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Maker Faire Cape Town returns this August

Friday, 29 July 2016   (0 Comments)
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Following the very successful pilot event in August 2015 which drew 4500 attendees, the 2016 Cape Town Maker Faire will take place on Friday, 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August at the Cape Town Science Centre.

About 6 000 to 8 000 visitors are expected over the three days including school groups. Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part country fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to the Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The launch of Maker Faire in San Francisco in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 215,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in San Francisco and New York in 2014. A family-friendly event, 50% attend the event with children. 155 Maker Faires were produced around the world in 2015, showing significant growth in attendance and participation

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in labs, incubators, shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don't encounter every day.

For more info:

https://www.quicket.co.za/events/19151-the-cape-town-mini-maker-faire-2016/#/schedules

The website is http://capetown.makerfaire.com/

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