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Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire 2014 Information!

The Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire has arrived! We’ll be opening our gates at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning and going non-stop until 7:00PM. We hope to see you and your entire family there!

Parking Information

There is limited street parking available. Most people will want to park at the “Llama Lot” a block awat on 9th and Fremont that offers $5 all day parking. Free parking is also available at the El Cortez blue parking garage.

727 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101


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Check out our brochure early and plan to visit all of your favorite Makers:

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Don’t miss the “Made In SYN” booth number 31 for an exclusive preview of Inventables’ new Easel CNC software.

Meet the Makers : Skyworks Aerial Systems

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You might remember Skyworks from last year’s Maker Faire where Greg Friesmuth was showing off one of his drone projects. Since then, they have grown into a full fledged company producing custom drones for education, research and business. Stop by their booth and say hi to Greg, Ginger and Rakitha who can tell you everything you want to know about drones.  Official marketing spiel below. :)

Skyworks Aerial Systems (“SkyworksAS”) is a hardware company that designs, manufactures, and sells small and adaptable unmanned aerial systems (UAS). SkyworksAS is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada founded by two mechanical engineering students from UNLV. SkyworksAS is capable of delivering a variety of solutions to both civil and commercial entities that are interested in integrating UAS in their business operations, as well as facilitating educational, research and development needs for the UAS industry.

SkyworksAS multi-rotor copter families are small and versatile. They are designed to adapt to numerous applications including indoor, underground, and/or hazardous flights. A proprietary frame design gives the SkyworksAS platform an advantage of modularity in the vehicle families, scalability in payload capacity, and optimization in the manufacturing process.

 

Meet the Makers : Las Vegas Swings

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Tom McGrady has been making quality handmade porch swings, garden arbors and Adirondack chairs in Las Vegas since 2003. A true craftsman, each chair he produces is made to order and is signed by the artist. He is proud of his workshop and will be happy to give you a tour if you ask!

Stop by his booth at Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire and he might just share some of his woodworking techniques with you if you ask nicely.

Check back tomorrow to meet another maker!

 

Meet the Makers : Robot Army

Sarah is an artist with megalomaniacal desires to control a vast robot army with her mind. Mark is an electronics genius and closet Brony. They met one day at a SYN Shop meetup and became fast friends united by their common interests in delta robots.  With Mark’s 3D printing and electronics know-how and Sarah’s vision and design flair, they were soon plotting a kickstarter to bring a robot army to life.

There will be several networked robots at Maker Faire Vegas for people interact with and control, the initial deployment of the several hundred robot strong art project they are planning, dubbed Light Play. They are currently rushing to produce robots to fulfill their successful kickstarter order and to present at San Mateo Maker Faire in May – but you can see them in Las Vegas first!

Check back tomorrow to meet a new maker!

Meet the Makers: Avondale Shirt Co

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If you’ve been a fan of vintage since before it was cool and love a little touch of the unique in your ensemble, we’d like you to meet the Avondale Shirt Co.

Inspired by old-time family photos and a love of genealogy, Stephanie LaBorde Pierotti @stephlab99 formed the company here in Las Vegas to explore her passion for the eras past and bring her unique voice to women’s fashion. In addition to supporting the local community by manufacturing in Las Vegas, $1 from the sale of every item will be donated to a selected charity.

Vintage-inspired patterns, playful prints and recycled fabrics join together in their adorable lines:

Nightcap
Retro novelty print women’s pajamas, named after prohibition-era cocktails.

Sacre Bleu!
19th century woodcut art on premium knits. Designed & printed in Las Vegas.

Dreux
Vintage-inspired women’s blouses named after designer’s ancestors.

Daisy Belle
Vintage-inspired women’s dresses, styles named after streets in New Orleans.

Project Moxie
Honoring female inventors to inspire tomorrow’s innovators. Shirts feature images of inventor or their inventions. QR Code on each product links to an info page about the inventor.

Join us every day from now until April 5th for a new Maker Profile!

Tickets Now On Sale!

The Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire is right around the corner, but you can get your tickets early and save some money! Prices will go up if you buy at the door. Stay tuned to find our more about some of our awesome Makers in a series of posts introducing them!

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Announcing Sponsors and Call for Makers Extended!

Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for the 2014 Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire!

Downtown Project is an organization of passionate people charged with improving Downtown Las Vegas through creating community, investments and real connections to make it a better place to live and work.

Zappos.com sells shoes, clothing, housewares and more and has been located in Las Vegas since 2001. They have been on Fortune’s 100 Best Places To Work for several years running.

RobotsConf is a conference organized by the founders of JSConf that seeks to bridge the gap between software developers and the exciting world of hardware.

Pololu is a company specializing in robotics components, kits and tools that has been in Las Vegas since 2002. They play a major role in the community, having hosted such groups as LVBots, the Las Vegas Ruby Group and Toastmasters.

Full Spectrum Laser is a Las Vegas company that sells affordable, high quality laser cutters. Recently, they have also launched a successful laser resin printer on Kickstarter called the Pegasus Touch by FSL3D.

SYN Shop is the Las Vegas Hackerspace, a member run organization that provides workspace, tools and classes to enable people to make anything and everything from electronics to sewing to chocolate making.

Also, I’m happy to announce that we are extending the Call for Makers through March 15th, so keep your applications coming! We have an awesome group of Makers already and we’ll be profiling them on this blog up through the 5th of April. However, we have room to expand as well, so tell your Maker Friends!

Call for Makers

2014 Call For Makers Live!!

The Call For Makers for the 2014 Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire is now live!

Are you an artist, a tinkerer, a performer, a maker, a doer, a dreamer or just human who makes cool things that you want to share with the world?

Apply Right Meow!

It’s free for non-commercial makers, and if you want to sell things, there will be a small fee. Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, April 5th at The Learning Village.

Mini Maker Faire 2013 Highlights

It’s been a while since our last update, but we’ve put together a highlights reel from Maker Faire 2013. Enjoy!

Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire Is Almost Here!

The Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, February 2nd from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Buy tickets now, or get them at the door!

Curious about what you might see? Take a look at our list of makers, and the schedule of events, or just take a sneak peek at our programme of events!

Historic 5th Street School
401 S 4th St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Need to know how to get there and where to park? Parking is available across the street from the event for $3 all day.


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