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2016 Sponsors

Maker Faire Adelaide wouldn’t be possible without the active involvement and generous contributions of our sponsors. Please take a moment to explore their products, activities and services:

Maker Media

Platinum Smith Sponsor

Maker Media publishes  Make: magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.



Goldsmith Sponsor

Tonsley, Australia’s first innovation district is connecting businesses with the best and brightest. It is driving change in a tight, focused, vibrant and dynamic environment in one of the world’s most liveable cities — Adelaide.


Green Industries SA

Goldsmith Sponsor

Keeping South Australia at the forefront of the waste, recycling and resource recovery sector is central to the work of Green Industries SA. In an increasingly globalised environment, increased connectivity – virtual and real – and partnerships remain vital to its success.


Trotec Laser
Australia & New Zealand

Goldsmith Sponsor

Trotec Laser Australia and New Zealand offer the largest and most innovative portfolio of laser cutting, laser marking and laser engraving machines in the industry. Their range of laser cutting and engraving machines can provide the optimal solution for your application. Trotec's portfoilo boasts CO2 and fiber laser machines with different power levels and sizes to suit many industries and applications.

Trotec laser machines are suitable for engraving, etching, marking and cutting. They are able to process a wide range of materials such as wood, timber, laminates, perspex, acrylic, leather, paper, glass, trophies, plastics, stone, stainless steel and aluminium.


Office for the Ageing

Goldsmith Sponsor

The Government of South Australia, through the Office for the Ageing , SA Health, is committed to supporting the social, economic and civic participation of older South Australians, including through life-long learning. The state ageing plan Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia’s Ageing Plan, Our Vision 2014-2019 guides initiatives to benefit older South Australians including actions which prioritise their health, wellbeing and security, social and economic participation, and all-ages-friendly South Australia. In addition to implementing the State’s Ageing Plan, the Office for the Ageing delivers outcomes for older people through:

• South Australian Seniors Card
• Weekendplus – our e-magazine
• Grants for Seniors and Positive Ageing Grants
• Retirement Villages Unit
• Aged Care Assessment Program

Visit the Office for the Ageing here:



Silversmith Sponsor

When it comes to high quality products, low prices and all things 3D printing, Australia has a new leading supplier, 3DPrinterGear. We provide clients with everything they need to create their own 3D printed items including filament, spare parts, 3D scanners, printers and more.

We believe that a 3D printer could become a stable in every household. Imagine being able to create everything you can set your mind to. Imagine being able to scan a spoon, toothbrush holder or statuette at one end and then printing it at the other.

At 3Dprintergear we offer the most completive 3D printer prices in Australia. And if you find a cheaper price on an in stock printer elsewhere we will happily match it.3D printing is the way of the future, so browse our extensive collection of scanners, printers, accessories and spare parts now and get started on creating your very own three dimensional objects.


Mobile Science Education

Theme Sponsor: Demonstration Zone

Mobile Science Education is a South Australian based, science education support service that comes to you.

Offering science incursions since 2006, MSE has since grown steadily with shows, programs and professional development presented to over 125,000 students and teachers so far across South Australia, as well as over 82,000 more as a part of public events.


Jaycar Electronics

Silversmith Sponsor

Jaycar Electronics is a leading Australian and New Zealand electronics retail company that is committed to providing our customers with quality, range, and value for money. We have a passion for electronics and are proud of the unique products we bring to our customers.



Silversmith Sponsor

TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training (VET) in South Australia delivering more than 1000 courses to an average of 80,000 students per year at our campuses across the State.

TAFE SA offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options to suit your personal needs.


Flinders University

Silversmith Sponsor

Flinders University enjoys a well-justified reputation for its excellence in teaching and research. It has a long-standing commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for all and a proud record of community engagement.


891 ABC Adelaide

Media Partner

891 ABC Adelaide will be joining us again this year as a Media Partner.

Keep an eye out for more information about interviews and on-air giveaways before the big day.

There will also be a special live broadcast from Maker Faire Adelaide of 891 Weekends with Ashley Walsh from 10am to 12 noon - make sure you don’t miss it.

To keep up to date with more 891 ABC Adelaide activities and broadcasts, subscribe to their newsletter here:


Department of State Development

Theme Sponsor: Workshop Program

The Department of State Development helps industry, business and communities identify and capitalise upon opportunities for job creation and economic growth.

It harnesses the South Australian Government’s expertise in attracting investment, improving industry competitiveness and building a skilled workforce.


City of Marion

Theme Sponsor: Speakers Program

Business Marion

Business success is essential to the future of the City of Marion as a place to live, learn, work and invest.  

