Maker Festival 2015

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Maker Festival returned to the Toronto Reference Library with a new name and a new date, but bigger and better than ever. Spanning three floors of the library, Maker Festival proudly lived up to its ethos of bringing out the inner maker inside all of us.

Maker Festival was created to showcase the incredible technological inventions and innovations of the maker community, bringing these brilliant hacked, built, tinkered and digital creations to the public. The event boasted numerous interactive displays, workshops, and performances that not only bring out our inner child-like delight, but are also awesome for kids too.

R2D2 greeted festival attendees as they entered the gates, a giant praying mantis puppet towered above us all, tesla burners shot out flames to squeals of delight, a 3D printer created Nutella sculptures, and the Glowatorium lured everyone in with colorful LED fairy lights that turned the Appel Salon into a magic kingdom.

The many workshops were popular with the crowds, sometimes gaining hour-long line-ups. Attendees had the opportunity to try 3D printing, to learn how to solder, to build a boat for a boat race, or create a confetti canon. If you loved the lights in the Glowatorium, you could make one of your very own. For those with a sweet tooth decorating a cupcake with robots was a fun and delicious part of the day. The cutest thing we saw all day was the cardboard robot costumes which went on parade with their tiny creators in the afternoon!

Our Director of Marketing volunteered for the weekend’s festivities along with a slew of other dedicated volunteers who make this festival possible. She remarked that the people involved behind the scenes were marvelous, funny, dedicated, and passionate about all that the festival represents. She is already looking forward to another year of volunteering and encourages others to lend some time for next year’s Maker Festival.