The Call For Makers Is Open!

The Maker Faire is coming to San Luis Obispo! The first annual SLO Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013 (11 am – 3 pm) at Mission Plaza.  The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is the hosting organization for this event.

“Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.”

The Call for Makers, Performers and Crafters is open now through March 9, 2013. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete our simple application Form here.

The SLO Mini Maker Faire takes after its enormous parent event, Maker Faire, which will host more than 100,000 visitors in San Mateo on May 18 & 19, 2013. The SLO Mini Maker Faire will be a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the SLO Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration. It will feature maker booths and interactive performances, including an Arduino-powered Cal Poly Science Cafe event with Michael Newman. Some of the topics we are looking for are robotics, electronics, textile arts & crafts, unusual tools or machines, green tech, sustainability, energy efficiency, bicycles, puppets, toys, projects using repurposed materials, how to fix things or take them apart, and student projects.

The SLO Mini Maker Faire is a collaboration among the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Central Coast STEM Collaborative (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), iFixit.com, and students and faculty from Cal Poly SLO Materials Engineering Department, Architecture DepartmentLiberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program, Expressive Technology Studiosand the Science Cafe at Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library.

Maker Faire began in 2005 in San Mateo, CA by the people behind MAKE and CRAFT magazines. Maker Faire has also appeared in Austin, Detroit and New York City. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States, including events in Ann Arbor, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, and Boston.

Follow the development of the SLO Mini Maker Faire on Twitter @slomakerfaire, on Facebook at Facebook.com/SLOMakerFaire, or on Google+ at goo.gl/HrqR2

Contact: Rebecca Leduc
Email: makerfaireslo (AT) gmail (DOT) com
805.543.8562

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