Call for Makers Now Open

THE 2015 Call for Makers is now open! 

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All kinds, and all ages, of makers and do-ers are invited to be part of the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire on Sunday 1 November at Tonsley.

We want you to showcase your projects, skills and talents. We want creative, innovative, fun, interactive  displays showing  how things are made, demonstrating your passion and ingenuity. 

You can get involved as a maker/exhibitor, presenter/speaker, workshop leader or performer:

  • exhibit your project: we’ll provide you with a table and chairs, which will be filled with visitors who are curious and interested in meeting you (there will be a small fee involved based on the size and complexity of the exhibit) 
  • give a presentation: be part of the Speaker’s Program talk and about your project, idea, research, hobby or work
  •  hold a workshop we’ll provide you with a workshop space where you can help people get ‘hands on’
  •  participate as a performer

If you would like to exhibit at the Faire, please make your submission by clicking on the link below and filling out your details in the online form (link below):

Tell us about your idea complete the Call for Makers Form.

Please note: this event is curated to ensure a diversity of exhibits – that is, an application does not automatically guarantee selection for participation. 

Closing date for submissions is 4 July 2015.

Adelaide Mini Maker Faire Fundraiser Avengers: Age of Ultron

An exclusive screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron and the launch of Call for Makers

Sunday April 26 2015 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Doors open 6pm. Event starts 6:15pm

Palace Nova Cinema, 3 Cinema Place, Adelaide 5000

All tickets $20

The proceeds from this fundraiser will contribute to the staging of the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire.  The day will be a celebration of the best South Australian technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food and more!

Join us for the launch of our Call for Makers and learn how you can get involved with the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire, before settling down to an exclusive Adelaide Mini Maker Faire screening of the latest Avengers movie.

Please check the classification before booking.

Save the Date!

We are delighted to announce the date of the second Adelaide Mini Maker Faire.

Sunday 1 November at Tonsley

1284 South Road, Clovelly Park (the old Mitsubishi site)

The Call for Makers will be in April, so start thinking about how you can be part of what will be an amazing day.

More details about the day will be announced soon.

Thank you to Luke Tansell, for our new promotional video.

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We are excited to announce that Adelaide Mini Maker Faire is back!

The Date will be announced on Thursday 12 february.

The Call for Makers will be in April 2015, so get thinking about what you might like to make, do, say and workshop at the second Adelaide Mini Maker Faire.

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The Adelaide Mini Maker Faire Team.

Adelaide Mini Maker Faire may be over but Maker Love lasts forever

Wow. We knew Mini Maker Faire would be a blast, but we were not even vaguely expecting the amount of people who turned up yesterday. We can’t tell precisely how many but estimates have been ranging from 2,500-4,000 people, all milling around AC Arts in Light Square.

Photo by Robert Rath

Photo by Robert Rath

We’re still recovering and gathering data but wanted to share a little social media thread to show you how much love and geeky maker goodness exists in this fair city. Oh and we wanted to shout out to our fabulous award winners!

Award Winners:

Most sustainable – John Yard
Smartest use of materials – Tony Schick
Good stuff award – Archer’s Arcadia
Best Backyard Science – Hackerspace
Best Blend of Tech and Creativity – Voxon
Best on Ground – Kim and Janet Hawtin
Best Cat Herder – Alison Kershaw

THANK YOU for making the inaugural Adelaide Mini Maker Faire the best day ever! We always hoped this would be the first of many but now we know you guys all want that too… so watch this space!

Meet the Maker :: Thom Buchanan :: Live Performance Drawing

Thom at Canberra Centennial 2013; image courtesy Ray Bruce

Canberra Centennial 2013; image courtesy Ray Bruce

Thom is a painter and cross-disciplinary artist residing in Adelaide. He graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art and then completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) degree in 2010 at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA.

His recent major collaborations were The Kreutzer Sonata with the State Theatre Company through the Adelaide Festival, Moving Music, Womad and The Centenary of Canberra 2013 as well as several exhibitions nationally and in SA in 2013.

In the last ten years Thom has been developing his unique “live performance art” techniques through new collaborations including the performance in 2011 Worldhood with Australian Dance Theatre. He’ll be starting a special live performance for Adelaide Mini Maker Faire from 1pm outside, adjacent to AC Arts (near the big red bus).


Meet the Maker :: Fee Plumley :: reallybigroadtrip

Fee Plumley is a geek maker. What she makes varies; sometimes they’re written things or live performance things and sometimes she makes (or nurtures) online community.

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign last year she is now the proud owner of a Toyota Coaster called “homeJames”. Come meet the bus and find out about reallybigroadtrip and her plans to travel Australia making & sharing digital arts with everyone she meets.


Meet the Maker :: Hackerspace Adelaide

20120905_204559_8_bestshotHackerspace Adelaide is an open community which holds regular group Hacksessions. Hacking is the understanding that technology is malleable, and so much more than a shiny box you buy from a shop. Sometimes we take things apart to find out how they work, sometimes we put things back together to make them better and sometimes we use what we have learned to make entirely new things. The only skill requirement for attending a Hacksession is curiosity, and the range of technologies we explore is entirely determined by the attendees, so bring your current hack along, or pop in and see what people are working on.

At the Mini Makerfaire we will be be demonstrating a selection of our members’ creations. Stop by and say hello!

Meet the Maker :: Australian Dalek Builders Union :: Dalek

Australia’s Dalek Builders formed a union in 2012 to share their love of building the scariest cyborgs from the worlds longest running science fiction show in history, Doctor Who’s Daleks.

These builders create full scale, fully functional Daleks that tend to be better and more detailed than the actual props used on the show.

The Union is an Australian subset of the British group of builders called Project Dalek and the members come together once a month to share experiences, skills and knowledge.

Meet the Maker :: Tony Schick :: Rocking Horse

DSCN1242Tony Schick is a retired IT professional who has returned to his original “shed guy” roots inherited from his Father and Grandfather.

The rocking horse was made by Tony as a gift to his family, with all parts except the eyes and metal fittings constructed in Tony’s shed. The entire project occupied approximately 150 hours during the winter months of 2012.

Tony likes to call upon his IT background to help with his projects, preferring to design in 3D CAD programs and construct from drawings once the design is complete. He is currently working on translating the full sized rocking horse plans into a scaleable version which will be a miniaturised laser cut copy for his Grandaughter’s dolls house.

Some of his other projects include being part of a group restoring a 1950’s vintage aircraft (a Super Aero 145), and another group preparing a 1960 P4 Rover 100 for a wedding (including a complete stripdown and respray). He is a member of the Institute of Back Yard Studies and a volunteer at Fab Lab Adelaide.