Portland Mini Maker Faire

September 12–13, 2015 | 10 AM – 5 PM

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Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1,100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Silver Spring, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Trondheim, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, "featured" 2014 Maker Faires and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world, including right here in Portland! 

The Makers

The Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI showcases the amazing works of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. The sheer variety of the more than 130 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind. The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing and robot welding, to knife forging and medieval footwear, to bee keeping, recycled skateboard jewelry, and much more.

Among the anticipated highlights:

2015 Makers
3S Consulting, LLC Science Classroom Demonstrations
Multnomah County Library (MCL) The Rockwood Innovation Station
Academia Duellatoria Historic European Martial Arts
ADX Portland Portland's Premier Makerspace
My Journal City Repurposed Vintage Book Journals
Alter Egos Society Superhero Mask Making
Amateur Radio Relay Group Amateur Radio Communications
Nerdy Ninjas Computer Modding
Autodesk Autodesk Showcase
Oaks Bottom Forge Hand-forged Knives
Bee Thinking Natural Cedar Beehives
OlyMEGA Dioramas and CNC Machines
Bullseye Glass Co Glass Making
Optimystical Studios Geek & Fandom Jewelry
C4 Labs Laser Cutting
Oregon Agate and Mineral Society Rockhounding and Lapidary
ChickTech Squishy Circuits
Chishayla Kimmons Flowers Forever
CNC Router Parts Industrial 3D Printers
Oregon Rocketry Hobby Rockets
Columbia-Willamette Faceters Guild Turning Rocks Into Gemstones.
OSH Park Purple PCB Parade
Paige Tashner Cupcake Mobile
PDX Code Guild Programming Demystified
PDX Hackerspace Flying Robots
Crowd Supply Crowdfunding for Makers
PDX Makers Internet of Things and ElectroHax
Cyclecide Pedal-Powered Carnival
PDX YAR Pirates
CymaSpace Sound-Reactive LED Light System
PDX Young Makers Soft Circuits
da Vinci Days Graand Kinetic Challenge Rideable Kinetic Sculptures
Plum Geek Robotics Ringo the Palm Size Robot
Dan Howland Papercraft
PNCA Print Media & Applied Craft + Design Technology and Paper Objects
Daniel Muir Twisted Copper
Portland 3D Printing Lab 3D Printing Technologies
David and Abe Knierim Supersonic Ping-Pong Ball Launcher
Denise Bowman From Sand to Glass
Portland Children's Museum Make Some Noise
Destination Imagination Balls & Bridges
Portland Community College Maker Station and Projects
Don Anderson 1 Million Volt Tesla Coil
Portland Garment Factory Weaving, Knitting, and Embroidery
Dorkbot PDX Electricity Projects
Portland Indie Game Squad Play, Make, and Design Games
Escapism Portland Making Puzzles
Portland State University Precision Robot Welding
ESCO Casting Hard Hat Key Chains
PSU Aerospace Open Source Rockets
FABINOUS Smart Phone Microscope
Faron Evans Bend A Bug
Public Labs Open Source Hardware
QuickDraw Drawbot
Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington DIY Ring Glider & Binary Code
R2-D2 Builders Club R2-D2 Replicas
reStart Something Good/Elizabeth Start Giant Friendship Bracelet
Glowbox LLC plin.co
Reverend Nat's Cider Cidermaking
Greiner Engineering Solar Pool Heater with Data Recording
Rewild Portland Earth-Based Arts, Traditions, & Technologies
HamShield HAM Radio
Robert Cyders Electric Bike
Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club
ROBLOX MMO Game Building
Hiss and Hers Herp Hobbies Cuttlebone Casting
RugEmpire Upcycled Pet Beds & Toys
ICEovation Ice Sculptures
Saturday Academy Maker Classes & Camps
Inkstone Graphics Plein Air Art
Sticks & Stones Accessories Create Your Own ID tag
Intel Edison and Galileo Rapid Prototyping
SurplusGizmos Maker crafts
ITSPHUN Geometric Art
Swarm Portland Hive Bee Beds
K12 Virtual Schools Beginner Circuits
Tesseract Design 3D Scanning & Printing
Keppinger Kits Theremin
The Craft Factory Craft a Robot
KikiDoodle Illustration
Tim Klein The Yarn Car
Low Voltage Labs Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Soldering Kits
Tinker Camp Cardboard Challenge
Mad Science of Portland and Vancouver Catapult Launch Station
Toyota Making Cars
MakersBox Program a Turtle Robot
Trackers Earth Forest & Folk Craft
Mantaray watercraft Mantaray Watercraft
Travbuilds 1/4 Scale Sherman Tank & 2/5 Scale Batpod
MapleXO Recycled Skateboard Accessories
Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club Art and Jewelry from Rocks
Mark Chapman Kinetic Sculptures
Upswept Creative Superhero Photobooth
Mark Simmons Homemade Musical Instruments
Village Home Scribbling Machines and Ello Village
MG Shoes Modern Medieval Footwear
Weird City Games March of the Ants & Little Pig
Milwaukie Robotics Great Ball Contraption
WJPrinting / Bill Smith 3D Printing Pen
Molten Steel Man Walking Beast
Yellow Scope Science Kits for Girls

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Innovation Stage
In addition to the interactive exhibits around the Faire, the Innovation Stage showcases Makers and projects making an impact in the community. The Innovation Stage will be located inside the museum in the Auditorium and will feature 20-30 minute presentations following by Q&A.

