Reflections on Maker Faire Tulsa

Maker Faire Tulsa 2018 is now behind us, and it was a resounding success.  Thank you to all the volunteers at the Maker Faire, as well as to Fab Lab Tulsa for sponsoring the event.  I’m sure it took a tremendous amount of work to put all this together.  But it was worth it, for all the people who turned out.  Altogether there were over 70 different exhibitors.

As for my own exhibit, “Build Your Music” the day went very well.  From 10am to 5pm it was almost not-stop, talking to people, and showing off my works.  It was fun to talk with so many different people throughout the day, from young children who just want to see the music played, to other Arduino enthusaists who want to know all the details of how the mechanism and electronics work.  With all the people, it was hard to even find time to eat my lunch.

For those of you who were not there, below are some pictures of the exhibit.

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For the first time ever, I did a Facebook Live Stream Broadcast.  I did this broadcast after I was set up, and prior to the Faire opening.  Below is the recording of my Live Stream where I talk about the Maker Faire, my “Build Your Music” project, and my reasons for coming to the Maker Faire.

Below is a video recording of the exhibit.

I also did a Live Stream Tour of the exhibit, but it was in portrait mode, and so I replaced this one with the video above.

If you watched my first Live Stream Broadcast, you might have heard me say that a Maker Faire is not like a county fair, where people try to win a blue ribbon.  Ironically, to my surprise, towards the end of the Faire, one of the organizers came up to me and gave me a blue ribbon for “Maker of Merit”.  He said that there were only ten exhibits that recieved this ribbon.

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All in all a very good experience.  I was pretty tired by the time I got back home to Ardmore Saturday night, but it was very worthwhile going.

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