Water and electronics don’t work well together, but the Nashville Mini Maker Faire is a rain-or-shine event, and it took place a few Saturdays ago. Despite rain falling periodically since the beginning of the event, almost all the booths were unperturbed. It does help when one of your exhibitions is a submarine.
But even that handmade, custom-built submarine from two makers in Kentucky was only one of many incredible exhibits. From the $15,000 second place Battlebots team, Bombshell, to the drone racing, to the 3D printed prosthetics, the Nashville Mini Maker Faire has pulled both a large crowd and innovative makers.
What is pulling them? The attendees didn’t solely consist of middle-aged techies already embedded in the community. There was a massive amount of people completely new to the Maker community.
Firstly, there were celebrities like Bombshell, who, along with BB-8 and R2-D2 bots, provide an entry point to being a Maker.
Secondly, there were tons of booths centered on teaching essential Maker skills, like soldering and construction, as well design and prototyping.
It was a cornucopia of showing not only the products of amazing Makers, but the process of creating the complex projects. Check out this video for more coverage: