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The 8th Annual RI Mini Maker Faire returns on August 13. Get a sponsor badge or commemorative ticket to show your support at the faire!
The 8th Annual RI Mini Maker Faire returns on August 13. Get a sponsor badge or commemorative ticket to show your support at the faire!
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Launched in 2009 at Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island’s own Mini Maker Faire celebrates grassroots innovation, do-it-yourself inspiration, and creative education. We're coming together for our 8th year to bring builders, inventors, and designers to Providence to show off what they've made.

AS220 is presenting this Faire in conjunction with their annual Foo Fest. I'm one of the co-founders of the RI Mini Maker Faire, and I'm helping AS220 produce it. You can too!

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 video by Jason A. Duclos with updates by Shawn Wallace)

Here are some scenes from last year's RI Mini Maker Faires:

Experiencing Virtual Reality with STEAM Box RI
Experiencing Virtual Reality with STEAM Box RI

 

"Dizzy" the Racing Sculpture with creator Jeff Del Papa
"Dizzy" the Racing Sculpture with creator Jeff Del Papa
 
Attendees check out the wall o' 3D printers from OSMM/3DPPVD
Attendees check out the wall o' 3D printers from OSMM/3DPPVD
 

 

LEGO robotics in action
LEGO robotics in action

 

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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    There In Spirit

    You'll get the limited edition, 3d-printed commemorative ticket from Maker Faire RI, but it won't include attendance to the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire or AS220 Foo Fest. We'll ship your commemorative ticket to you after the Faire.

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    RI Mini Maker Faire Commemorative Ticket

    A limited edition, 3d-printed commemorative ticket from Maker Faire RI. This also includes admission to Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire and AS220 Foo Fest.

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    3D Printed Sponsor Badge

    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. This also includes admission to Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire and AS220 Foo Fest.

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    Wooden Sponsor Badge

    A machine-cut (CNC router) 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. This also includes admission to Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire and AS220 Foo Fest.

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    Digitally-Fabricated Trio+1

    Can't decide whether you want the commemorative ticket, the 3d-printed sponsor badge, or the CNC'd sponsor badge? Get all three and we'll throw in a CNC'd commemorative ticket, too!

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    Jumbo Sponsor Badge Pack

    You get six machine-cut or 3d printed sponsor badges on a lanyard that you and your posse can pick up and wear at the RI Mini Maker Faire to show off your support right then and there. Each badge also includes admission to Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire and AS220 Foo Fest. You'll also get your logo on the RI Mini Maker Faire Web Site.

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    Bronze Sponsor

    You'll get a Bronze-level logo listed on the RI Mini Maker Faire web site and your logo will be on display at the RI Mini Maker Faire as well.

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    Silver Sponsor

    You'll get a Silver-level logo listed on the RI Mini Maker Faire web site, as well as two tickets (and 3d printed or wooden sponsor badges), and exhibit space for a hands-on activity. Your logo will be on display at the RI Mini Maker Faire as well.

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    Gold Sponsor

    You'll get a Gold-level logo listed on the RI Mini Maker Faire web site, as well as five tickets (and 3d printed or wooden sponsor badges), and exhibit space for a hands-on activity. Your logo will be on display at the RI Mini Maker Faire as well.

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    Platinum Sponsor

    You'll get a Platinum-level logo listed on the RI Mini Maker Faire web site, as well as ten tickets (and 3d printed or wooden sponsor badges), and exhibit space for a hands-on activity. Your logo will be on very prominent display at the RI Mini Maker Faire as well.

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