Also, be sure to check out craftzine.
This is an opportunity for Make:KC members and others to help update and support our web site. Our goal is to get the existing web site updated to the current Drupal 7 technology, create additional functionality, and move to our new hosting service. This is also an opportunity to explore new techniques incorporating "Internet of Things" into maker projects.
In general, this coworking session is open to the public for anyone looking to start their own web site or professionals already managing and hosting sites. Drupal is a web site content management system that is free of charge to use and is popular among business, non-profits and other organizations.
You are invited to come out and work on your own web project's concept, design, hosting, customization, software development, or integration of web enabled mobile devices alongside professionals, novices, or anyone looking to enter into web site development and management activities.
This session is sponsored by Make:KC and the Johnson County Library Makerspace.
Deadline for entries:
Deadline for entries:
Power Tool Drag Racing Rules
The track specifications include:
Fun and Safety
Your racers can be anything from mild to wild. They can be bare bones dragsters or funny cars designed to show off your artistic flair. We have electronic control circuitry similar to a drag strip Christmas tree and dead man switches to cut power to your racer if it begins to go out of control.
Power tools operate at high rpm's so careful consideration is needed to assure that parts don't come flying off that could hurt someone. This event is planned for the fun and amusement of our participants and the audience so safety is important. We enjoy fascinating projects and spectacular failures, but we will be among people who may not share our appreciation of unexpected results. Safety will be a primary concern at the Maker Expo and want each exhibit including Power Tools Racers to operate safely and protect everyone from any harm.
Put Safety In Its Place
Check out some of these articles for more information about power tool drag racing.
We are now accepting entries for exhibits, demonstrations, and competitors at our Maker Expo set for Fri-Sun August 23-25, 2013 in English Landing Park, downtown Parkville, MO.
Make: KC's fourth annual Maker Expo is set for August 23-25, 2013 in English Landing Park, downtown Parkville, MO. We are honored to produce the Maker Expo at this year's 45th Annual Parkville Days festival. This popular event attracts an estimated 20,000 people each year and includes 150 artists, crafters, makers, vendors, carnival, and many other attractions. Maker Expo is Kansas City's original grass roots Maker event.
Power Tool Drag Racing
This year we've added Power Tools Drag Racing to our lineup. We are looking for more racers to help make this an exciting event. We are also looking for sponsors to help offset the cost of building the track. Check out our Power Tool Drag Racing web page for rules and more information.
We are looking for volunteers to help our exhibitors, the Power Tool Drag Racing activities, and with set up and tear down needs. Please let us know if you are interested in helping by sending an email to MakerExpo@MakeKC.org
Sponsors help underwrite the costs of this expo and become supporters of a larger goal, which is to encourage a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) “maker” culture that includes both youth and adults. To help sponsor this event check our 2013 Maker Expo Sponsorship page or email us at MakerExpo@MakeKC.org
Makers and Exhibits
We are looking for makers, artists, tinkerers, hackers, and students inspired by Make Magazine and the Maker Movement's do-it-yourself experience to exhibit your projects, conduct workshops, or provide interactive activities that engage kids and adults. We like projects/activities that promote creativity and inventiveness by supporting the core values of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and believe the Arts provide a vehicle for these values.
-- Making is the Art of STEM --
This is a great opportunity to promote your Makerspace or Hackerspace.
We look forward to seeing you at this year's event!
The Make:KC Planning Team - where Kansas City's Maker Faire's began.
Rob Bishop From Raspberry Pi Foundation is coming to Maker Expo.
Rob's 2013 Hackerspace Tour is stopping by to make a presentation:
Rob has given talks about the Raspberry Pi at various events worldwide, in venues ranging from conference halls to community meetings in garages.
Rob Bishop, an engineer and evangelist for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, will present a talk entitled "Raspberry Pi - One Year On" that will cover both the origin story of the Raspberry Pi as well as outlining recent developments. The talk will present technical information about the Raspberry Pi alongside a discussion of the Foundation's educational aims.
Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for an in-depth Q&A on both educational and technical matters."
Rob Bishop was the first technical employee at Raspberry Pi and is currently one of two full time software engineers. Alongside his engineering responsibilities, Rob also acts as an "evangelist" and works to promote the educational mission of the Foundation.
Becoming a sponsor of the Maker Expo hosted by Make: KC is a great way for local businesses, media outlets, trade associations, and non-profit groups to get in on the ground floor of this exciting and enriching community and family-oriented event.
Kansas City's Fourth Annual Maker Expo
Fri-Sun August 23-25. English Landing Park, Parkville, MO
F R E E A D M I S S I O N
This is Kansas City's original grass-roots Maker Event
Four Years After Make:KC Brought Concept To Midwest, Kauffman Foundation Rewriting Region's Maker Faire History
Kansas City Maker Faire, The Untold Story
By all accounts the Kansas City 2010 Mini Maker Faire was a great success.
Make:KC was among the first in the nation obtaining a license to use the new Mini Maker Faire designation through Maker Media. We enjoyed special billing on the MakerFaire.com website that can still be seen from this archive.org link. We benefited directly from the Maker Media advertising when an inventive craftsman registered to exhibit a working, hand crafted, 14 foot wooden submarine built in his Tulsa Oklahoma back yard. On the drive to Kansas City he told his wife "I'm so excited because we'll be among people just like us". We hosted nearly 50 Makers in Kansas City's only grass-roots Maker event that was created entirely by Makers for Makers. Our Mini Maker Faire was embedded among the 42nd. annual Parkville Days arts and crafts festival. This combined event hosted more than 150 exhibitors and an estimated 20,000 visitors to the beautiful English Landing Park nestled alongside the Missouri River in historic downtown Parkville, MO.
This event was promoted as: "Robots, Rockets, and Submarines". Make Magazine writer, Matt Mets, reported on our event while touring with notable national/international hackerspace personalities, Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers. Our Kansas City Mini Maker Faire received generous attention from Makezine and Boing-Boing articles as well as local TV and newspaper coverage.
Corporate vs. Hackerspace Culture
In 2011, the Kauffman Foundation and Union Station through their Maker Faire KC partnership capitalized on a slight variation of the name we established just months earlier. The Kauffman press release (above) reflects a troubling disregard or lack of appreciation for the hackerspace/makerspace culture where promoting attribution of others work is deeply engrained. The Open-Source initiatives, are a fundamental part of the Maker Movement.
Make:KC extends an invitation to the Kauffman Foundation and Union Station to foster an improved relationship with the Maker community. Despite efforts to appear otherwise, in 2011 the Union Station Maker Faire was advertised on the MakerFaire.com web site as a Mini Maker Faire too.
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Article written by Vince Thompson, Founder of Make:KC. Comments can be addressed to: SomeoneKnows@MakeKC.org
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