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The 9th Annual RI Mini Maker Faire returns on June 3. Get a sponsor badge or commemorative ticket to show your support at the faire!
The 9th Annual RI Mini Maker Faire returns on June 3. 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 9th year to bring builders, inventors, and designers to Providence to show off what they've made. The City of Providence is presenting this Faire in conjunction with their annual PVDFest. I'm one of the co-founders of the RI Mini Maker Faire, and I'm helping produce it. You can, too!

Your support will pay for the infrastructure needed to make this happen (components and tools for hands-on activities, tents, signage, and all the other stuff that makers need to show off their creations).

Photos in video by Carolyn Fahm (1, 2), Cindy Miranda, and s_p_e_x.

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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    RI Mini Maker Faire Commemorative Ticket

    Although admission is free, 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 - pickup onsite

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    3D Printed Sponsor Badge

    A 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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    CNC'd 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.

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    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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