Launched in 2009 at Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island’s own Mini Maker Faire represents a new kind of revolution that promotes grassroots American innovation. Join us as we connect a community of builders, inventors, and designers here in Providence.
We're holding Maker Faire RI in downtown Providence on August 10, 2013 in partnership with AS220, who is hosting us that day at their annual Foo Fest. Through this partnership, we'll have the opportunity to expose thousands of people to the makers who exhibit here.
Your support will pay for the infrastructure needed to make this happen (components and tools for hands-on activities, facility fees, table rentals, signage, and all the other stuff that makers need to show off their creations).
(RI Mini Maker Faire 2011 video by Jason A. Duclos)
Risks and challenges
The hardest part of putting on this event is making everything come together over the course of the two days: day one is setup, day two is the event itself. Because we're a small team, a forgotten extension cord or lamp can cause us to lose a key person's time for an hour or more. We address this by making lists, checking them twice, and bringing extra things (because stuff breaks, too).
The other obstacle is making sure we have the right makers to exhibit and create engaging experiences. Without a set of compelling exhibitors, we'd have a pretty boring event. Fortunately, the team members have wide and complementary networks of friends and collaborators to draw on, and we've already got over a dozen makers committed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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