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A few years ago, I had an idea to make the kind of conference I'd like to attend. Turns out the Art and Algorithms event in Titusville looked like a really great version, but I didn't get the chance to check it out. When I go to BarCamps and other similar events, I often advise people to decide on their mission, and who their audience is before they start a new project, so here is my shot at it:
Thanks to my awesome job in Schenectady, I was able to manage traveling to NY the week before Maker Faire. Thanks to a great group of friends and connections, I was able to wrangle a free place to stay in Brooklyn (Williamsburg). There was a truly excellent food market there on Saturday morning, so I stopped in to see people serving cold concentrated coffee, raw kale chips, brown butter cookies, and artisan hash browns, of all things. There were lots more booths, but those were the ones where I spent my money.
innovation is not to be collected or consumed – it's to be explored. These are the types whose first instinct after using new technology is to take it apart, driven by a compulsion and motivated by sincere curiosity to find out: How. Does. It. Work. These are the makers. And they're assembling their latest toys and technologies to showcase at Orlando's first-ever Mini Maker Faire.
Procyon Systems is dedicated to the advancement of Amateur Astronomy
through the development of new and useful telescope hardware and computer software tools.
Located in Central Florida, we've been developing astronomy-based technology
for nearly 20 years. We are currently building the Kissimmee Park Observatory.
We also produce Digital Music, Video, and Multimedia.
Backyard Workshop is a site for my various hobbies, including my homemade CNC machine, Reprap 3d printer, metalworking on my Enco 3-in1 machine, woodworking, aluminum casting, electronics, and more that I do in my garage in Clearwater, FL!
Lyman FIRST Robotics is a robotics program at Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida that is motivated to teach our future engineers the basics of constructing, wiring, and programming robots. Lyman Robotics competes in FIRST competitions to teach the teams leadership, teamwork, and above all else, gracious professionalism. Lyman Robotics was founded by Karl "Skip" Brooks in 2008 with only a single FRC team and no FTC teams, Skip created the team to teach aspiring engineers about robotics.
Christine Betow Seerveld recently moved to Orlando, FL where she spends her days making metal art. She studied music theory and mathematics at Whitman College and outdoor recreation at Western Washington University. Somehow from this hodge podge of interests she took a love of form, structure, geometry, and the natural world and has applied it to her art. She first attended Burning Man in 2006 where she saw The Flaming Lotus Girl's piece, Serpent Mother. This is what first inspired her to take up welding.
Lee Bretschneider is a visual artist and satirist.
His work has been featured by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times as well as USA Today's Pop Candy Blog.
He holds a B.S. degree (hurr hurr hurr) in Studio Art from Florida State University.
He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his charming dog Bayou.
Monster Art Studio was formed in 2001 by Jeff Riggan.
Throughout the years Jeff has painted approximately 30 murals for Orlando-based Tijuana Flats
restaurants. Riggan has professionally painted and drawn for nearly 30 years. Jeff has been featured
in many publications, local and national news as well as several television shows. Riggan has sculpted, painted murals and fabricated large scale artwork for UNIVERSAL, NICKELODEON, ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE, SIX FLAGS AND WONDERWORKS to name a few.