Everyone Deserves a Second Chance

In case you missed the original deadline for Mini Maker Faire submissions, we’re offering a second chance for you or your group to share what you make. We are re-opening the application process until midnight on Friday, March 22nd. The Production Team will begin reviewing all Boise Mini Maker Faire applications on March 24th, and priority will be given to those who submitted an application by the original March 1st deadline. So, here’s your second chance to apply online and show us your stuff!

Calling All Makers!

Attention artisans, technicians, programmers, coders, crafters, foodies, performers and those with imaginations to invent: Boise’s first annual Mini Maker Faire will be held May 25th & 26th (Memorial Day Weekend) at Boise Public Library and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Share your ideas and passion for Making by giving a TED-style talk on Saturday at the Library, or get more hands-on and demonstrate your craft at the Discovery Center on Sunday…or sign up to participate on both days! Either way, we need your application by March 1stapply online and check out our Details for more info.

October Maker Meetup: Creation In Action

Thanks to everyone who made it to our October Maker Meetup at Bricoloage. David Gapen of Open Lab Idaho and The Reuseum was on hand to demonstrate his 3D printer, the kids in attendance made some amazing masks and 3D paper objects, and Will Kirkman of Rocket Neon demonstrated his craft. We were blown away by Noel Weber’s confetti canon demonstration. We had a great turnout and are looking forward to Boise’s first Mini Maker Faire this May.

David Gapen demonstrates his amazing 3D printer at October's Meetup

David Gapen demonstrates his amazing 3D printer at October’s Meetup

September Maker Meetup: Intellectual Property for Makers

Saturday, September 8th
Noon to 3pm
The Kitchen” on Boise State campus, 2203 University Dr. (Southeast Corner of Capital & University)

Maker Meetups are for the Do-It-Yourself community of roboticists, farmers, fabricators, tinkerers, inventors, crafters, hot rod enthusiasts, and anyone else who makes things. Maker Meetups are lead-up events to Boise’s first Mini Maker Faire – in association with MAKE Magazine and O’Reilly publishing – that feature demos, presentations, and place for other Makers to mingle and collaborate.

September’s Meetup is focused on intellectual property for Makers. As part one in a series with IP lawyer Brad Frazer, Brad will give a presentation about the fundamentals of patents, copy rights, creative commons licensing, and trade marks. When you need them, *when you don’t*, and how to share your work without regrets. Also featuring screen printing demos by Julianna McClenna. Bring a t-shirt, tank top, your backpack or a scrap of fabric (8.5 x 11 on larger) and participate!

To quote a recent BMMF producer’s response to feedback about a Maker’s desire for no patents and development of a  ”gift economy”: 

So, here is how we see it: Makers put their heart and minds into the things they create, right? Along with that comes wanting to share what they do with others. That’s the no-brainer part here. However, there is a lot of mis-understanding about what it means to share, how to share, when to share, etc. Many people think the only way to protect their ideas before they start sharing is to get a patent, copy right, trademark, etc. but also have little more than assumptions about what those are and how they really work. The result of which can create an environment where your ideas are not easily shared and others end up “taking” those ideas anyway – without any credit given to the original Maker. So, we brought in Brad Frazer – a master at traversing these waters AND has the Maker mindset – to clear things up and give makers educated options.

Meet other Makers and check out the up coming Boise Mini Maker Faire in May 2013. What will you make? Boise Mini Maker Faire is taking Maker Applications until March 1 2013. 

See you all on the 8th!

First Maker Faire Meetup – Saturday July 14th

Boise Mini Maker Faire is having its first Maker Meetup!!
This Saturday at Reuseum from 4pm to 10pm at the Reuseum.

These are gatherings to keep you in touch with the BMMF and the growing maker community as we approach the May 2013 Boise Mini Maker Faire (BMMF). Feel free to invite and bring others.

For those of you who think Maker Faire is just for robots and science – think again. We have over 18 categories of making that ranges from Food & Farming, Human Performances, Fabrication and Industrial Arts, to Robots and Music.

RSVP HERE: http://www.facebook.com/events/246828275436093/

Demonstrations this Saturday include exhibits from members of Open Lab Idaho (and their machines that make things), live silk screening demos and activities by InkPony and the Design Bandits, Lego bot building, presented by the Bots of Prey team and other locals that are passionate about their art. Local social media marketing guru Shannon Morgan, of Firefly Collective will give a workshop on Social Networking the Right Way.

Payette Brewing will be pouring their delicious brews – so prepare for quite a block party as we create and have fun!

Bring anything you would like to show off, questions about the BMMF, questions other makers may be able to help you answer, and bring a note book.

Each Maker Meet-up will feature a workshop – starting with Social Networking the Right Way, and moving in August into Talking to the Press and Creative Commons Licensing, Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks: How to Choose a Level Ownership without Regret.

See you there!
108 W. 33rd St. – Garden City
More Info: info@reuseum.com

You are gonna want to be a part of this.

Boise, Idaho is a burgeoning place – often on “Best Places To Live” lists, we’ve got four beautiful seasons, educated and creative friendly people, and we’re the largest “island city” in the west between Portland and Salt Lake City.

And – the First Maker Faire will be happening May 2013!

Watch a presentation by Maker Faire founder, Dale Dougherty, and decide what you will make. Submit your Maker Application and become a part of the awesome DIY community in Boise.