Meet the Makers : Cirque Mechanics

Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist, Chris Lashua, after the success of his collaborative project with the Circus Center of San Francisco, Birdhouse Factory. Cirque Mechanics quickly established itself as a premiere American circus, with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging.

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Cirque Mechanics is a great example of what happens when Makers and performers intersect! They’ll be at the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire performing and showing off their custom made equipment.

 

New Sponsor : Pololu Robotics!

Thank you to our newest sponsor, Pololu Robotics!

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Pololu has been selling robotics and electronics on the internet since 2001 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada! In addition to selling kits and electronics, they also offered laser cutting services. Pololu has long been a great supporter of the Las Vegas tech community, hosting the Robotics Club, Las Vegas Ruby Group, and Toastmasters to name just a few!

We are thrilled to have Pololu as a sponsor and exhibitor!

 

Announcing Downtown Project’s Sponsorship!

We’re thrilled to announce that Downtown Project has stepped up to fund the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire and become the flagship sponsor of our event.

Downtown Project believes in catalyzing community efforts in hopes of inspiring people to follow their passions. That belief is a guiding principle in their work to help build the most community-focused large city in the world.

For more information, see our press release announcing the sponsorship!

Thank you Downtown Project and Las Vegas!

 

Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire Community Kickoff Meeting

Hey you – yes, you! Would you like to get involved in the Vegas Mini Maker Faire? Well, we’d love to have your help too! Join us on Monday, October 29th at 7:00 PM to get the skinny on what we’re planning and find out how you can get involved. Curious? Have questions? Show up! We’re here to give you all the answers!

Please RSVP by Sunday, October 28th so we know you’re coming. It’s easiest to park at the El Cortez and walk a block to the location.

 

Meet the Makers: SYN Shop

SYN Shop is a hackerspace located in Las Vegas, Nevada. SYN Shop members regularly attend Maker Faire events in other states, and are very excited to be involved in helping bring Maker Faire to Las Vegas! The Maker Faire values very much align with SYN Shop’s mission.

SYN Shop is a space for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring, and of course, learning. SYN Shop’s motto is: “Let’s make stuff awesome!”

SYN Shop was started back in 2008, when a bunch of DIY enthusiasts decided that instead of hiding in our garages, workshops and offices, they should instead come together and start a community around the things that they are passionate about. In the near future, SYN Shop will be expanding to new facilities downtown in order to accommodate more equipment, tools, and more members using the space.

SYN Shop aims to facilitate discovery for all ages. The barriers for learning tech, science and manufacturing are actually lower than common perception. SYN Shop aims to provide an environment where people can share tools, resources and knowledge in order to demonstrate how easy it is to pursue a new interest or hobby with the right help and equipment. For example, if you’d like to learn how to solder, sew, woodwork, or weld (or all of these!) SYN Shop can help with getting you started.

So where does the name ‘SYN Shop’ even come from? When computers need to talk to one another over the network, SYN is the first packet sent out during the TCP three-way handshake.You can also say that Syn, could stand for ‘Synergy’. Synergy is defined as two or more things functioning together to produce a result not independently obtainable, which also fits well with the Hacker Space ideals. And lastly since the hackerspace is located in Las Vegas, SYN is a fun play on words and the city’s often heard nick name ‘Sin City’.

Video below: The SYN Shop makers built a ‘Donado’ (donation tornado!) for use at their First Friday Booth. Fun!

 

Meet the Makers: Repurpose America

Repurpose America will be teaming up with us during the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire to provide building materials, assist with planning, and offer some helping hands during the event. Keep your eyes open – they may even have a booth!

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Our Venue, The Historic Fifth Street School

We’ve chosen to host the first Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire at the Historic Fifth Street School in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. We think that a school is a fantastic venue for an event that is billed as The World’s Greatest Show and Tell and besides being a beautiful building, there is a lot of history behind the Fifth Street School. I guess that’s why the call it the historical Fifth Street School, eh?

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What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is an annual event created by Make Magazine that celebrates makers, hackers, tinkerers, inventors and dreamers. It’s like a big Science Fair or a community Show & Tell where people can come and demonstrate their creations to a receptive audience. It’s also a little like a bite sized version of Burning Man where the creative spirit can flourish but without all of the naked people and dust storms. Maker Faire is an all-ages family-friendly event that kids and parents and grandparents can all equally enjoy. 30 year old kids are welcome too!

  
Photomontages courtesy of The Flirty Blog - be sure to also read her excellent recap of Maker Faire San Mateo 2012!

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Calling All Makers!

Do you create magical snow globes out of found objects and light bulbs? Can you re-purpose worthless car parts into a disco wind machine? Are you an artist with unusual pieces, or the instructor of a special astronaut yoga class? Then you’re a Maker. Creatives, tinkerers, DIYers, cinematic explorers, hopers and dreamers, you’re all Makers. And if you want to teach, share and show off what you’ve made to the world, then you’re a Maker and we need you!

This is an invitation for all you Makers out there to come show your stuff at the very first Mini Maker Faire in Las Vegas! It’s our chance to gather the creative community and show the world what this city can make. We ask you to fill out the form telling us about what you’d like to show at the Faire, so we know who you are and what you’re about. We will fit in as many booths and exhibits as we can at the February 2nd event. If your booth will sell something, (handmade goods, DIY kits, etc), a small fee may be required (TBD).

Our call for Makers ends on December 22, but don’t wait too long to send in your application. We wouldn’t want you to turn into a pumpkin or something – that’s super awkward for family photos. Click the “Makers Apply Here” form at the right to submit your exhibit. Your idea is awesome, we can already tell. We’ll see you at the Faire!

 

Welcome to Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire!

We’re excited to be bringing the magic and family fun of Maker Faire to Las Vegas in 2013.  We’ll be filling out these pages with more information and updates as we get closer to the date, including a schedule of talks and ticketing information.

In the mean time, the Call for Makers is on!  Are you a Maker with a cool project to show off or know someone who is? Check the link to the right to apply for a spot at the 2013 Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire!