Empire State Maker Faire 2020
That’s a wrap!
Huge thanks to all of the makers who inspired us, gave us tours of their spaces, demoed their projects, taught us new skills, and invited us into their communities.
We would additionally like to thank all of our volunteers who have helped moderate all of our sessions, our host organizations for their continued support, our friends at Maker Faire and Make: Magazine who have gone above and beyond in supporting the Empire State Maker Faire, and everyone who was able to join us in celebrating makers from all over New York State and beyond.
Empire State Maker Faire Video Gallery
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“Play & Plug” – Counterintuitive game controllers.
You’ve seen Pi-upgraded consoles. You’ve seen plug-n-play controllers with a pi or arduino built in, and games preloaded. What is “Counterintuitive Retrogaming?” How do you follow up an all-scrap upcycled 8-bit game controller? Tune in and find out! This is the latest in many years of retro-game projects and demonstrations Elijah has presented at Faire locations and in MakeZine, starting in 2016 with his first Maker Faire appearance and his Altoids Box Retro-Pi build. Starting as a street-advertising volunteer, Elijah has worked as a panelist, demonstrated projects on stage, mentored in seminars, and interacted with the public at booths and tables both for himself and while representing companies. While not at work, he’s been known to help stir up “creative mischief” on Faire grounds from Rochester to San Mateo including googley-eye “guerrilla art” and improvised pyrotechnics . He HAD the fire marshal’s permission. Really. You may have seen his High Altitude Balloon story on local news in the greater Wilkes-Barre region, or seen him with his Maker Faire friend & MythBusters Jr Co-star Allie Weber or their rag-tag group of “Problem Kids” in MakeZine or on Twitter.
Magic Wheelchair: Making Inclusion
Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that promotes inclusion and self-expression by building epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs — at no cost to families. Learn about our volunteer opportunities, how to nominate a child, and ways to give!
Public Libraries Print PPE: Design, Manufacture and Distribution for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Populations in Syracuse, NY
Working collaboratively with a local architect, Syracuse librarian has designed, and is now in midst of production, of a transparent front face mask for use by deaf and hearing-impaired populations, as well as for the organizations that support them. The libraries are supplying organizations such as Aurora of Central New York and the Deaf New American Coalition of Syracuse with this important PPE resource, ensuring that the needs of the community continue to be met during the Covid-19 pandemic. The design is currently the best available in its class on Thingiverse.com.
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We hope to see everyone at Maker Faires all across New York State in the future!
Empire State Maker Faire would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the Empire State Maker Faire team, including the producers behind: