Saturday, Oct. 18, brings the region's first Mini Maker Faire, following in the footsteps of Denver's inaugural fest, which took place in May, and Loveland's second, the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, which will happen Oct. 4 and 5.
Independently organized by PPLD, the Colorado Springs Science Center, the Colorado Springs Science Festival and the Center for STEM Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the free-to-the-public Faire is also officially sponsored by California-based Make magazine. (The Mini Faires are to the full-on Faires as community-coordinated TEDx events are to TED conferences.)
Booths will be located both inside Library 21c and under tents outside. Carolyn Coulter, PPLD's information technology and virtual services officer, has been hoping to have about 100 exhibitors and vendors. "That's ambitious for the first year," she says, "but we'll see what happens." The deadline to rent a booth is Sept. 30, and applications are available at coloradospringsmakerfaire.com.
So far, those involved include individuals working with various circuit board projects; robotics groups; a variety of hands-on art-form artists (textile arts, stained glass and jewelry); and 3D printer companies. The 3D Printing Store, which opened near Garden of the Gods Road and Centennial Boulevard in April, will be on hand, as will the Pikes Peak Makerspace folks.
"The difference between this and a regular vendor show," Coulter explains, "is that all the booths will be interactive — there'll be something to do or see or be told about. It's more of an educational kind of deal. And, you know, some of the makers that just want to show off what they've been doing."
Chris Vestal says Pikes Peak Makerspace folks will be working with people to make handheld helicopters, but they'll also have a membership deal going. For new members who join on-site, "we 're gonna 3D scan you, make a little figurine out of you, and 3D print it right there."