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.
Our Makers are the core of our event. We like to treat them right. What better way than a nice laser-cut badge from Snow. If you want one you will have to be a maker at next year’s event or talk very nicely to a maker and they might let you hold it.
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!
What happens when a group of kids come together ? They create robots that can take over the world ? Not quite but close enough. We delighted to add the robotics club from Dalriada Grammar School, Ballymoney. The build a range of robots using different hardware from Raspberry Pi to Lego NXT. They will be showcasing a range of robots and allowing you to control them. Check out their robotic arm controlled using a Wiimote below.