Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire! 'Nuf said!

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  • John M.

    This was my first Maker Faire, I took family along because it was billed as very Kid friendly. I had fun talking to the 3d folks but it was a burden having a 5yo and fighting the large crowd in a dark, cramped space. I thought the content was excellent, it was the EMP convoluted layout that was the problem. That's the first time I had been to EMP, it's a really different place to say the least. I will look forward to next year and hopefully a different location.

    March 25

  • Austin S.

    Indeed, as a whole I thought this year's faire was worth going to (eg. seeing Emmett Lalish demystify the cooperative design process), but I'm planning on writing the event organizers to let them know that the EMP was an absolutely terrible venue to hold the faire in. In particular the segmentation of the booths (made the faire seem much smaller), cramped spaces, and unfriendly/frequent security checks and confusing blocked off areas/paths made it difficult to relax and enjoy what was being seen.

    Put another way, even just filling a parking lot with tents would have been a much better (and cheaper!) way of putting the faire together. (although... it is seattle, so maybe renting out a parking lot would be the most expensive option?)

    March 25

  • Jeff N.

    Unfotunately I have been having some serious back problems, and although I intended to go, my back was not willing, but from comments, looks like I didn't miss much.

    March 25

    • Craig Z.

      Speaking for myself, while I didn't really like the EMP as a venue, I enjoyed the event and saw enough cool stuff to make it worth going.

      1 · March 25

  • April A.

    The EMP building is fun to wander around in, but it was not the best venue for the maker fair. The long lines for will-call were crazy! I would've printed my ticket if I'd known. On the plus side, the darker room on the 3rd floor made it easier to see the EL wire and LED display.

    March 24

  • Randy

    It seems to be getting smaller each year, especially outside. Very few new makers. Venue was crowded compared to prior years.

    March 23

    • Craig Z.

      I'm not absolutely positive this is 100% accurate, but a quick perusal of past Maker lists (via the wayback machine) I got 46, 60, and 52 for 2012, 2013, and 2014, respectively. So, fewer than last year, but more than the first one. It isn't obvious which were outside in 2013 so I didn't break those numbers out. I think the feeling of being smaller could be amplified by EMP setup being more crowded.

      March 24

  • Dan T.

    Agreed, not much new, and the venue was disappointing at best:
    - Spotty to None cell and wi-fi.
    - Way too crowded, can't even get up to the tables.
    - Poor lighting, I want to SEE what people have made.
    - And worst of all... in-your-face security, every time you turn a corner. Being spread all over just doesn't work.

    Please... let's not have it at EMP again.

    1 · March 24

  • Diana

    ye ye ye

    March 22

  • Dan T.

    Lamentably no. I missed the deadline to do the paperwork, and then missed the email notifying me that the booth space was about to be given away!

    I'm very sorry about that! I guess this year we will just relax and enjoy the faire instead of maintaining a booth.

    If someone has a project they would be sorely distraught to not get to display, let me know. In that case I will shake the bushes to see if we can scare out an available corner of someone else's booth or some-such.

    March 17

    • Roy A.

      Not a problem, I wasn't very prepared either :) I'm just interested to see how it fits inside the EMP.

      March 17

  • Roy A.

    Is there a King Makers table available to display stuff?

    March 17

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