Dublin’s first Mini Maker Faire calls out to creatives

15 Feb 2012

Visitors to Science Gallery check out the Visceral exhibition. The current exhibition running at Science Gallery is Edible

Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin has today issued an open call for ‘makers’ to take part in Dublin’s first ever Mini Maker Faire. It says makers can be tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors or exhibitors – anyone with an innovative idea around technology.

Mini Maker Faire will run on 14 July 2012 at Science Gallery, during its Hack The City exhibition and the ESOF 2012 Conference.

The event is being run by the gallery in alliance with NUI Maynooth Makers Club, the Irish Robotics Club and TOG hackerspace.

Science Gallery will be accepting entries from makers until Thursday, 15 March. Individuals, groups, schools and organisations are being encouraged to apply.

Day-long interactive event

Mini Maker Faire itself is an independent day-long community event where all kinds of ‘makers’ will converge to showcase their work.

Science Gallery’s Ian Brunswick said today that Dublin Mini Maker Faire will be an opportunity for makers to interact with each other, to share ideas and to show examples of their work, projects, crafts, inventions, products and hacks in a vibrant fair-style event.

When submitting an entry, Brunswick said people should provide a short description of what they make and what you would like to bring to Dublin Mini Maker Faire, including links to photographs and/or videos of their project.

He said the event will incorporate stalls, talks, workshops, and is already supported by Dublin City of Science, NUI Maynooth and the Irish Robotics Club.

“We are excited to already be working with a vibrant community of makers, doers, hackers, crafters, and innovators in Dublin. We want to hear from hackerspaces, clubs, and individual makers from Ireland as well as internationally to make Dublin Mini Maker Faire an unforgettable event,” said Brunswick.

He said the organisers will also need volunteers, equipment, financial support, workshop leaders and exhibitors.

California roots

The first ever Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, California. It has just celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. Maker Faire to Detroit and New York City in 2010. Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being spawned around the US and beyond, including this inaugural event in Dublin in July.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic