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Toronto’s Mini Maker Faire – Recap!

This past weekend was the Toronto Mini Maker Faire! What a great whirlwind of a weekend. From 3D printers making chocolate to tweeting typewriters, the event brought together over 4,000 people on the rainy weekend to partake in a DIY-wonderland.

Some of the other notable booths and workshops included:

  • Lockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day  learning the mechanisms ockpickers (The Open Organisation of Lockpickers) spending a day learning the mechanisms in a lock — and learning how to open them
  • The Matter Form scanner – the first affordable and home use scanner to hook up to your 3D printer
  • The University of Waterloo’s 3D Chocolateering - which uses chocolate powder to create 3D printed items
  • MakerKids‘s ROBOTBATTLE! – the name says it all.

A list of all participating Makers can be found here

The maker culture has been gaining momentum for the last couple years, and this weekend really helped highlight the amazing advances that these Toronto groups have made. The event had many hands-on projects from adults and kids alike; the MakerKids‘ Toy Hacking Booth (video) encouraged kids to use their imaginations and ‘hack’ or improve on existing toys (some of the concoctions looked like they came straight out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory).

This weekend really showcased a community that is growing. People from all over came to learn, hack and create. We can’t wait until next year’s event!

Interested in learning more about the Maker movement in Toronto? Want to get more involved? Make sure to check out the Maker Faire blog, and the MakerKids blog for more information, events and contests.


**Bonus**: Check out this cool video of me playing with a 3D Printed Geared Heart.

Tech in Toronto Thursday – Sept. 12-19, 2013

Here is another one of our event listings for September. Don’t forget to pick up your Maker Faire tickets for September 21-22… thanks to some great donors, tickets are super discounted and available for great prices.

Psst! Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? Only a couple weeks (and tickets!) remain.

September 12, 2013

Toronto ALM User Group - Understanding Dev/Test scenarios in Windows Azure and Team Foundation Service
5:30 P.M (FREE) 

Toronto Code Retreat – Toronto Code Retreat
6:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto Unity Developers – Toronto Unity Dev. Group Kickoff
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

Mac Users’ Group – GTA – CSS 103 – CSS3 and modern web design
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (FREE)

MaRS – Fireside Chat: hacker, hustler & designer: Building the Tech Team
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Lean Coffee T.O. – LeanCoffeeTO Episode 127: Lean Pricing
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. (FREE)


September 14, 2013

Leanstartupweekends – Pitch, Validate and Create: Starting New Businesses and Building on Old Ones
10:00 A.M. (FREE)

September 15, 2013

CoderDojoTO - CoderDojoTO 1
10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M (FREE)

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)

September 16, 2013

Girl Geeks Toronto – Seeing Double: The Second Screen Experience
6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. ($10.00)

Mobile Development using Xamarin for iOS, Android and Windows – Building Android Apps in .NET and c# (Xamarin)
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Drupal User Group - September Meetup: Responsive Design and Drupal 
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

Coding Ladies’ Hangout - First Meetup
5:45 P.M. – 8:30 P.M (FREE)

September 17, 2013

Joomla! Users and Developers: Joomla HQ of the GTA - My First Joomla! Site Workshop
6:30 P.M. (FREE)

September 18, 2013

4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

Toronto Cassandra Users Group - Java APIs of Apache Cassandra: Thrift, Hector, JDBC, and Datastax Java Driver
6:30 P.M (FREE)

Python Toronto - Python September Meetup
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M (FREE)

The Toronto Apple User Group - Toronto Mac Meetup
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

September 19, 2013


DevOps Toronto - Continuous Delivery with Jez Humble
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)


The DevTO Team

If you have an event that I have missed, please email me the info at anita@devto.ca.