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It feels like it has been forever since I’ve made a blog post, probably because it has been far too long. We’re still here. We’ve just been busy with work, maker faires and all the prep work we’ve been doing.

Maker Faire Tour

I have to say that going to 4 maker faires back-to-back can be overwhelming, but in a good way! Every maker faire is full of wonder, amazement and awe and we got to experience a lot of that in a short period of time.

Maker Faire Orlando

Robots breakdancing during Maker Faire Orlando.

Robots breakdancing during Maker Faire Orlando.

Our first stop on our maker faire tour was the Maker Faire Orlando in Florida. There were over 200 makers and 15,000 people in attendance. There were some amazing exhibits there. A big hit was the giant hamster wheel that you had to run on to be able to make your own snow cone and of course the dinosaurs from KitRex.

I did finally get to see the robots of Robots Are Awesome in person and, although the pictures do them justice, it was wonderful to see them up close.

World Maker Faire

Our second stop was the World Maker Faire in N.Y. This is the biggest maker faire we have ever attended, with 700 makers and 95,000 people in attendance. I’d say one of the exhibits I enjoyed the most would be the giant robot that shot fire, which worked nicely with the rockets of the N.Y. Hall of Science in the background.

There was a lot to do, but if you didn’t attend both days then you most likely missed something. To really get the experience of the World Maker Faire, I’d say you’d need to attend both days.

Maybe next year we can go to the Maker Faire Bay Area, which is even larger.

By the way, we did get a shout out from Jason Babler of Make on their website makezine.com. Check it out here. Thanks Make!

Maker Faire Atlanta

On display at Maker Faire Atlanta.

On display at Maker Faire Atlanta.

Our third stop was Maker Faire Atlanta in Decatur, which is right outside of Atlanta. I enjoyed this maker faire a lot. The only thing I didn’t enjoy is that Hurricane Joaquin hit that weekend and it was a mostly outdoors event. It did rain off and on both days, but the attendance still seemed good. The most fun I had was to watch the souped-up electric kid’s toy cars race until they could no longer race. The couch & recliners that you could pedal around were pretty awesome as well.

Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Our last stop was closer to home at the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire. This was the first maker faire in the Charlotte area, but they did an excellent job. The biggest draw to me really was the facility they held it in. I had seen most of the makers at previous North Carolina maker faires, so I spent a lot of time exploring the Discovery Place. Even as an adult, I wanted to play with all the toys. The kids certainly seemed to love everything they have there.

Other than the Discovery Place, I enjoyed the battle bots. Though they didn’t really fight one another, it was still amusing to watch them destroy blocks.

What’s next?

We have a lot coming down the pipeline. We will be taking part in the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire on November 6-8. So far it looks like we will be at the Greensboro location on Friday and Saturday morning, then over to the Burlington location Saturday afternoon/evening and lastly to the Winston-Salem location on Sunday.

We will also be attending the Lark Artists Handmade Holiday in Asheboro on Dec. 5. This is a small event, but it should still be a ton of fun.

Lastly, we’ll be going to Philadelphia for the Young Innovators Fair on Jan. 2-3, 2016. Not really sure what to expect at this event, but it sounds like a fun event to be a part of.

Kickstarter

Okay, so this is actually the last thing that we have going on and probably the most important right now. We’re finalizing our plans for our Kickstarter at the moment and working on our video, which I hope you all will love. I don’t really want to spoil it, but I think it is a really awesome concept that you’ll get a kick out of. We’ll have more details on everything in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

I do want to say one more thing before I end this post. I’ve had an amazing time meeting thousands of people over the past couple of weeks at all of these events. If we met at any of the events then I hope we were able to put a smile on your face. You’ve certainly made us smile. For that, thank you!

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Charles Wade
Charles Wade
Founder, designer, artist & maker.

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