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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. 19 – Sept. 26

Hello Toronto! Happy Thursday… what are you up to this week? Maker Faire is this weekend! Have you gotten your tickets? If not: tickets are super discounted and available!

Have you gotten your tickets to September’s DevTO yet? Join us for great talks and as usual, great give aways and pizza! This month, Bill Gregory and Patrick Dunphy help us learn a little more about accessibility.

September 19, 2013

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

Ashley Beattie visits Bitmaker Labs: THINK Thursday
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (FREE)


September 21 – 22, 2013 

Toronto Mini Maker Faire 


September 22, 2013

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M (FREE)


September 23, 2013

HTML5 – Back To Basics 01 - Getting started 
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. ($5.00)

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Geeky Drinks and Boardgames
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)

Digital Usability Workshop Toronto - Quad-weekly Workshop
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M (FREE)

September 24, 2013

Toronto Software Journeymen - Software Design google Hangout with J.B. Rainsberger
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Achievers TechTalks - Diversity in Tech: It Will Happen to You
6:00 P.M. (FREE)


September 25, 2013

Toronto Data Science Group - Toronto Data Science Group, Technical Edition
4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M (FREE)

AngularJS Toronto - Back-To-School Meetup
6:30 P.M (FREE)

Toronto .NET Hackers - ASP.NET Web API
7:00 P.M.


September 26, 2013 

Toronto Perl Mongers - Lightning Talks
7:00 P.M. (FREE) 

Toronto JavaScript - BeerScript
7:00 P.M. (FREE)

Toronto Ruby Brigade – Geeky Drinks and Boardgames
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (FREE)



The DevTO Team

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


Hey DevTO community!

You’ve heard of us gabbing about the great maker movement and the Toronto Mini Maker Faire (that’s happening in only a couple weeks! Tickets are 50% off now!), but have you heard about MakerKids? Now your kids have a chance to be inspired, to think creatively and to hone in on those great talents with Toronto’s MakerKids!

MakerKids is a makerspace for youth in Toronto. They offer hands-on after school programs, open shops for kids, teens and adults, workshops, Minecraft programs and birthday parties for adults and kids based on 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, crafting and making of all kinds! Their 10 week after school programs are starting next week: Inventions on Mondays and Robotics on Wednesdays.

To register for these programs and other events for kids, teens or adults, sign-up at http://makerkids.eventbrite.ca/

Have a great weekend!



Toronto Mini Maker Faire Discounts!

Earlier this summer, we were all lucky to have a small taste of an upcoming event, The Mini Maker Faire, during their launch party. It was an evening of creativity, resourcefulness and invention. From 3d printing demonstrations to mask making, the launch party really jazzed us up for the main event coming up this September 21-22, 2013.

Toronto Mini Maker Faire is coming up fast, and tickets have been released… with DevTO-specific discounts! If you buy before August 21st, it’s 20% off your tickets. From August 22nd onwards, you receive a 10% discount, so act fast.

For the 10% discount (after August 22), click here.

Make sure to keep up with the Toronto Mini Maker Faire blog as well, it’s chockfull of interesting information on local projects, contests, other Maker Faire events, and what to expect for the main event in Toronto.

Hope to see you there!