You probably saw Ray’s OpenSprinkler at RI Mini Maker Faire. Check out his writeup of his experience, and his secret weapon for getting people even more excited than they already were:
One tip I learned from the Bay Area Maker Faire earlier this year is that everyone is really excited about blinking LEDs. I know, it sounds trivial, but really, everyone loves it. Last time I just accidentally packed a hundred self-flashing and RGB color LEDs, together with coin batteries in my baggage. While setting up the table, an idea popped up in my mind that we can distribute them as free gifts at the faire. They are really cheap, so I don’t mind giving them away. What I didn’t foresee was how popular this was: the one hundred packets were gone almost in no time.
So this time, I am better prepared: I brought a bag of one thousand self-flashing and RGB color LEDs, together with one thousand batteries! We printed instructions so people can learn how to make an LED throwie on their own (basically sandwiching a coin battery in between the two legs of an LED). We distributed these as free gift to people, but told them it’s only free if they make one themselves (instead of taking away our demos ) This was a huge success: I estimated that we gave away at least 250 of these.
Big thanks to Sara Streeter and Free Geek Providence for joining us at RI Mini Maker Faire, and for this awesome writeup on their blog:
We watched from our corner as the space around us went from dense to crowded, finally to a madhouse. On our left was neighbor booth Mathworks with an aerial drone plus Kinect rock-paper-scissors. To the right was Pinventions with custom pinball machines. With Waterfire, Foo Fest and RI Maker Faire all happening at once, I could only envy those who had the time and the stamina to navigate the entire showcase, full to the brim and overflowing with talent and imagination. And the kids loved it. Everywhere you could see them, eyes wide with discovery, tiny hands sensing and learning as they played while the evening wore on.
Free Geek Providence at RI Maker Faire 2013
Thanks to the folks at Yapp, Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire has a Yapp! To download, follow these three steps:
- Tap on http://my.yapp.us/MAKERFAIRERI from your iOS or Android device.
- You’ll be asked to download the YappBox app from your app store if you haven’t already.
- Once YappBox is installed, the RI Mini Maker Faireapp will automatically download inside.
Printing Maker and Sponsor badges, starting to load up the boxes, and getting ready for set up in just over a week!