[Lab] Fab Fair in the Fall

Andrew Plumb andrew at plumb.org
Fri May 21 11:56:43 EDT 2010

Hey Sebastien,

What's the assembly time record for a Mendel, if anyone has kept track?

If it's not already planned, that could be our on-site, community-building thing for Maker Faire NYC:

- Mendel assembly demos and Q&A
	- Print off parts and practice assembly over the summer
	- Bring Your Own Mendel (BYOM) build assistance

- Massively-paralleled group assembly (and tear-down?)
	- generate a set of group-optimized Mendel build instructions
	- if more than one full kit is present, make a competition of it.



On 2010-05-21, at 4:52 AM, Sebastien Bailard wrote:

> On May 14, 2010 11:10:37 am Ryan Stec wrote:
>> Hey Andrew,
>> The dates for Electric Fields are Wednesday November 3rd to Sunday
>> November 7th, so it would be a nice stretch of time between now and then.
>> Maybe this would be even more incentive to send a group of people to the
>> Maker Fair in NYC ;) I will ask around if any one knows of doing a group
>> rate thing. I think there is an NYC art trip out of the Ottawa School of
>> Art maybe.
> Rob Gilson and I will probably head down for NYC Maker Faire to help
> table for NYC-RepRap User Group, so we are in for a road-trip-caravan.
> Andrew, Ryan, other RepRap/RepStrap users, would you like to help table?
> It's fun.  :)
>> I wondered about what it would be to have an official license on the Maker
>> Fair. I'm sure it would add some extra momentum to the whole thing. We'll
>> have to look into it, maybe if we could get another partner on board that
>> would make it easier.
>> cheers
>> ryan
> Maker Faire does license / "bless" mini-faires like this:
> http://www.a2makerfaire.com/2010/
> I'll ask the organizers about it during down-time at this maker faire
> or over email if there is no down time, if you like.
> I'll try to put together some thoughts/notes on it all, but there is a
> lot to keep track of, just from the point of view of organizing a
> booth.  (Can't promise any pictures, as I'm currently between cameras,
> more's the pity.)
> -Sebastien
>>> On 2010-05-13, at 9:32 PM, Ryan Stec wrote:
>>>> Was thinking these last few days about how to involve the Mod Lab in
>>>> Electric Fields in the fall (EF is our festival of electronic art and
>>>> music), and was wondering what people thought of doing something like a
>>>> Maker Fair for a single evening. It would be on the Wednesday and could
>>>> be upstairs at Arts Court in the theatre and studio (for those who went
>>>> to the Pecha Kucha it would be in the same place).
>>>> Ideally it would be probably good to have a set number of tables and
>>>> create a committee and submission process, but we could reserve a
>>>> certain number of tables for a lottery to keep it open to chance.
>>> Hey Ryan,
>>> Has a date been set for EF?  I don't see anything at
>>> http://www.artengine.ca/community/calendar-en.php
>>> If it were some time in October then it could coincide with Halloween
>>> animatronic construction activities.
>>> Lindsay's TEDxKids event is Thursday, Sept. 16th so she and others
>>> (myself demoing my MakerBot) will likely be bogged down with last-minute
>>> prep activities leading up to it.
>>>> Be curious to know what people would think of this, especially those of
>>>> you who have had the chance to attend a Maker Fair.
>>> I haven't, but Sebastien should be able to fill us in on all the details
>>> when he returns+recovers from this weekend's MakerFaire in San Francisco.
>>> Also, Maker Faire NYC (see
>>> http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2010/callformakers/) is the weekend of Sept
>>> 25-26.  The more I think about it, the more I'm convincing myself we
>>> could round up enough people over the next three months to charter a
>>> coach bus for that road trip!
>>> Logistics-wise, is that something ArtEngine has experience with?  If not
>>> ArtEngine specifically, perhaps some of the other groups at Arts Court
>>> (Ottawa Symphony Orchestra would be my best guess) can offer advice &
>>> experience w.r.t. reliable bus lines (experienced with crossing the
>>> Canada/US border), locating preferred hotels near the site
>>> (http://www.nysci.org/), other per-person costs for budgeting (e.g.
>>> insurance and/or liability coverage requirements), other Canada/US
>>> border/embassy preparation activities, etc.
>>> Having EF after Maker Faire NYC would allow for some extra knowledge
>>> transfer to the local community.  Maybe enough momentum will get going
>>> for a formal "Maker Faire Canada/Ontario/Ottawa" event in the
>>> not-too-distant future!
>>> Think big or go home! ;-) Thoughts?
>>> Andrew.
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