We had a great time at the 2012 Cambridge Mini Maker Faire. It was nice meeting up with Boston area makers, seeing their work, and hearing people explain their ideas, and the things they’ve made.
The weather was sunny and nice, not too hot, though a bit windy (and we skipped the TWO thunderstorms of the 2011 Cambridge Mini Maker Faire).
Thanks are in order:
- Ellen Bluestein from Cambridge Science Festival puts in an enormous amount of work each year wrangling all the logistics, people, volunteers, vendors and more.
- Gui and Molly of Artisan’s Asylum and Joe helped out with insurance and creating a funding system. In it’s third year, this is the first time we have needed to pay for anything significant. This time, we had to pay a couple hundred dollars of insurance coverage, here’s the link, if you would like to contribute to our modest expenses.
- Shawn Wallace came up from Providence Rhode Island to staff the MAKE table, answering questions about the magazine, publications and Maker Faire.
- Abe Shultz did a bunch of early setup work.
- Dug North helped out with publicity, and bringing in new audience members.
There were a lot of amazing maker presenters this year, new projects, improved developments and enthusiasm were evident: Abe Shultz, Dug North, Artisan’s Asylum, danger!awesome, DIY BIO, ACRIS, Charles Guan, Tufts University Robotics Club, Boston Area Makerbotters, Parts and Crafts, Kiwi’s Tiny Books, Electric Motorcycle, ComBot, DuckyBots, Shane Colton, and many amazing members of the MITERS community.
It was really great seeing everybody, renewing connections, and making new contacts.
If you missed out on the fun, or would like to connect with other area makers, you can like the Facebook page, join the Boston Area Maker Faire group, check out the photos in the Flickr group. Artisan’s Asylum has built an amazing space helping people learn through making while developing connections and relationships around the work. The community of makers is growing, with new organizations and opportunities all the time.