Oskitone and OKAY synth at Maker Faire

We are big fans of the OKAY 2 Monophonic Synth Kit and we were excited to see the creator, Tommy at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018.  From the Oskitone newsletter:

unnamed

I spent last weekend at Maker Faire Bay Area, an annual event put on by the people behind Make Magazine. My exhibit stall was in between the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the US Patent Office — pretty legit! I had synths out for people to play, gave demos and motivational speeches to kids, traded stickers for email addresses, and had some really great conversations with people.

Over three days, I talked to maybe 500 folks (+/- 100), which is a lot for an introvert! It was exhausting but incredible. I think I’m still processing it.

Screenshot from 2018-06-02 14-13-11.png

I met so many cool people… Makers, musicians, kids, parents, students, teachers, industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers, writers, editors, etc etc!

  • I was happy to find a lesson outside electronics for the younger visitors: the piano keys on the OKAY 2 are actually levers — a mechanical “simple machine” already familiar to a lot of students. It was fun watching it “click” in their minds that the further back they tried to press the key, the more energy it required. (I also noticed a greater appreciation in parents for a more palatable educational takeaway, so I think they liked it too.)

Screenshot from 2018-06-02 14-15-28.png

Evil Mad Scientist stopped by with a 555 recreated with discrete components and swapped it out for the 555 timer in the OKAY 2. It was such a great, uneventful demo. “What will it do?” “Exactly the same thing.” Awesome!

Screenshot from 2018-06-02 13-55-59.png

I got closer to perfecting my marketing. What started as a 5min dissertation talk on Friday became a 30sec elevator pitch by Sunday, saving my throat while seemingly having no negative sales effect. I may write a blog post on this.

There is no greater stress test for a physical product than 100 kids with candy smeared on their faces banging on it. I was relieved that the synths mostly stood up to the fatigue, but, of course, there’s room for improvement, which I now have a good idea on how to design. Thanks, kids! 🙂

Screenshot from 2018-06-02 13-54-26.png

Oskitone and OKAY synth at Maker Faire

Hacking for Learning and Laughs: The Makers of Oakwood School

The tagline of Bay Area Maker Faire is “Inspire the Future” and there was plenty of inspiration for our future generation. We have exhibits encouraging children to get hands-on making projects to call their own, and we have many schools exhibiting their student projects telling stories of what they’ve done. 357 more words

via Hacking for Learning and Laughs: The Makers of Oakwood School — Hackaday

Hacking for Learning and Laughs: The Makers of Oakwood School

Bring-a-Hack TONIGHT May 20th at BJ’s San Mateo

Screenshot from 2018-05-15 09-12-05

#bringahack Bay Area is TONIGHT, May 20th!  Please join us for this wonderful tradition that Jeri Ellsworth started:

Sunday evening, May 20th, at BJ’s in San Mateo, 6pm to 12am

2206 Bridgepoint Parkway
San Mateo, CA 94404

650-931-2990

Screenshot from 2018-05-15 09-18-16.png Check out last year for some inspiration:

Photos of Bring-A-Hack after Maker Faire Bay Area 2017

 

Bring-a-Hack TONIGHT May 20th at BJ’s San Mateo

Bring-A-Hack is Sunday, May 20th, at BJs in San Mateo

Screenshot from 2018-05-15 09-12-05

#bringahack Bay Area is this Sunday evening, May 20th!  Please join us for this wonderful tradition that Jeri Ellsworth started:

Sunday evening, May 20th, at BJ’s in San Mateo, 6pm to 12am

2206 Bridgepoint Parkway
San Mateo, CA 94404

650-931-2990

Screenshot from 2018-05-15 09-18-16.png Check out last year for some inspiration:

Photos of Bring-A-Hack after Maker Faire Bay Area 2017

 

Bring-A-Hack is Sunday, May 20th, at BJs in San Mateo

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, May 5th

We are proud to be a sponsor of Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire 2018 this Saturday, May 5th, at Carl Schurz High School:

Screenshot from 2018-04-30 10-50-34.png

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire

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!
cns.jpg
Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, May 5th