Mini Maker Faire to ignite creativity in region

Organizers of Central Alberta’s first Mini Maker Faire, coming to Red Deer College on Saturday, promise something for everyone.

Organizers of Central Alberta’s first Mini Maker Faire, coming to Red Deer College on Saturday, promise something for everyone.

Set up to showcase innovation and creativity, the RDC version brings together people who have taken a step further in developing new ideas from existing technologies as old as blowing glass and as new as 3D printers. People from the general public will be given a chance to try out some of those innovations for themselves, says Paulette Hanna, vice-president Academic for RDC.

“The submissions we’ve received so far that will be there for the public to view are drones, 3D printers, Lego sculptures, wearable technology, movie-inspired ‘droids, advanced technologies and heritage craft. And there’s some hands-on activities that they can take part in, such as learning to solder (and) giant cardboard puppet making, so there really is something for everyone,” Hanna said in a recent interview.

“We really hope that this event will ignite and combine the creativity of Central Albertans.”

The first Maker Faire was held 11 years ago in San Mateo, Calif. and has since then sprouted spin-offs across the continent, particularly in areas that were in need of more diversity within their local economies.

“The Maker Faire has many objectives and it’s a significant benefit to Central Alberta,” said Hanna.

“It’s a catalyst and a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. This aspect of the event and the culture it reinforces has major impact on financially troubled cities such as Detroit and Pittsburgh, and as they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and Alberta is most certainly in need of the economic diversification and development that a Maker Faire can inspire and support.”

RDC’s version is a smaller edition of similar events held in other centres, under licence to California-based Maker Media Inc.

Exhibits will be set up in the Cenovus Learning Commons at the eastern side of the main campus, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are no fees for people attending the event.

Please visit www.makerfairereddeer.com for more information.

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