(WINDSOR, ON) – Organizers are calling the Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire, scheduled for Saturday at St Clair College, the, “greatest show (and tell) on Earth.” The event, say the organizers, will bring together, under one roof, the invention, creativity, and resourcefulness of local makers of things.
These makers often create unique and innovative products, either as hobbies, experiments, or projects.
Those who attend will find themselves in an event best described as, “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new.”
Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these ‘makers’ come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. – Maker Faire promotional
Initially as a concept in the San Francisco Bay area in 2006, the Faire has grown into a world movement. Last year there were over 190 independently-produced Mini Maker Faires, plus over 30 larger-scale Featured Maker Faires, in such cities as Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Kansas City.
Maker Faire’s prime purpose is to be forward-looking by showcasing makers known to be exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields. It also includes artisans showing off how their imagination has been put to the test in fields as diverse as science, engineering, art, performance, and crafts.
One of the advantages of the Faire is the ability to be a showcase of ideas, concepts, and inventiveness that doesn’t really have a home elsewhere, while also allowing the inventors to talk about what they do to fascinate those who attend.
The Mini Faire will run from 10am to 3pm on Saturday. There is no admission fee.