence curious to find out what creative inventions these people have came up with, and perhaps looking at these creations might spur our own creativity!

Are you someone who enjoys taking things apart, and recreating new things? If so, the Mini Maker Faire is for you. Come join us on 4 and 5 August 2012, 10am – 5pm, at the Marquee, Science Centre Singapore. The application form for Makers, Workshop Faciliators, Presenters or Performers can be accessed here. The deadline is coming up really tight in less than a week’s time (5 Jun 12).

If you can’t commit as a Maker, and prefers to just drop in as a visitor to the Faire, we also welcome you to come check out the crazy assemblies you have never thought of, get your hands on the DIY activities, and listen to the inspiring sharing sessions by some of these Makers! Come join us!