The Cape Town Mini Maker Faire is set to return to the mother city this weekend, bringing inventors and hobbyists together at the Cape Town Science Center.
If you’ve ever had an idea for a wicked invention or if you’re passionate about tech in general, you won’t want to miss this. The Cape Town Mini Maker Faire returns to the mother city this weekend, and will run from the 26th to the 28th of August.
The Mini Maker Faire is both part science and trade fair, where enthusiasts of all ages will get to experience the thrill of being a maker.
What’s a maker? For the uninitiated, a maker refers to anyone with a passion for invention and technology; usually makers 3D print new gadgets, assemble radio-control cars or drones, and are usually committed making anything from the wacky and wonderful all the way to ideas which are aimed at solving social problems.
Alayne Resseberg, the Programme Director and Producer of the Mini Maker Faire, offered that “œMakers across the world are shaking up the way that we think and interact with our environment. They‘re coming up with innovative solutions to help solve social problems, as well as some really fun and creative projects ““ and that‘s why we are returning for another year of the Cape Town Mini Maker Faire.“ “œLeading on from World Design Capital, we wanted to continue demonstrating and celebrating all of these wonderful projects,“ she continues, “œallowing people to meet the Makers and learn from them. We enjoy seeing this spark conversations and further action around the Maker Movement in Cape Town,” Resseburg continued.
The Cape Town Mini Maker Faire has its roots in the model established by the original Maker Faire which launched in San Francisco in 2006. More than 60 local exhibitors will be on show, including PriceWaterhouseCoopers Western Cape, Stellenbosch University‘s Launch Lab, the Cape Innovation and Technology Institute and the University of the Western Cape.
Exhibits are set to include drones, robotics, Arduino projects, 3D printers, and even art cars straight from AfrikaBurn.
An enclosed area will be provided for drone pilots to test their skills, while the PPC Imaginarium will show off industrial design, fashion, film, jewellery and more made from concrete.
If you’d like to attend, the Mini Maker Faire will be open on Friday the 26th of August from 14h00 to 18h00, and will further be open on the weekend – both on Saturday and Sunday – from 10h00 to 18h00.
Tickets are available from Quicket, and are priced at R120 for an Adult (13 years and up), while a children’s ticket for kids aged 4-12 years will cost R30. Children younger than 3 years will get in free, while students with a valid student ID can expect to pay R50 for entry.
If you’d like to see more information, be sure to check out the Faire’s official website, and follow the event online on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!
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