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Simply7

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Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« on: March 02, 2013, 05:26:07 PM »
Just noticed that Tampa Mini Maker Faire is coming up on the 23rd. Anyone else planning to make the trek?

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 08:16:12 PM »
Unfortunately, the date conflicts with my son's state Science Olympiad - so I can't go :(

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2013, 02:47:50 PM »
I'm planning on going, is anyone else in?

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2013, 08:59:50 PM »
Yes, I would like to go over for the day.
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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 02:01:19 AM »
I'll be packing for San FRANCISCO.
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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013, 05:38:22 PM »
Anyone else? Trying to manage their expectations about table space needed, etc.

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2013, 09:21:32 PM »
I'd like to get a ride down.  I don't want to drive down by myself.


It isn't clear to me, are we hosting a table?  I'm good with that, I would bring my marble ball sculpture down if we are, it is 20 inches by 3 feet.



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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2013, 01:44:40 PM »
I was going as spectator. Are we going to have a table there?

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013, 02:05:07 PM »
If there are at least 3 of us going, I'll ask for a table.
I'll bring the banner and some cards, and maybe spend the day trying to get my ultimaker to print things.

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2013, 03:59:24 PM »
I moved the box of FamiLAB cards & stickers to the table next to the entry door...

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2013, 12:50:23 PM »
 >:(  -- I won't be able to make it, after all.
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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2013, 03:55:57 PM »
Here is some more info.
Simply7, do you need a ride?
Anyone else going?

Hello Again Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire Participant

In this email - some old stuff and some new - please review carefully!
Program
Map Info
Weather
Food
Workshops
Attendance
Hands On Interaction
Load in/load out
Media
Have FUN!
1. Event Program
Attached is a final review copy of the event program, with a map of the suggested pavilion layout, and a list of final workshops.  The document will be printed as an 11x17 folded program, with gratitude to Dex Imaging for providing free printing services for us again this year!

2) Map
A few booths have been switched around a bit to accommodate a couple of newcomers.  Everyone still has a minimum of 10x10 ft, and probably a little bit more space than that, with at least three feet between each booth, and probably 15 feet between the top, middle and bottom rows.

3) Weather
We're still looking at  a 30% chance of rain on Saturday, with isolated thundershowers - another good reason to keep everyone in and around the pavilion area.   Please come prepared though!

4) Food
The Seratoma Club is providing food (burgers, hot dogs, refreshments) in the smaller pavilion behind the main one.  They are the only food service provider, as none of our other hoped for vendors came through.  You are also welcome to bring your own provisions and picnic on the grounds.

5) Workshops
Please review the workshop schedule on the last page of the of the program.  ** Please note that due to the number of workshops and our ability to schedule them on the half hour, we're going to keep all the presentations and workshops in the Pavilion itself, rather than trying to get guests to leave the pavilion area to go to the Nature center classrooms.  Some presentations will be on the stage, others can be at booths, and others will be at space the back pavilion that we'll set up just for presentations. 
6) Attendance
Ticket sales have picked up online with about 120 online tickets sold plus the numbers I mentioned in the previous update.  Count on at least 250 -300 attendees, expect more and plan accordingly if you're giving out materials or doing activities.

7) Hands On Interaction
A reminder that our Mini Maker Faire is intended to be an engaging, hands on event that provides opportunities for doing, not just watching or browsing.   We want guests to be able to take have fun, learn new things, and take home things they made wherever possible.  The idea is to engage everyone as a Maker , and help folks see that they can be active producers instead of just passive consumers.  Again, please plan accordingly!

8) Load In/Break Down
Makers are asked to please arrive *no later than* 8am to load in and set up your booths.  We're aiming for a 9am Makers Meet & Greet , so we can have at least 30 minutes or so to say hello to one another,  check out one another's cool stuff and give a big Huzzah! together to kick off the day! :-)

Break down will be promptly at 6pm, to be cleared out by 7:30pm. 

Tables and chairs will be provided.  We have large wooden picnic tables all along the outside rows, and 8 foot tables for the inside rows.   Please reply to this note with the final headcount in your group.

Please bring your own: Power strips, extension cords, table covers (if desired), water/snacks,  tape, display materials, cash/change if a commercial maker (we cannot provide change, so come prepared), safety glasses (for projects requiring them) , etc.   Plan on having at least two people at your exhibit.  Please do not leave anything unattended at your booth. 

9) Media
IN addition to the Tampa Bay Times article (which doesn't seem to have come out yet) and 83 Degrees Media covering the event the day of, we've been listed in several area calendars on the Times and local papers.  You can help boost attendance and attention by continuing to promote enthusiastically through all your social media channels.

10) HAVE FUN!!
This one is definitely worth repeating. I hope you have a wonderful time on Saturday, and whatever happens  - Make the Most of it! :-) 

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2013, 05:25:20 PM »
It ended up being a really great day. Lots of interest in what we do, lots of folks contemplating making the drive to one of our open houses.


I was so busy answering questions about our stuff that I only got a few minutes to explore any of the other tables, but I was blown away by this guy: http://frets1.wordpress.com/ (He is doing cool things with FPGA's and Space),

And these guys are doing many awesome things: http://www.theurbanconga.com/

It would be great if we could figure out ways to collaborate with them.  Hopefully we can get them to come speak at an open house soon.

Notes for next year/barcamp:

Tennis for two continues to be a big hit.

Clear plastic windows for the %$&*# ultimaker might have helped with print quality. (it was very windy).

Weights for the bottom of our banner would have been a good idea. (it was very windy).

A heavy laser cut FamiLAB postcard/sticker holder/dispenser would be great for future events. (did I mention that it was a bit windy?)
« Last Edit: March 24, 2013, 06:15:31 PM by da3v »

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Re: Tampa Mini Maker Faire
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2013, 09:12:05 PM »
Simply 'LOVIN' the mission of "The Urban Conga".


I hope they can come out and visit.