Maker Faire Miami Showcases Innovation

The Maker Faire Miami was a two-day, family friendly event held at Wolfson Campus on April 8 and 9. The carnival for creativity brought together a diverse community of makers, inventors, creators and innovators into one big space to let their creativity run wild. It is self-proclaimed as the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth” and it featured more than 150 artists from all across the world.

The fair included self-driving cars, robots, virtual reality drone racing and a human-powered, snow cone machine. The Faire also featured models Lego of iconic Miami Dade College buildings like the Freedom Tower.

Launched in May of 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Maker Faire quickly grew popular and expanded to other cities in the United States and has even spread out internationally. Miami is one of approximately 30 cities that hosts a Maker Faire, other places include Paris, New York, Tokyo, Atlanta and Rome.

—Jaynell Perera

A young woman learning how to use an artisan knitter.
Colorful Roots: Walter González shows Daysy Smith how to use an artisan knitter. González helps promote traditional art processes and products from Perú such as the manto, which like a quilt handmade by Peruvian artisans and indigenous people.
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Colorful baskets on display.
Handmade: Coproarpru is an Ecuadorian organization that helps promote handmade crafts throughout the country and outside of it.
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A young boy on a life-size hamster wheel.
Right Round: Bryan Rodríguez runs in the Be the Hamster, a human-powered hamster wheel. It is the creation of Joe Donoughe, in which human interaction is part of the process to prepare a snow cone. Every part, from crushing the ice to adding the syrup is done by people.
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A group looking over a 3D printer.
3D Printer: Pictured from left to right, Christie Mettes, Tony Sevold, YiJun Mai and Ernesto Girau use a plastic printer machine on April 8. Sevold and Mettes work on a project called Brenchie’s Lab Aruba, which recycles plastic on Aruba’s beaches and turns it into lamps and trash bins.
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People working on circuit boards.
Teamwork: A group of people work on circuit boards on April 9. FabLab CBA is an Argentine organization that focuses in the development and inclusion to technology for people of all ages, promoting community involvement.
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Handmade robot sculptures.
Lots Of Bots: Handmade robot sculptures, Lee Bots, made with old computer parts by artist Nancy Solbrig. The artwork was displayed and sold at Maker Faire Miami held at Wolfson Campus on April 8 and 9.
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A demonstration from Designed.Engineering.
In A Vacuum: Jose Peres from the group Designed.Engineering shows how a vacuum-powered stencil machine creates a print on a canvas.
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3D miniature sculptures of famous characters.
Mini Art: 3D miniature sculptures of famous characters made by Damian Primo de Rivera and the team behind Character Design sit on a table.
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At the Makers Faire.
Innovation Sanctuary: Curious attendees wander around from booth to booth at Maker Faire Miami held at Wolfson Campus on April 8 and 9.
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