During your visit to Maker Faire Detroit this weekend, make sure to stop by and meet one of our exhibitors, Microsoft. We had a chance to chat with Drew Costakis about what you can expect from them in just a few days.
Tell us a little bit about Microsoft and your on-site activation at Maker Faire Detroit this year.
Microsoft is best known as a software company but many of the folks that work for Microsoft here in Michigan (about 200 of us) are very hands on with building stuff in our spare time (electronics, metal and wood working, etc.). We love the maker culture and we wanted to have fun, challenge ourselves and maybe inspire a few young folks to tinker and build with technology vs. just playing games with their gadgets.
What was the inspiration for your activation at the faire?
We wanted to build something that was LARGE and WET and involved multiple disciplines (structures, plumbing, CNC, CAD, graphics, soldering, programming, design, etc.) to build. We also wanted to combine controlling the physical world with the world of the cloud (Azure and Twitter services).
How do you think Microsoft embodies the making spirit?
We love how software allows an enterprising individual (or maker) to iterate, experiment and build cool stuff at a very low cost. Microsoft’s first product was a programming language (BASIC) and we continue to pride ourselves in providing tools for building amazing contraptions. You’ll see how our project queries Twitter’s streaming service, leverages our cloud computing platform (Azure) and interacts with physical controls through the .Net Micro Framework. Microsoft makes available a number of tools for free and some in open source, examples include the free Visual Studio Express (targeted at students so they can learn to program), the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio and the open source .Net Micro Framework which we leverage on our embedded boards in this project.
What are you most looking forward to at Maker Faire Detroit this year?
Given how hot it’s been in July, we hope that our modern interpretation of a dunk tank will be a big draw!
The Michigan Woodworkers’ Guild
Tell us a little bit about the guild
The Michigan Woodworkers’ Guild is a non-profit organization of approximately 300 members who enjoy making projects in wood. Members range from beginning woodworkers to professionals, primarily located in southeastern Michigan, who meet monthly to share their knowledge and to inspire each other to expand our woodworking skills. We are excited to be selected to participate in the 2013 Maker Faire to share our interest in all facets of woodworking with Faire attendees. Continue reading
Tell us a little bit about yourself and the fountain
For 30 years I worked for a defense company in Southern California where I developed a passion for embedded controllers, electronics, mechanics, fluid dynamics and building things. The fountain is a culmination of all the skills I developed over my career. Continue reading
Can’t wait to see what we’ve got in store across our stages this year? Head over to the schedule page. Make sure to check often as the schedule is subject to change. For the latest information, look for the 2013 Maker Faire Detroit app in the iTunes store.
Leading up to Maker Faire Detroit 2013 we’ll be showcasing a few of our makers you’ll see in Henry Ford Museum and out in the midway. Today we’ll kick it off with Mark Deseck and his Powered Paraglider Simulator.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and the Powered Paraglider Simulator
My name is Mark Deseck, and I live in Saline, Mich., with my wife, Geneva, and son, Trevor. I work as a project planner in the defense industry, and I have a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering.
One of my passions is flying a powered paraglider (more commonly referred to as PPG). I’ve been flying them for nearly 15 years and have over 1,500 flights in my flight log. It’s one of the most fun, economical, portable, and safe methods to fly. Launches are accomplished by foot-launching the glider or with a wheeled trike. The paraglider wing is very maneuverable and generally flies at a speed of around 25 mph. Continue reading
Makers and the Maker Faire Detroit team are busy getting ready for the big show in two weeks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stop to have some fun before the gates open! Join the Maker Faire Detroit team and Nerd Nite Detroit for a “hacknologic” night of making and fun July 25 at Tangent Gallery in Detroit from 6-10 p.m. What can you expect? Here’s what Nerd Nite Detroit has to say:
Maker Faire is coming to The Henry Ford, but the Nerds at Nerd Nite have a chance to start the Making early. Join us July 25th for a special Nerd Nite 313 + Maker Faire mashup. See world famous death defying makers Ted Hansen, John Ackley, and Will Brick tinker/hack/invent/make/talk on the Nerd Nite stage, with special Maker Faire fun going down in the mezzanine. Avoid certain doom while thrilling to the spectacle of the knife fighting robot automatons! Enjoy tasty dinner and treats from our friends at Sidecar! Find us at the Tangent Gallery for a hacktackular Nerd Nite 313 in July.
To learn more about the event and register, click here. Make sure to like Nerd Nite Detroit on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest events and news.
I looked at my calendar and gasped this morning – Maker Faire Detroit 2013 is just 12 days away! Thanks to events like Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturdays at Henry Ford Museum this year, we’ve always got Maker Faire on the brain. But now we’ve REALLY got it on the brain with just a few days remaining until showtime. Continue reading
Join us this Saturday, July 13, in Detroit for a pre-Maker Faire meetup at The Metro Times and Detroit Mercantile Co.’s Midsummer Market! Join us from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a meetup with DIY author Eleanor Whitney. Eleanor is stopping in Detroit as part of her midwest book tour this month as she promotes Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job. The book is a “a practical field guide for creative people with great ideas for independent projects that shows the way to success and sustainability on your own terms.”
You can learn more about the event by RSVP-ing on Facebook. To see what Crain’s Detroit has to say about the event this weekend, take a look here.
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It’s not too often that we invite guests to hack Henry Ford Museum. But at Maker Faire Detroit this year, you’ve now got a chance to do so!
During the weekend of July 27-28, we’ll be hosting a hackathon in the museum with our partners at Compuware. We’re looking for up to 25 teams of four people to try and solve a challenge, issued right before the faire begins, based on the following criteria:
- Originality of concept
- Overall application design
- Overall quality/experience
- Incorporation of The Henry Ford digital assets
- Incorporation of other external sources – APIs, content, etc.
- Crowd-source Challenge (to be explained in the challenge packet)
What’s up for grabs for winning the challenge? Along with receiving the notoriety and recognition of winning Maker Faire Detroit’s first hackathon, prize packages will be awarded to the top three teams:
- Family Flex + Rides Annual Member Pass ($305 value)
- annual subscription to MAKE Magazine ($35)
- winners will be featured in THF OnMaking
Think you can hack it? Apply here.