It's now officially over for the year. The truck has been returned, the storage unit loaded, and my shoes are off.
Maker Faire North Carolina touched the lives of the estimated 5000+ people that attended. Two milestones were reached this year: for the first time ever we exceeded 5000 attendees and for the first time we had Makers bringing projects that were built with our event in mind.
The latter of the two establishes in my mind that Maker Faire North Carolina has reached fixture status in our community. We're now a rallying point for the Creative Class of the region and everyone involved should be proud of that.
Our 11-person all-volunteer core team together with an event volunteer crew of over 50 managed to wrangle the creative projects of 300 Makers into a much MUCH too small venue!
We did a disservice to some guests due to overpacked aisles. Our team works very hard to be inclusive of all people and if we made your visit challenging, we apologize. That will be fixed next year.
Thank you, North Carolina, for letting us show you what Making is all about. Thank you to the Makers for moving mountains to bring their creative projects to the event. Thank you to the small army of volunteer crew and staff that spend hours folding shirts, directing traffic, emailing constantly, passing out water bottles, etc.. And, especially, thank you to our sponsors without whom our event would not be possible. All of you believe in our goal but sponsors truly grok the value.
We'll see you next year and we promise much more awesome (and more room to breathe!).
We have increased the awesome in 2013 in a big way! Maker Faire North Carolina has taken it up a notch and you need to be there to experience it first hand. We have many awesome things happening all day long at Maker Faire North Carolina , you're gonna regret it if you don't come. What kind of awesome, you might ask? Well, how about this for starters?
At 1:00PM, NC Near Space will have a High Altitude Balloon Launch and you're invited! Watch the team send a ballon carrying a camera and GPS into near space and keep track of the flight in real time.
Want to get hands on and learn a new skill? We've got you covered. Come learn how to pick locks at the lockpick village. Seriously. TOOOL is going to be here, showing you how its done. You don't want to miss that!
What about all those electronics Makers are using in their projects? Want to assemble a kit but don't how to solder? We will teach you how at our Learn to Solder workshop. Not only will you learn a new skill, you'll also have a blinking robot badge to prove it.
Learn to Weave with the Durham String Thing. They will teach you how to use a simple, portable loom to weave a strap for a bracelet, and you get to take the loom home with you to use it to weave anything else you might dream up.
You've got some new skills, you're feeling the vibe and are inspired to make things yourself: now what? Make sure you drop by and talk to the folks at the Foothills Community Workshop, Hackerspace Charlotte, and Open Hardware Makerspace. Learn about what they are doing, join up with them or learn how they go started and make your own space.
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Maker Faire NC isn't just about technology, we're about MAKING. See you there!
The Citizen Scientists with NC Near Space are at it again. This time the payload is bigger, faster, stronger, and cooler. In years past the team has launched and succesfully retrieved payloads to extremely high altitudes from Maker Faire North Carolina.
This year, at 1:00PM, the team will launch a payload from Maker Faire North Carolina that includes amateur TV transmission and a very sophisticated camera payload. Drop by their booth all day to learn about the science of launch and retrieval, amateur radio, and more. You too can learn how to get pictures like this!