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Rhode Island's own celebration of New England innovation, ingenuity, and invention.
Rhode Island's own celebration of New England innovation, ingenuity, and invention.
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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.

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    A special thanks on the RI Mini Maker Faire web site. Every little bit counts!

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    Although admission to the Faire is included with your AS220 Foo Fest 2013 ticket, that won't stop us from making tickets! This is a limited edition, 3d-printed commemorative ticket from Maker Faire RI.

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    Commemorative ticket + real Foo Fest ticket! For just $2 over the $25 pledge, get the same 3d-printed RI Mini Maker Faire commemorative ticket, plus a real ticket to Foo Fest 2013 (normally $7). Your name will be added to a list at the front gate where you can pick up your Foo Fest ticket.

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    3D printed sponsor badge on a lanyard that you can pick up and wear at the RI Mini Maker Faire to show off your support right then and there.

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    The Maker's Bookshelf is a collection of books edited by Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire co-founder Brian Jepson. It includes: The Makerspace Workbench, a collection of projects and an essential guide to the tools you need in a makerspace; Getting Started with Arduino, a thorough introduction to the Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform; Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, a step-by-step tutorial through the Pi's fun and educational possibilities; and Tinkering, a guide to enable kids to learn science while fooling around with real stuff.

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