We are here for the local business community to:

• Be your first point of contact at council

• Provide local business support services through partnerships with business associations, Tonsley Small Business Advisory Service and the Tonsley Business Support Ecosystem

• Help you to connect with local businesses, skilled people and training providers

• Offer networking, information and educational business events

• Support local initiatives such as the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board, Visitor Economy, Digital projects, Workforce Development

• Activate the Cove Enterprise Hub and Tonsley Business Hub

• Advocate on regional issues.

Keep up to date with local business events and what is happening in your business community by signing up to your e-newsletter.

Free business advice?

The City of Marion and the Department of State Development have joined forces to fund a service aimed at helping small businesses develop and grow in the region. Bob Sloan, our experienced Business Advisor, is available for a confidential discussion at either your place of business, Tonsley or Hallett Cove. Bob is available to help people looking at starting out or existing businesses. Call Bob on 0417 731125 to make an appointment.

Do you have visitors and looking for local places to eat, places to play, places to stay and places to shop?

The ‘Seven Days in Marion’ is an initiative of the City of Marion and the Visitor Economy Working Group – a business led group focused on supporting visitors to our city. The initiative will showcase key visitor assets and promote our local businesses.

‘Seven Days in Marion’ is a high quality publication and website that aims to attract customers to your business in a new and dynamic manner.

The publication will be distributed annually to City of Marion residents (over 40,000 households) and our tourist distribution network (approximately 117 locations).

To find out more, or to be involved in the launch, please make contact with Donna Griffiths, Economic Development Officer, via email [email protected] or on telephone 8375 6897.


Aleph Objects Inc.

Coppersmith Sponsor

Aleph Objects Inc. is a Free Software, Libre Innovation, and Open Source Hardware company and maker of the LulzBot line of desktop 3D printers. Aleph Objects was founded in January 2011 and headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, USA, where we develop, manufacture, and support our products. Learn more at


Inspiring South Australia

Coppersmith Sponsor

The Inspiring South Australia program is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the South Australian Department of State Development, the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University and the South Australian Museum


RFShop (Australia)

Coppersmith Sponsor

RFShop (Australia) opened in July 2000 and has been successfully supporting Australian, NZ and worldwide RF (Radio Frequency), Wi-Fi, Wireless, Cellular and Internet and Microwave Businesses . We are a partner company to RFShop (UK).

RFShop offers technical solutions that can improve your wireless experience, including better reception, longer radio range, coaxial cable extensions or connector adjustments.

We have a range of ready-to-ship products, but we offer custom-made cables to suit any length, connector or cable type that is available in the radio frequency industry. We also stock a wide range of antennas for low to high frequency applications. Call or email us if you do not find what you're looking for on our website.

Recently, RFShop has also co-developed a new 2.4GHz antenna range extender. This range extender will be demonstrated live at the Adelaide Maker Faire as a suitable option for WiFi, Drones and RC Planes. Come and visit our stand to learn more!


Better Impact

Blacksmith Sponsor

Better Impact Inc. are a small but global company who provide and support volunteer management software to help nonprofits, charities and government agencies accomplish their missions.



Blacksmith Sponsor

Monkeystack are a group of artists and programmers who make animations, illustrations and games. They are a passionate and friendly bunch who love the craft and art of all things new, quirky, inspiring, unique and fun. They make linear and interactive works of entertainment in both digital and physical form, and often take on commissions to help clients realise their creative vision too.


Core Electronics

Blacksmith Sponsor

Core Electronics is powered by makers, for makers. We’ve made DIY / educational electronics a lifestyle and have become a leading Australian supplier for brands such as Sparkfun, Adafruit, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. We create helpful tutorials for electronics / 3D printing and help tens of makers with their projects every week on our forum. Get in touch
with us today!


Institute of
Backyard Studies

Blacksmith Sponsor

The Institute of Backyard Studies fosters the growth of resourcefulness, open-ended enquiry and invention across the backyards and sheds of the world.

They value creative resourcefulness and the use of wits beyond rubies. The answer to most things is in our own backyard.



Blacksmith Sponsor

At PayPal, we put people at the centre of everything we do. Founded in 1998, we continue to be at the forefront of the digital payments revolution. In 2015, 28% of the 4.9 billion payments we processed were made on a mobile device. PayPal gives people better ways to connect to their money and to each other, helping them safely access and move their money and offering a choice of how they would like to pay or be paid.

With our 188 million active customer accounts, we have created an open and secure payments ecosystem that people and businesses choose to securely transact with each other online, in stores and on mobile devices. PayPal is a truly global payments platform that is available to people in more than 202 countries, allowing customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds to their bank accounts in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies. For more information on PayPal, visit For PYPL financial information, visit


Electric Bug

Blacksmith Sponsor

Electric Bug are a major supplier of radio communication, GPS navigation, reversing camera and digital radio products nationwide and offer professional service with a touch of genuine care.