OC13 – Open Commons Kongress 2013

Linz JKU Open Commons Kongress

I just got the information to announce this years regional Open Commons Congress in Linz Austria. The Open Commons Kongress 2013 OC13 is the second event on Open Commons approaches and culture in Linz, organized by the Johannes Kepler University Linz together with the Open Commons Region Linz. This year the overall topic is ‘Learning and Living with Digital Commons‘ It will take place in following location:

14.05.2013, 9:00 – 16:30
Wissensturm Linz

Connecting Light Sensor Networked digital Art Installation

Connecting Light is a sensor networked, digital art installation along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The Connecting Light installation consists of hundreds of large-scale, light-filled balloons transmitting colors from one-to-another, creating a communication network spanning over seventy miles. Visitors are invited to send messages to this sensor networked light balloon chain along the wall. The installation is open to the public from Friday, August 31st to Saturday, September 1st.

artistic rendering
image taken from: connectinglight.info

Maker Shed at Maker Faire KC: 10 MakerBot Replicators (and More!) For Sale This Weekend

Maker Shed setup under way at Maker Faire Kansas City

Want to get your hands on a MakerBot Replicator but don’t want to wait the (as of this writing) 30 day leadtime? If you’re near Kansas City, you’re in luck. If you’re already planning to go to Maker Faire: Kansas City, you’re in even more luck!

The Maker Shed will be located right in front of Festival Plaza, and in addition to the MakerBots, they’ll have a bunch more for sale:

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is This Weekend! June 23rd-24th

Vancouver Makers are congregating for the second ever Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this weekend, June 23rd-24th at the PNE Forum (That’s Vancouver, British Columbia – in Canada). The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire was founded by members of our local hackerspace, Vancouver Hack Space, with the help of eatART and Vancouver Community Lab.

Hosting a mini has been an amazing way for local maker groups to converge and cross-pollinate ideas. In our inaugural year, we had around 80 makers, and close to 3,000 attendees. This year we have over 100 makers, and a much larger venue to accommodate more attendees throughout the weekend. There will be bands, a young makers section, an eco village, and more. If you’re around, come check it out! [via Make]


Mini Maker Faire North Carolina is Saturday 6/16

Final preparations are underway for North Carolina’s third annual Mini Maker Faire to be held on Saturday, June 16 in the Kerr Scott building on the NC Fairgrounds.

The 2012 list of makers participating is full of exciting and creative projects from Tesla coils and solar power inventions to the return of Craig Trader’s Chaos Machine.

Talented maker musicians are schedule throughout the day including a robotic Lego band and crowd favorites Subscape Annex and Ann Feld.

Tentatively scheduled for noon is a launch of a high altitude weather balloon by Citizen Scientist group NC Near Space and as if that isn’t enough volunteers will be on hand to teach soldering fundamentals to budding electronics enthusiasts.

Tickets are on sale now (pre-orders strongly recommended) for $10 (adult) and $5 (youth/student).

Bio: Jon Danforth lives in Durham, NC where he is a husband, father, artist, daguerreotypist, Crestron Certified Programmer, and director of Maker Faire North Carolina. [via Make]

Maker Conference Tokyo

It’s Saturday morning in Tokyo at the first Maker Conference at Miraikan. The conference is organized by O’Reilly Japan and jp.makezine.com.

Maker Conference Tokyo, June 2012

MAKE’s first Japanese edition in Tokyo in 2006, edited by Hideo Tamura. The first Maker Meeting, a small Maker Faire was held in 2008. It attraced 300 people. Last fall, the Maker Meeting event was held last November at Tokyo Institute of Technology and 12,000 people attended. Today brings together makers from across Japan to share ideas and experiences. Making seems to be established in a number of universities and there are a growing number of makerspaces of all sorts. Notably, there’s Fab Cafe — think lattes and laser cutters under one roof. I haven’t visited yet but the pictures I’ve seen are amazing. “Fab Life” is a new book from Professor Tanaka about living in a house that doubles as a fab lab. Fab Life was just published in Japanese by O’Reilly Japan. Makers are talking about what this means for manufacturing, innovation, and education.

The Maker Conference Tokyo is a sign of the growing worldwide participation in the maker movement. I’m glad to be here to experience it firsthand.

One Day Left to Get Early-Bird Maker Faire Tickets

Russell the Electric Giraffe at Maker Faire

The 7th annual Maker Faire Bay Area, taking place in a mere 10 days on May 19 and 20 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, is going to be our biggest Faire yet, with over 700 makers. They have filled every nook and cranny of the massive fairgrounds with the amazing inventiveness and inspiration of the maker community. Sounds cliché, but it’s totally true: you won’t want to miss this!

Early-bird tickets are still available until midnight PST tomorrow night, May 9. You can get a full adult weekend pass for $40 (students 13–21, $20; youth 4–12, $15) , or a single-day adult ticket for $22 (student, $12; youth, $8). The Faire is open on Saturday the 19th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday the 20th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s a lot of entertainment, education, hands-on activities, and inspiration for not a lot of cash. Prices go up on May 10, so head over to the Maker Faire site for all the information you need, pick up your tickets today!

Wondering who that is in the photo above? Russell the Electric Giraffe, of course. He’s 16 feet tall, robotic, has a booming sound system, and is one of our favorite Maker Faire attendees. You never know who you’ll meet at Maker Faire.