MakerPro Presents: PR for Makers

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Chris Nicholson, a former New York Times reporter and head of communications at Celery, explains how entrepreneurs and inventors can create strong, mutually beneficial relationships with reporters to tell their storiesnnTopics covered include: Intro to the media, The perfect pitch, and why press releases don't work for startups.



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Afinia 3D

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Afinia 3D will be showing it's award winning 3D printer, and full line of ABS filament. Our H series 3D printer was voted "Best Overall Experience" in the recent make magazine 3D printer shootout. Live 3D printing demonstrations will be held continuously during the day.



Ask the Kickstarter Community Team

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Kickstarter has become a hub of creativity for makers. During this session the Kickstarter community team will partner with a successful Kickstarter creator to answer the most common questions submitted by the maker community at the Maker Faire. Questions can be submitted during the Maker Faire via a question box at the Maker Pro tent and twitter. n


Making Community Projects in Public

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This panel will explore what it means to create community projects in public. Participatory and collaborative approaches to project funding enable makers to effectively engage and activate communities in support of their projects. We will discuss the many opportunities and challenges offered by this new funding paradigm with three successful Kickstarter creators: Emily Pilloton from Project H Design, Sho Sho Smith from Hackermoms, and Tito Jankowski from Biocurious.



PR for Hardware Startups and Crowdfunding campaigns

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Chris Nicholson, a former New York Times reporter and and head of communications at Celery, explains how entrepreneurs, inventors and online merchants can create strong, mutually beneficial relationships with reporters, and tell effective stories.
Celery helps thousands of small, early-stage companies take pre-orders, and we've learned that after crowdfunding, the difference between success and failure is PR and marketing.



Wet Block to Finish Product

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This presentation will cover the basics of making beef jerky from prepping the meat, various methods of marination/seasoning, and dehydration. We will talk a little about what Oaktown Jerk has done over the past year, followed by Q&A.


What makes a maker? – Habits, attitudes and skills that you can teach aspiring makers

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I teach a maker after school program at Science World, in Vancouver, Canada. Inspired by that work, I've spent the past two years researching the common habits, attitudes, and skills of the maker community, so that I can teach them in my class. I will share the results of my research and talk about my experience putting them into practice.


The Being Booth

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The Being Booth is an ethereal 20'x20' shimmering space that invites you to walk through and become present, to yourself, your surroundings and other beings. Bring your curiosity, discipline and courage for powerful results.



Best Practices for Open Source Hardware in 2014

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In the past year OSHWA, the Open Source Hardware Association, has worked with the community to develop a modern list of best practices for designing, releasing and building upon existing open source hardware projects. Windell Oskay, Vice President of OSHWA, will discuss recommended approaches, touching upon open source design tools, documentation, hosting, licenses, and other current issues. Time permitting, we will also take questions from the audience.


Pannaus Props

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Pannaus Props is a propmaking duo based in Italy that integrates technology into handmade productions. Come visit us to witness how innovation and oldschool perfectly blend into our masterpieces.


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