Maker Faire UK is done for another year. The visitors have all gone home, the Makers have cleared away their stalls, the bunting is back in its boxes until next year and we’ve even had chance to catch up on some sleep!
Fritz Grobe of Eepy Bird having a lot of fun with Coke and Mentos, even in the rain!
This year was an incredible event featuring some truly amazing and inspirational Makers. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! The entire Centre was packed to the rafters with both Makers and visitors and there was a lot to see. These are just a few of our favourite ones:
There was plenty of action outside with EepyBird’s Coke and Mentos Show, the Mantis Hexapod, Spark!, The Bubble Man, ZeeZee with his amazing spinning painting and many others. Special credit goes to those who saw them on Saturday in the pouring rain; there were a lot of you!
Ian Russell the Bubble Man, making some giant bubbles!
There was plenty to see inside at the rest of the 120 Maker stalls. The usual suspects were here with Hackspaces showing off their latest projects and companies like Just Add Sharks and Kitronik as usual. There were plenty of first timers as well. Two of new stalls this year that proved extremely popular and also winners of the Maker of Merit badges were Clarkcade with his handmade Retro Gaming Machines and ‘A Grand Tour’, a collection of knitting masterpieces by a local knitting group called Materialistics.
Some of the knitted masterpieces – part of ‘A Grand Tour’ by Materialistics
Pop culture clashes occurred at various points around the building as well, both a Dalek and giant Wookie using a lift to get upstairs, Rebel Pilots ambushing a T-Rex and a Doctor Who Robot, and the Dalek even managing to make it to the top of Times Square to watch EepyBird!
The T-Rex explored the Centre, and had face offs with robots, Daleks and Rebel Pilots!
As with other years we had talks in the Science Theatre from regular visitors Vinay Gupta and Cory Doctorow, as well as newcomers like Mark Wrigley and Phil Case, hopefully inspiring a whole new bunch of people with their talks on the potential of 3D printing to create a new Industrial Revolution and their e-Wheelchair Project, respectively.
There were plenty of chances to do some making yourself as well! You could make gloop or jewellery, paper airplanes with Deer Shed Festival and Andy Chipling and of course, since it’s a Maker Faire, soldering with Mitch Altman, which proved popular as ever.
Soldering a Maker Badge at Mitch Altman’s workshop, a classic Maker Faire activity!
And it would be remiss of us not to mention one of the many other great things that happened at Maker Faire UK this year. Rabbits. Tiny little red plastic rabbits. Everywhere. A ‘mysterious’ hackspace (we know who you are) was behind the reported thousands of rabbits being spread around the Centre and indeed by the sounds of it half of Newcastle! We’re finding more and more all the time and probably will be for months yet.
Just one of the hundreds of tiny red rabbits that now inhabit the Centre.
So all in all it was a fantastic and inspirational event that we all thoroughly enjoyed and we hope you did too!