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FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:39:28 AM »
As of the current space plan, the FamiLAB booth Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire is the single largest area!


Most standard spaces are 10x10, we currently have the FamiLAB area at 30x40. If there is an amazing plan, I can work to expand the space as needed - we are limited, but I can work on it.




What happens in that space is up to FamiLAB - however there are some existing parameters...


1) Learn to solder is in the FamiLAB space - this helps people connect "FamiLAB" and "Educational" - and should provide the lab good buzz. Dave is ordering 500 learn to solder pins from Make:


2) At the moment, we don't have a separate 3D printing village - I'm thinking one SIDE of the FamiLAB space is 3d printing, and the other groups that also have 3d printers will be across the aisle (11ft aisle) from them, so it still feels to the attendee that 3D printing is in one area - but it will be obvious that 3d printing is also part of FamiLAB


3) Most standard exhibits (the 10x10) will use pop-up canopies to "define" their space - we aren't getting a 30x40 popup canopy (we can check on renting something perhaps...) - so, FamiLAB needs to think of some creative ways to make the space obviously FamiLAB - things can be hung from the steel structure (banners, etc) - we need some creativity here


4) Some members have requested their own spaces (Dave C, Tom L, Ted W, Ally G, John Cope, Carey Davis, Dave Woods, George Demeny, David Rudd, Science (Strandbeest), Paul Squitteri, Bob C., (I know I'm missing some) - so their stuff doesn't have to fit in the "group" space. It would be cool if all the FamiLAB members that had separate booths displayed the FamiLAB logo on their booth so people would connect-the-dots even when that person's booth isn't near the FamiLAB table.  Someone suggested edge-lit acrylic signs with the logo - be awesome if all those other areas had them - or maybe a vinyl sign - or hell, just a poster :)


5) Having FamiLOGO tshirts that day would be amazing - I know Tom is planning a screen-printing booth - but if we wanted to order some in advance, they are abut $8 each from Big Top (who might even do a partial sponsorship) - and could be sold at the booth / Open Houses, etc.  Again, we want people seeing that logo everywhere and asking "What is that?!"


6) If you are planning to hang in the FamiLAB booth, teach soldering, talk to the public, show off 3d printers, etc. AWESOME - let Mack know (you can post in this thread). Mack is one of the OMMF organizers and he has accountability for the FamiLAB booth.



7) IF YOU THINK YOU ARE GETTING DEDICATED SPACE AT OMMF AND YOU DIDN'T FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AND GET A RESPONSE BACK FROM US, PLEASE EMAIL ME (ian.cole@gmail.com) ASAP!



I started this thread to get a discussion going about how to make FamiLAB look AMAZING at OMMF. One of the primary reasons we started OMMF was to drive membership / sponsorship for FamiLAB - this is a HUGE opportunity - let's do it!





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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 06:21:46 PM »
I'm volunteering for whatever Mack needs. Just let me know.

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2012, 08:06:08 PM »
what ever needs to be done to set up I can help anytime.  What is the schduele to set up the booths what time can we get in on friday to set up.  Maybe this coming tue would be a good time to figure out the familab area at OMMF.

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 01:28:40 AM »
I am going to print out the biggest mazes ever on our 24" butcher paper printer and get people to try them.

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 07:35:14 AM »
What is the schduele to set up the booths what time can we get in on friday to set up. 

Most Makers won't be able to setup until Friday afternoon - it will probably be after 3 - we need the morning to lay out the space, get things in the basic position, get the electrical run, etc. We can handle FamiLAB members earlier, especially if you will help do other tasks (like marking off booths) - but we can't handle a ton of distractions.

At this point we won't have air conditioning on the setup day - it will be painful, but it saves us close to $1k!

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 07:35:44 AM »
I am going to print out the biggest mazes ever on our 24" butcher paper printer and get people to try them.

Adam has the 3pi maze solving robot if you want to try it :)

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 07:53:28 AM »
Chorca / tetsu, what about making a really really long banner with the vinyl cutter or the 24" printer, then turning it into one of these hanging circles over the booth?









http://www.advatumdisplays.com/servlet/the-1146/Hanging-Banner-Sign/Detail




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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 03:19:57 PM »
At Maker Faire NY, Alpha One labs had a cool box that played music over the PA system when you put in dollars...might be a cool project for someone and a great way to get some donation cash :)

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 03:56:50 AM »
Ian, I'm going to have a booth, but will have some neat projects that can go into the FamiLAB area if we'll have the space. Say an Xbox 360 with small monitor. I have a controller converter I could rig up to it. Also, I have a lego train project that could take up a small footprint.

If I could get some more 1/4" cell casted acrylic in time, I could make side lit signs for all the member booths.
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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 10:36:36 AM »
Ian, I'm going to have a booth, but will have some neat projects that can go into the FamiLAB area if we'll have the space. Say an Xbox 360 with small monitor. I have a controller converter I could rig up to it. Also, I have a lego train project that could take up a small footprint.

Work with Mack on FamiLAB booth space allocation.

If I could get some more 1/4" cell casted acrylic in time, I could make side lit signs for all the member booths.

Remind me to call Laird Plastics to see if they'd donate some.

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2012, 01:49:28 PM »
Is there a plan for stickers or window clings or bumper stickers or whatev with the logo? If not for the fairer, and we should at least look into window stickers for members' cars

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 06:45:57 PM »
I'd like to help out with the 3D printing village, considering I'll have a printer there. I can do whatever is needed there to coordinate the setting up of 3d printers and can come with a toolbox that should help is work on most of them we can print up some parts before that we can give away or something at the booth so people can take home something printed, as well ad running the printers there making parts.

As far as the banners go, it could be done. I can do up to 2' in one direction and pretty damn long in the other. If someone wants yo work with me and maybe even help out with the costs associated with purchasing the materials (I'm a bit tapped iht right now) I'd be down for putting one together.

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2012, 04:53:26 AM »
Whistles.  Whistles with "FamiLAB", or the familab logo printed on the side.  Small, easy to print, annoying...


This gave me the idea: http://josefprusa.cz/present-reprap-like-a-sir/
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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2012, 02:24:21 PM »
Dave Casey posted this great link from MAKE magazine on a booth for makers: http://blog.makezine.com/2012/03/11/how-to-maker-faire-booth/

How many tables do we think we'll need?  The fairgrounds will be providing them.  I think they're standard 8 foot banquet tables.  We'll definitely want one or two for the 3D printers.  We'll want one for someone to sit at with informational literature.  We probably don't want to clog up the booth with tables if we're going to have something big/neat to show.

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Re: FamiLAB Pavilion at Orlando Mini Maker Faire - DISCUSS
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2012, 03:59:26 PM »
How many tables do we think we'll need? 

Suggest a layout in advance, planning for the Learn to Solder space inside. Can probably get input from Mitch or find photos of LTS at other Maker Faires that show with a good tight footprint...