We are proud to be a sponsor of Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire 2018 this Saturday, May 5th, at Carl Schurz High School:
the first and largest officially licensed Maker Faire in the Chicagoland area. We are a local, grassroots celebration of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) spirit in Chicago, focusing on education across all ages and social groups. Our makers represent a mix of beginners and experts, hobbyists and professionals, groups and individuals, and all ages, backgrounds, and interests. With a shoestring budget and only a dream, our inaugural Mini Maker Faire in April, 2012 was a smashing success thanks to the 50+ makers who shared their talents in 3D printing, robotics, jewelry making, and urban farming, just to name a few. Now with close to 100 makers, we’re still growing. Come
experience it for yourself!
Tomorrow, Saturday March 31st, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago:
On Saturday, March 31 we’re keeping our doors open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. as we host the MSI Chicago Mini Maker Faire! Join some of the most fascinating, curious people—from engineers and artists, to scientists and crafters—in a celebration of local maker culture. Learn how to become an innovator yourself by speaking one-on-one with makers, and leave inspired and ready to invent.
Look for our Drew Fustini in purple!
Ben Strahan of Hologram.io writes about why development hardware should be open source:
It’s a simple premise – black boxes stifle innovation while open systems encourage exploration. Black Boxes and IP have their place as an essential tool in our economy; but in an industry like IoT where rapid innovation is needed, we need to push for open development tools as the building blocks that lead to innovative end-products for industry and consumers.
Going forward Hologram will open-source all hardware we develop for the developer community, including dependent firmware, through OSHWA. We see this as a mandatory step we need to take to help move IoT forward, to lower the barriers to entry, and to spur innovation in a rapidly evolving ecosystem.
The hardware design files for the new Hologram Nova module are available on GitHub:
Sebastian Gajate was in town all the way from Argentina and presented The Amp Hour host Chris Gammell with his own fútbol jersey!
Thanks to Andrew Sowa bringing his camera and taking the above shot and many more wonderful photos. Bart Dring brought his latest CNC build: a drawing robot based on Line-us.
Here the draw bot in action:
Brian Rutkowski’s impressive LED spinner project was a crowd pleaser!
Photo by Andrew Sowa
Watch more of the dazzling LEDs in this video:
The adorable Simula robot by Jamie Laing was another favorite:
Simula made several new friends:
We were excited to get a look at the purple PCB inside:
Andrew Sowa showed the results of his technique in KiCad for converting photos into PCB artwork
We were excited to meet Jose Ignacio Romero who had designed the Low Power Continuity Tester for the One Square Inch contest on Hackaday.io last year. He brought many projects to share including this color memory LCD board:
Peter Zieba of Analytics Lounge community lab demonstrated XRF (X-ray fluorescence)!
View more photos in these galleries: