Coast Maker Faire coming May 29

Wow, it is a seriously fun time to be a ‘maker’ on the Sunshine Coast. Coast Makers, a local group of committed enthusiasts in the popular Maker movement, has amassed a serious number of members, and a large sub-group has coalesced in 2016 to put together a seriously amazing 2nd Annual Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire.

Scheduled for May 29, 2016, the hours have been extended for a day running from 11am to 5pm. There are 10 workshops, several ‘lightning talks’, 26 exhibitors and enough ideas to tire out Einstein as a boy.

Invite your family and friends up! Make a weekend of it. See you there!

Exhibitors include:

  • David Piasta and his amplified cigar box guitars
  • Pender Harbour Senior Secondary’s ROV (underwater remote operated vehicle)
  • Cool School
  • Medieval Makers
  • Toy Hacks
  • Crochety Knitters with Unwind Knit & Fibre
  • Emily Smith Textiles
  • The Road More Fitz screen printers
  • Saja’s Sparkle jewelry
  • Eva Darai artist
  • Dan’s Robot Arm
  • Scratch Teaching with Robin
  • Plastismith
  • Elphi Kids
  • ShareThere
  • GetMakered
  • Coast Salish Weaving
  • Textiles: Alexi Bach from Svelted
  • Blacksmith Kelly Backs
  • BotFeeder
  • Sechelt Sign & Printing
  • Elphinstone Science Kids
  • Murphy’s Adventures in Fly & Fishing
  • Spider Kids Go Karts
  • Electric Trucks

This year’s local Mini Maker Faire will host not one but 10 workshops:

  • Build a Solar Race Car (sponsored by the Roller Girls)
  • Duct Tape Wallet (Scouts)
  • Power Bracelet (Unwind Knit & Fibre)
  • Drawdio Arduino Drawbot (Sechelt Sign’s Posse)
  • Learn to Solder (Coast Makers)
  • Learn to Make Lip Balm & Face Scrubs (Soleil Cramer)
  • Do It Yourself Musical Instruments (Sunshine Coast Credit Union)
  • Build a Motor (Kinsmen)
  • Wire Puzzles (Coast Cable)
  • Paper Cup Drawbots (L’Ecole du Pacifique)

The workshops are a variety of formats from drop-in to scheduled and/or pre-register, go to to book spaces.

New in 2016 are ‘Lightning Talks’. Lightning talks are very short presentations lasting only a few minutes, covering a specific topic. This year’s talks include:

  • What it is to be a Maker
  • Arts & Trades: Building the Tiny Community Centre
  • What is IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Securing Your Privacy
  • State of the Open Source Gaming Engines
  • Get Makered Unreal Engine Scanned People World Demo
  • Launch on the Coast

Be sure to come by the Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire web site to see all the updates, and follow us on Facebook for most up to date announcements and exhibitor profiles.

Maker and Mini Maker Faires are held in over 150 communities around the world, an extension of the popular and widely-read Make Magazine. They are family-friendly showcases of invention, creativity and resourcefulness for modern day MacGuyvers. The first Maker Faire was held in April of 2006 at the San Mateo County Event Center. It featured DIY competitions, a full midway, and exhibitions of ingenuity from tinkerers and artisans of all types and backgrounds.

Lead organizers include Dave Chisholm, Dan Williams, Duane Perret, Jay Calvert,  Derek Anderson, Roxanne Finnie, Diane Mueller, Laurie McConnell, and Bryan Cramer. The SCMMF is grateful to main sponsors Make Magazine, Gibsons Chamber of Commerce,, Coast Cable, South Coast Ford, Gibsons Building Supplies, Darnelda Siegers Mortgage Alliance and the Sunshine Coast Credit Union, along with a great many small businesses and organizations on the Coast excited to interact with the maker movement in 2016.



Publicity & Social – Laurie McConnell,

Speakers – Diane Mueller,

Lead Organizer – Dave Chisholm,

Maker Faire Experience – Roxanne Finnie,

Sponsorship & signage – Duane Perret, (sponsorships are closed for this year but list is open for 2017)

Exhibitor Signup & Relations – Bryan Cramer,

Workshops: Jay Calvert

Attachment: Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire 2016 Poster

Additional information about the Maker Movement:


  1. Thanks for a well organized event!

    We totally enjoyed participating and hope to join you again next year! The challenge to make a ROV with tools will go out to the next PHSS class.

    Thank you for organizing the tote with water.

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