Mini Maker Faire 2015
NIMBY was proud to participate in the 6th Annual Mini Maker Faire this past Sunday, October 20th at the Park Day School and Studio One space in Oakland. The event draws several thousand people each year and offers a great opportunity for our Makers to take their creations out of the warehouse, introduce them to the public, and hopefully inspire a few minds along the way.
At our outdoor space, Matt Wirth terrorized and delighted participants in the Tilt-A-Hurl standalone carnival ride. Dave Dávila gave kids (and a few adults) the opportunity to ride around the Faire in the mini-boat racer that he and Mr. Wirth put together for the Power Wheels Racing Series at the Maker Faire earlier this year in San Mateo. Snook brought the Rat Fink art car that he put together for this year’s Burning Man. Clody Cates and Gaige Qualmann brought a range of works in metal, leather, and wood. They also demonstrated some metal working skills for the public. William Orr brought down his in process tiny home. NIMBY supporter John Bolero brought a custom painted 1968 Fiat Spider convertible. Inside the Studio One space, several NIMBY newcomers displayed their LED creations. Bobby Cox, Tim Kettering and James Ranovich brought The Sanctuary of Self, a LED wall hacked with a motion capture device. Clay Richardson and Erika Pappas brought their 5 foot tall LED pyramid, an LED coffee table, and a few other creations.
Special thanks to the hardworking organizers of Mini Maker Faire: Sabrina Merlo and Jennifer Pahlka. Putting together a successful event of that size is no easy feat, but you two make it seem easy. Finally a big “Thank You!” to all of our participating Makers and NIMBY Volunteers: Mack Storton, Martin Sweet, Michelle Bert, and Deidre O’Neill.