Adelaide Mini Maker Faire
On Sunday 1 November 2015, over 5000 visitors attended the second Adelaide Mini Maker Faire, and the first to be held at Tonsley, making it the largest public event yet in the new innovation district built on the site of the former Mitsubishi car plant. The venue was a perfect match for the aims of the Mini Maker Faire, bringing small-scale start-ups, individual makers and innovators together with educational institutions and technological enterprises, to demonstrate, sell and explain their ideas, innovations and products.
Some 85 exhibitors participated, ranging from a hat maker and a traditional tinsmith through to 3D body scanning, robotics, a drone racing cage and locally adapted electric vehicles. In addition, the support of both TAFE SA and Flinders University was instrumental in opening up the site around the Tonsley MAB (Main Assembly building) with exhibits to connect the two buildings, plus some excellent displays and activities were widely enjoyed in these buildings.
Many makers, exhibitors and sponsors provided opportunities for hands on experiences including Intel Australia workshops, Mobile Science Education activities, the Southern Lego Users Group, Questacon and the Institute of Backyard Studies. Thanks to the support of TAFE SA, Flinders University and Hackerspace Adelaide, children and adults could try soldering to make a badge or an LED torch.