Houston Maker Faire 2017: Our interview before the event
Ahead of Houston Maker Faire 2017, we spoke to Andrew Lynch, one of the many people behind making this event happen. Houston Maker Faire runs from the 21st to the 22nd of October 2017. To find out more information about Houston Maker Faire, you can check out our events page here, or check out their website here.
3DN: What are the new features of Houston Maker Faire 2017? (what has changed? what is new?, etc)
We are adding more presentations and workshops this year. One of the major workshops will be focus on Raspberry Pi electronics. The Workshop will be called a Raspberry Jam and will teach the process of programming a low cost computer. Houston has one of the largest Raspberry Pi communities in the world and the local hobbyists will showcase their Raspberry Pi creations.
3DN: Can you tell us what this event is for? (What is the goal/aim of the event? Is there a specific theme?, etc)
The Houston Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies experiments and projects.
We are focused on a theme of Houston Strong in wake of the Hurricane Harvey recovery process. Many makers have been assisting each other in the recovery process. Houston’s TXRX Labs makerspace launched a major initiative called Crafters for Good to enable their tools, community and resources to have the greatest possible recovery for the community.
3DN: How will 3D printing be represented at the event? (are there specific booths? are there shows?, speakers?, etc)
We will have a series of 3D printing companies showcasing their latest creations. TXRX Labs, a local makerspace that has built dozens of a custom-build 3D printers for educational purposes. Re:3D will have a booth featuring large-scale industrial 3D printing. 3D Distributed will demonstrate their new workhorse 3D printer. Tiny Machines 3D will demonstrate their affordable large scale 3D printer line. PolyPrinter will have a booth showcasing their custom build 3D printers.
3DN: How is Houston Maker Faire helping to expand the Maker movement in Texas? (Or even in the US in general)
The Houston Maker Faire is helping grow the Maker community through supporting Maker Spaces. Houston has over ten different maker spaces and many more are growing across Texas. Our team has hosted Maker Crawl events to gather together makers at local maker spaces.
3DN: Any last words for our readers?
The maker community in Houston is quite resilient through difficult times such as Hurricane Harvey. Many of the makers have offered help and assistance after the natural disaster. The Houston Maker Faire is a close community and important gathering for makers to help each other.
For full information, check out our events page.