Maker Faire is the greatest show and tell in the world! Originally created by Make magazine, is an event to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering and science projects associated with the Do It Yourself (DIY) movement where the main focus is the sharing of knowledge, experiences and ideas.
I first heard the Maker faire announcement at another event, Codebits 2014, a huge hackathon that takes place in Portugal every year, lasting 3 days, running 24 hours a day. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I would be participating in Maker Faire. As a member of eLab Hackerspace, I knew that as a group we had lots of project to present. So we got working together and started preparing everything for this great event! Here are some of our projects:
From my friend Mário Saleiro you could see 3 of his amazing projects: TheMaker3 - a CNC machine built from reused materials from old photocopiers and computers; The Hackeyboard - a mechanic computer keyboard with innovative functionalities; and MiRo - a 10kg mobile robot:
Bruna Carmo we had the adorable Infante Robots, an educational robotics system which was a huge success among the younger visitors:
LED optical transmission system, which converted audio into light and then back into audio again:
Nelson Neves showed us his intelligent windows project, a 3D printed mechanism system to open and close windows through a web interface:
Gonçalo Pereira and later upgraded as a group project, presented by Álvaro Valente:
But these are just a few among all the 16 projects presented by eLab Hackerspace members.
Besides the projects, me and Hugo also presented a workshop at the Faire, about KiCad - an open source, multi-platform and higly customizable PCB design software:
eLab Hackerspace "committee":
Now it's time to start preparing for Maker Faire 2015!