11:00AM | The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory 
with Windell Oskay, PhD, Co-Founder, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

12:00PM | Up-close and Personal with R2D2: Building Your Own Droid 
with Chris Stephens, R2D2 Builders Group

1:00 PM | Making Maker Minds: How Play, Tinkering, and Sharing Improve Learning 
with Josh Bancroft, Developer Education Strategist at Intel

2:00PM | Building Maker Communities 
with Dale Dougherty, Editor-In-Chief of MAKE Magazine and Founder of Maker Faire

3:00PM | Engineering a Difference in High School 
with Jacob Bendicksen, Co-President of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1540

4:00PM | Stop Motion Animation & Rigging with LAIKA 
with LAIKA: Rigging with Ollie Jones, Animation Rigging Supervisor, and Chris Gough, Rigger at LAIKA


11:00AM | Aikido with Mind and Body Coordination
with Scott MacHaffie, Oregon Ki Society

12:00PM | Making in a Digital World
with David Perry, Founder & Designer at Open Fab PDX

1:00PM | Making Science Matter: A Journey through Modern Media
with Dr. Kiki Stanford, Producer & Host, This Week in Science

2:00PM | Everything You Want to Know about 3D Printing
with Shashi Jain, Organizer of Portland 3D Printing Lab

3:00PM | Hack Oregon
with Catherine Nikolovski, Executive Director at Hack Oregon

4:00PM | Making a Solar Car
with Tom Stueve, Oregon High School Solar Car Team

Workshops provide an in-depth learning experience from local and national Makers. Workshops will be located inside the museum in Classroom 1 and will be 60-90 minutes in length. Workshops are free unless otherwise noted and space is on a first-come, first-served basis.

11:00 AM | Wearable Code
with Bob Gallup

12:30 PM | YouthSpark Smart Game Design
with Microsoft

2:00 PM | Adopt-a-Hand
with E-Nable

3:30 PM | 20 Minutes to Fresh Cheese!
with Urban Cheesecraft


11:00 AM | DIY Marbling
with Lucid Optic Lab

12:30 PM| Conceptualizing Ideas
with Make Something Wonderful

2:00 PM | YouthSpark Smart Game Design
with Microsoft

3:30 PM | Steno at the Speed of Thought
with Crowd Supply and the Stenosaurus


Plan Your Visit
Ticket Information, Food & Drink, How to Get to OMSI
Getting Tickets

Tickets to the 2015 Portland Mini Maker Faire will include the entire OMSI campus. There will be three main areas of the faire: the north parking lot, the museum, and the bridge lot at the base of the Tilikum Crossing.

One-Day Passes: $15 Adults, $10 Youth 3-18 and Seniors 63+
Two-Day Passes: $25 Adults, $15 Youth 3-18 and Seniors 63+
OMSI Members get 50% off all tickets

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Food & Drink

A food cart pod will serve up local food and flavor at the Faire. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the bar, but some food carts are cash-only so please plan accordingly. An ATM is available inside the museum.

Participating food carts:

50 Licks  |  Altengartz  |  Aybla Grill  |  Bunk Sandwiches  |  Dogs & Fries  |  Hungry Heart  |  Moberi Smoothies  |  Monte Cristo  |  Ruby Jewel  |  So Cold  |  Tamale Boy  |  Taqueria la Merced  |  Thrive Pacific NW

Getting Here

Portland Mini Maker Faire is located throughout the OMSI campus. This will include the main museum, OMSI's north parking lot and OMSI's bridge lot located south of the museum at the base of the Tilikum Crossing. 

The Portland Streetcar now stops at OMSI and the MAX Orange Line will stop at OMSI beginning September 12. Free valet bike parking will be offered starting 9:30am each day. Taking public transit or biking is strongly encouraged! 

The south parking lot and overflow lot will be available for visitor parking at the museum (carpooling is encouraged!). Parking in the OMSI lot is $5/day.

As parking will be limited that day, there are several public parking lots located in SE Portland and along public transit routes:

  • SE 3rd Ave & Morrison St.
  • SE 2nd Ave & Yamhill St.
  • Smart Park – SW 1st & Jefferson St. (across the Hawthorne Bridge)
  • Oregon Convention Center (on the Streetcar line)

For detailed information about getting to OMSI, visit Visitor Info.

Please note that no pets are allowed at the faire, but service animals are welcome.


We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors and community partners who support the Portland Mini Maker Faire!


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Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.