Call for Makers is Almost Over

The Call for Makers for 2012 is almost over! MAKE time to apply – in the midst of your crocheting, soldering, blacksmithing, printmaking, programming, weaving, rewiring – before you miss your chance to exhibit in the 2012 Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.

*NOTE: A few makers have asked us about this “Round I / Round II” business. Both calls are open to everyone – Round I was just an early bird round. So apply today! The Faire won’t be the same without you.


Maker Faire Detroit Shoutouts

Maker Faire Detroit was held this past weekend at the Henry Ford Museum and a contingent of Pittsburgh makers traveled north to represent our region at one of the largest Faires in the country.  We’re proud to share some of the shout-outs already online lauding Pittsburgh’s makers in Detroit this year!

Sponsors “Make” Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire!

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is looking for sponsors for this year’s 2nd annual celebration of the DIY spirit in Southwestern PA. Sponsorship benefits include branding and visibility across online and print materials, entertainment perks at both the Faire and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, plus employee engagement opportunities. Partner with us to be recognized alongside one of the most innovative events in the region!

Click here to download the Faire’s Sponsor Viewbook.

For more information or to inquire about sponsoring this year’s Faire, contact Jodi Golomb at or 412.322.5058 x217.

Announcing the Round I Selected Makers!

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire announces this year’s Round I selected makers, who will exhibit, demonstrate, perform and teach as part of the 2nd annual faire on Sept. 22, 2012 from 10am-4pm at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

The Call for Makers is still open until the Round II deadline on August 15th and makers of all ages are invited to get inspired by Round I and apply today. Faire planners are particularly interested in Round II applications in the categories of Spectacle and Indie Craft.

Click here to tour the 26 Round I selections, including these highlights:

  • The Great American Horn Machine – the world’s loudest mobile musical instrument – a collection of truck, train and ships’ airhorns and steam whistles.
  • Movable Type – Literary Arts Boom and area teens engage participants in creating wearable words for a live action, madcap “Mad Lib” experience.
  • Mechanimals – Roboticist Jason Bannister showcases his biomimetic robot animals, including a robot kangaroo, robot giraffe, robot bee and walks and flys and more.
  • Touchstone Center for Craft – the maker jewel of the Laurel Highlands, Touchstone will wow the crowd with upcycled blacksmithing demonstrations in a real forge.
  • Spare Room Workshop – the local dynamos behind this startup will create t-shirt for you on the spot from your own hand-drawing using digital tools and a vinyl plotting machine.
  • HackPittsburgh – Faire co-presenters HackPittsburgh will inspire YOU to be a maker with their inventive, sometimes-wacky, always impressive project showcase. Last year’s booth involved a homemade weather balloon and a Cheez-Whiz squirting robot!
  • Children’s Innovation Project – Learn basic circuitry and how to reuse parts of electrical toys from local elementary students who will astound you with their knowledge.
  • Constructing Identity – bring your camera for a fashion show of elaborate costumes built by local GLBTQ teens during summer workshops. Then take to the catwalk open for anyone with handmade wearables to strut!
  • Tubular Travelers – Build a rideable vehicle from innovative modular parts with artist and inventor Dave Edwards.
  • Learn to Solder – this visitor-favorite from last year’s Faire returns as Wayne and Layne, HackPittsburgh and the MAKESHOP help you solder your own cool blinkie badge to wear around the Faire

Plus 16 more incredible makers … Don’t miss your chance to exhibit alongside them at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012. Apply today!

Maker Highlight: HackPittsburgh

HackPittsburgh’s Power Wheels Racer zooms through Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2011. Photo by Larry Rippel.

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire co-presenter HackPittsburgh is a local community-based hacker space that offers free maker events throughout the year. Visit their garage full of inventions this Friday, July 13th at 7pm for a free workshop on Homemade Radios! Explore other free offerings via their web calendar, where you can also link up to groups that share the space, like Pittsburgh Knot Tying Club and LoopPgh.

Last year, HackPittsburgh members presented some of the highlights of the first Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire, including their high-flying weather balloon, gooey cheese bot and a 300 sq. ft. yurt! Learn more about their community and how to get plugged in to this lively scene of makers at

Maker Faire: “The World’s Greatest Show and Tell”

This morning, selection panel meets to hover over the thirty projects entered into the Round I Call for Makers for Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012. From biomimetic robot animals to upcycled blacksmithing, wearable planets to kindergarteners teaching circuitry, our first pool of makers is our first glimpse of this year’s Faire – and the view from here is mesmerizing.

Click here for’s Recap of Maker Faire 2012.
Photo CC licensed by SparkFunElectronics on Flickr

As we retreat into our underground secret selection cave to find the best projects, we thought you’d enjoy this “Best Of” tour of Maker Faire 2012 from’s GeekDad. They’ve pulled together a tour of the articles, videos and recaps from around the internet to give you a smorgasboard of everything you did or didn’t see in San Mateo this year. Check it out and be mesmerized yourself by “the world’s greatest show and tell”.



We Are All Makers

The deadline for the Round I Call for Makers is just 24 hours away at 5 pm on June 30th! We want to see the geekiest, craftiest, noisiest and most downright jaw-dropping stuff that you make, Pittsburgh. To get inspired (and see some fun examples from other Faires), check out this unforgettable TED Talk by the founder of Maker Faire, Dale Dougherty.


Video Call for Makers

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is hunting for the most inventive makers around to help us mount one of the most vibrant mini maker faires in the world! The first deadline is just 1 week away on June 30th. Click the Call for Makers tab to apply and check out this video for glimpses of the action from the first annual Faire last year. Share this video widely with makers YOU know!

Special thanks to WDO Photography and THE MAKESHOP SHOW™ for producing this video.

Tune in to the radio Call for Makers

Tune in to The Saturday Light Brigade Radio Show this Saturday morning, June 16 at 7:20 a.m. to hear Faire coordinator Angela Seals chat with host Larry Berger about this year’s Call for Makers. To listen online or find the radio dial location nearest you, click here. If you live in Pittsburgh, you’ll hear it on WRCT 88.3 FM.

How To Design a Make-tastic Maker Booth

Now that the Call for Makers is officially open for Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012, creative folks  all over the region are buzzing about what to present at the Faire. Our goal is to mount one of the most vibrant minis in the world right here in southwestern PA. One of the keys to getting there is for every maker to propose and present an amazing booth! Get inspired with these resources:

  • Virtually visit Maker Faire through entertaining videos, photos and blog posts online. The original Faire in San Mateo, CA each spring draws over 80,000 attendees and is the standard bearer for the 40+ mini faires around the globe.
  • Seattle Mini Maker Faire’s Booth Workshop, posted in full online, offers tips and ideas for interactive booth design and hands-on activities. 

Start dreaming about what YOU will propose as your entry to Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2012. Then click here to apply!