Troy Mini Maker Faire 2016 Was a Blast!

A big, big thank you to everyone who turned out for the 2016 edition of the Troy Mini Maker Faire! More than 8,000 people came by to see exhibits from our fabulous Makers, witness the exciting Power Tool Drag Races, and ooh and ahh over the fantastical vehicles entered in the Chamberlain Inventors’ Challenge. Denizens of our sister event, The Enchanted City, could be spotted throughout the day checking out the contraptions and displays on Broadway and in the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.

WalkerThe day could not have happened without the hard work of our volunteers and organizers, including Jayme Wood, Susan Dunckel, Tom Tongue, Becky Martin, Mick Cipolla, Bryce Miller, Corey Aldrich, and many, many more. We appreciate all your help and support!

If you were there and have photos or videos of the event, please post or share them on the Troy Mini Maker Faire Facebook page! Thanks especially to our friend Dan Schneiderman from the Rochester Mini Maker Faire for sharing his photos on their Facebook page.

We hope you enjoyed the day, and look forward to seeing you again!

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to Seeing at Troy Mini Maker Faire

Steampunk fashion

My first Maker Faire was in 2010, the very first Faire ever held in New York. I loved it so much that the next time I went, in 2012, I ran a booth that was packed from opening to close with people interested trying out DIY projects from my low-tech robotics books for kids. Since then, I’ve been part of Maker Faires in the Bay Area, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

This year, I helped organize the Troy Mini Maker Faire, happening along with The Enchanted City steampunk festival this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. We’re going to have dozens and dozens of amazing exhibitors, but there are a few I’m especially excited to see:

1. Did you know that Maker Faire includes fashion? On Saturday, keep a look out for Andrea Habura‘s steampunk-era sewing machines. If future-facing fashion sounds intriguing, you’ll also want to check out Friday night’s “Of Then and Beyond” runway show, followed by an adult-only reception in the “Garment District” at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.

2. What is Power Tool Drag Racing, you say? Exactly what you think — electric devices, most designed for ripping things apart, tearing down a wooden track trailing their power cords behind them. It’s fast, funny, and sure to be a blast — come watch and take part!

3. This year’s Chamberlain Inventors’ Challenge is shaping up to rival last year’s event, when a giant steampunk hamster wheel was selected to transport The Enchanted City’s Queen Mab to her throne. Come see what crazy conveyances contestants have dreamt up this year!

4. Ecovative is a local company that produces mushroom-based packing products that are 100% biodegradeable. I missed making a GIY (Grow It Yourself) mushroom version of the Maker Faire mascot at World Maker Faire New York in 2016, so I’m glad I get another chance closer to home!

5. I still remember the astounding Toothpick World display at World Maker Faire New York a few years ago. It was even featured in the New York Times! The Syracuse-based Maker Stan Munro will be showing us how it’s done on Saturday.

Of course, I’m also looking forward to seeing all the Makers who will be taking part, from robot builders to high-tech scientists and lots, lots more. I’ll be giving a talk at noon showing parents, kids, and educators how to “break into making” the easy way. You can see the whole schedule here — come check it out!

Attend the Troy Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 6 pm. Get your free tickets  now (or just come by) and meet all our Makers. We’ll see you there!

Makers, Artists, Educators, Engineers — Sign Up Now for Troy Mini Maker Faire!

Are you a Maker? Do you have a cool hands-on project or hobby you’d like to share with your community? Then sign up now to be an exhibitor at the Troy Mini Maker Faire on August 27 from 11 am to 6 pm. It’s free! Together with The Enchanted City steampunk festival, we’ll be taking over the streets of downtown Troy with fun, fashion, machines, mayhem, and activities for everyone from 3 to 103. We’ll also have lots of exciting goings-on inside the Tech Valley Center of Gravity makerspace, our other great sponsor and the heart of Troy’s Maker culture.

To apply to be a Maker, please fill out this form to let us know who you are and what you do. There’s space to include a link to a photo and/or video we can share on our website and social media.

The date is coming up fast, so sign up now! For questions, contact us at We look forward to hearing from you!

Call for Makers Opens April 29 with a Town Hall Q&A!

Update: Our Maker application form is now live!

The Troy Mini Maker Faire wants you! We’re looking for creators of everything from rockets to robots and 3D printers to needlepoint to come exhibit as Makers at our event on August 27. The more interactive your exhibit, the better! Exhibits are free for noncommercial Makers, and the deadline to apply is July 1. Applications will be available on this page starting on April 29.

And we’re kicking off our Call for Makers on Friday, April 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. with a Town Hall at the Tech Valley Center Of Gravity makerspace, 30 3rd Street, Troy, N .Y. This is your opportunity to ask questions, meet other Makers in your community, and check out our local makerspace. It’s also Troy Night Out, so expect lots of entertainment and take some time to stroll around the shops and eateries in the area.

If you like to make things, grow things, animate things, power things, program things, or embellish things, please join us for the Troy Mini Maker Faire Town Hall and find out how you can share your passion with your neighbors and the region!

Mini Maker Faires Around the Region

If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire or Mini Maker Faire, you really have to experience it to understand what all the excitement is about! Luckily, there are several in our region coming up this year, in addition to the Troy Mini Maker Faire on August 27.

Next weekend, April 16th, the Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire will take place in Utica, less than two hours from the Capital District. The Rochester Mini Maker Faire on November 19th is another event worth driving to.

And here’s a list of some other upcoming Mini Maker Faires in our region:

April 30 – Westport Mini Maker Faire, Westport CT
May 7th – Buffalo Mini Maker Faire
June 4th – Eastern Long Island Maker Faire
June 18-19 National Mini Maker Faire, Washington, DC
Sept 24 Champlain Mini Maker Faire
Oct 1-2 – World Maker Faire New York, Queens, NY
October 22 – Fredonia Mini Maker Faire

There are even more Mini Maker Faires happening at schools, libraries, and other venues around the Northeast. You  can find the constantly updated listing on the Maker Faire site. Go check them out and discover why Maker Faires are the place to be!