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Burlington Mini Maker Faire News!

Bennett H.
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Burlington, NC
Hello Everyone,

Some quick updates on our first ever Burlington Mini Maker Faire (to be held on Saturday April 28th from 10:00am till 9:00pm at the Holly Hill Mall in Burlington, free to the public!)

Website Updated!

I've updated our site at http://makerfaireburl...­ and it now includes a "Register to Attend" button on every page. This button links back to an Eventbrite Ticket Registration (thanks to some help and sponsorship by Make Magazine). The event is still free to the public, but folks can now register in advance for the event and by bringing their tickets with them to the Faire, can enter into a drawing for one of many great door prizes made by our makers or donated by our sponsors! By registering we'll have a better handle on how many folks will be attending, and will better be able to let our makers and exhibitors know what to expect so they can bring enough materials for everyone who attends!

Share our Website with your Friends!

Post to your page on Facebook, e-mail to your friends and family, tweet about it on twitter, help us put out posters and signs, tell local businesses. We are hoping for good attendance based on word of mouth!

Please Register for your own Ticket at our Website.

If you plan on attending our event (either as a maker, exhibitor, helper, sponsor, or just as a member of the public out to enjoy your afternoon) please use our registration system to sign up for a ticket (a free process). This will help me work out any problems before lots of folks start to sign up.

New Exhibitor/Sponsor: Mystery Build!

Mystery Build (http://www.mysterybuild.com/­) is a maker business that started in 2009 in Raleigh NC. They make art kits aimed at kids, schools, and hobbyists where folks use only the materials included in the box to make some kind of art project. Pictures or video of the project is then sent in to be judged by a panel of artists, and the best works may win a prize up to $10,000! Mystery Build is going to be sponsoring our Maker Faire in a few different ways and will also be creating a really cool interactive art exhibit for us. We are still working out details, but the idea is to create a large crowd-sourced mural that will grow and evolve throughout the day. Folks from the public will work within constraints provided by Mystery Build, but be able to express themselves freely (within PG guidelines of course). Real artists can also help folks learn a little technique as they express their creativity.

We're Now also a part of the NC Science Festival!

The NC Science Festival takes place during the month of April all over the state of NC. Their website links to family friendly science events sponsored by universities, corporations, and individuals like the Alamamance Makers Guild! Check them out at: http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/­ Being a part of the NC Science Festival will also help us spread the word about our event! (Check out their calendar of events for each region to see if there are other things you might want to do throughout April!)

Graphics and Posters!

Special Thanks to two of our members, Ilsa Spaan and Steve Reinhart for helping us with our graphics needs for the Alamance Makers Guild and for the Burlington Mini Maker Faire! Ilsa is working on graphics, posters, and tee shirt designs for our Maker Faire, and Steve has created a great flyer to promote the Alamance Makers Guild. Stay tuned for the designs to be posted to the website. We will also get paper copies, business cards, and other flyers out to members who might want to help put them up in appropriate and consenting places around the community.

Call for Makers (now through April 14th)

If you want to exhibit YOUR projects at our Maker Faire (and you haven't already talked to me about this at our previous meetings) then check out the "Makers Apply Here" button or the "Makers" tab on our website. Send an e-mail to info@makerfaireburlington.com with your project description and we'll get back to you about the possibility of exhibiting. Space and Time are limited, but we are committed to displaying the best projects to the community!

Burlington Mini Maker Faire in the News!

There will be an article about the Alamance Makers Guild and the Burlington Mini Maker Faire in the Saturday March 24th Times News (authored by Molly McGowan, who interviewed us at our most recent open meeting). If you're not subscribed to the paper, please think about going out and buying a copy. The article should also be online (stay tuned for links at our website and fan page) Thanks Molly! We're looking forward to your article.

Also, Alamance Magazine invited me to write an article for them about our group and the Maker Faire. It is scheduled to run in their April edition.

Thanks to Everyone!

Thanks to everyone who has made our Alamance Makers Guild possible, and who are helping out with our Mini Maker Faire. Also special thanks to Make Magazine for all of their support as we set up our event!

Stay Tuned for more updates, and for some more meetings of our group between now and the Maker Faire in April!

Don't forget to tell your friends!
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