Solutions to problems both large and small often come from bringing together people and ideas. At its core, the VOICES project (Views, Opinions and Ideas of Citizens in Europe on Science) is about working with people to identify problems and potential solutions to an often overlooked but very real problem of “Urban Waste.”
Over 70 million truckloads of household rubbish, “Urban Waste” are disposed each year across the EU. At Dublin Mini Maker Faire, the VOICES project will have a stand where some of the solutions identified by citizen groups will be put into action.
Visitors to the VOICES stand can try their hand at upcycling waste objects, turning unwanted materials into something useful, highlighting how many materials can be reused – something at the core of the project. Visitors will be able to make a smart phone speaker from rubbish, turn old clothing into cool accessories and waste paper into intricate decorations. Visitors can also submit their own concerns or ideas for solving Urban Waste problems, have a look at ideas collected from the Dublin VOICES group, and “fund” their favourite ideas for dealing with urban waste problems.
How would you design a music player for a giant, what about a cooking utensil for a fairy… or a gift for an evil genius? The Creativity Hub was founded by husband and wife team Rory O’Connor and Anita Murphy to create games and tools to help people think in new ways. While Rory’s Story Cubes was created to ﬁre the imagination of everyone, The Extraordinaires Design Studio will inspire the next generation of design thinkers. Check out their video.
We love our sponsors. Without them we couldn’t keep the Faire open and free for all to attend. The way we like it. We also love when companies who believe in what we are trying to do and help us run the Faire by donating stuff. Step in Spike badges http://spikebadges.com/ , they supplied us with a load of shiny badges. Thanks guys! If you have been at any of our warm up events you will have seen them in all their glory (the picture is from the 4th of July celebrations) Look out for them on Saturday!
Science Hack Day Dublin, is making a triumphant return after it debut in 2012. On the 2nd & 3rd of March ,”The Hub” DCU will be home to a 36 hour long making hack-a-ton! Not to be missed.
The idea of the event is to bring together designers, developers, scientists, artists in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking and building cool stuff. It just happens to be run by the some of the same happy people who are organising this years Dublin Mini Maker Faire, so it is guaranteed to rock your socks off.
It’s great opportunity to kick start a project you’ve put into the Dublin Mini Maker Faire open call (which closes 1st of March).
Hello our maker friends! There is no rest for the wicked is would seem. We are already busy organising a bigger and better Dublin Mini Makerfaire for 2013 (ah we love it really!)
In order to help us know what worked and what didn’t this year, we need your help! If you attended the Faire, we would be delighted if you could take the time to fill out the following survey and let’s us know where we went right and where we went wrong.
It would be a big help to us and would help make the next Faire even more amazing!