“Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new,” Maker Faire is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, artists, and students. The first Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. “Maker Faire Bay Area celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event in 2011 with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the World.”
We dropped by the inaugural (?) Singapore Mini Maker Faire earlier today. I, of course, gravitated towards the crafty “makers”: The DIY Lifestyle Challenge by Evon Tay, SugarPunk by Ling Ling Ng, and Paper Geometrics by Jeremy Jue Min Lim, Jian Le Lee and Yongquan Lu, among others. I particularly enjoyed The Sustainable Living Labs’ (SL2) “mini kampung.” Tinkerers, young and old, made their own play dough, cardboard sculptures, and other handmade toys alongside the SL2 team.
It was a cosy event. I do hope that it was well-attended and that the organizers will think bigger next year.
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Singapore Mini Maker Faire was held at the Science Centre, an interactive science museum and learning center. The centre also houses Singapore’s first and only IMAX theater. Our little girl loved the “Sound” gallery. We’ll definitely be spending much more time there in the future.
(Additional credits: Photo layout via Pugly Pixel.)