Thanks for getting back to the group, I really appreciate your support and suggestions, I am not averse to the idea of predominantly local makers being featured, for me I too have my own ideas of what I want to bring to it, and that it about having more hands on interactivity, and less of a focus on entertaining kids for the day. I don't mind if there are kid friendly bits but so much of the time the fairs seem overly focused on kids. I am also keen to see if there is flexability for a electronics swap shop, where people could bring things to swap for others, however I am aware that this requires a surplus of stuff people want to start it.
If your really interested we are going to organise a first meeting with those gathered so far in the next month or so.
On 17 Sep 2012, at 12:54, Dominic of Nottinghack <nottingh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm Dominic, and I organised the Derby Mini Maker Faire. I did this mainly because I knew there wasn't going to be a main UK Maker Faire in 2011 and also knew that the Brighton Mini Maker Faire whilst awesome was a very long way for people north of London to go to. At that time we didn't know there was going to be a Mini in Manchester.
> We'll probably do another Mini in Derby in 2013 and I've also been asked to organise a Mini in Bristol. I think that the Mini Maker Faires should become a very local event. If people want to travel from say Nottingham to say Brighton to exhibit that's up to them, but these things will become very awesome if the real local makers can be found and convinced to exhibit. For instance at next years Derby Mini Maker Faire, I'll really be trying to get makers locally to have tables rather than groups of makers i.e. individuals who have made something at say Nottingham Hackspace to exhibit that rather than on a group table. Big ticket items like HACMan's Big Toys and London's Mini Golf can be hired in with some costs towards transport if big ticket things are needed and can not be found locally.
> I'd like to see a Hackspace Foundation stand at Mini Maker Faires, with leaflets and information on all the UK Hackerspaces rather than groups of Hackspaces on their own table. I was impressed in Ireland when I saw a banner with all the different Hackerspace logos on it. Obviously we'd have to do some vetting here in the UK before we added EVERY Hackerspace to a banner as some of them are just 1 creapy guy in their houses.
> I'm fairly interested in the idea of a new brand for Mini Maker Faires, that doesn't include O'Reilly but that might be quite difficult to get the accolades that their Maker Faires get. That is to say I've found it advantageous to use that brand. The problem with O'Reilly ISN'T getting sponsors past them, it's that the Mini Maker Faire desk is so busy in the USA that they don't seem to have enough time or people to get back and OK application. I kept having to get O'Reilly UK to lean on them. Having said that I now have good communications with Sabastpol CA and the team at Maker Faire after the Derby Mini. The approach was really very hands off, but you have to drive the thing forward yourself really.
> I'd be very interested in helping to organise a London based Mini Maker Faire, as long as it was about local London makers! I think you'd get an excellent turn out as well.
> TL:DR - Lets Make MINI MAKER FAIRE a local faire and I'd be happy to help
> On Tuesday, 11 September 2012 20:00:37 UTC+1, Ant wrote:
> Please read this with an internal head voice of a happy suggestive, supportive tone. That's how I'm writing it.
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