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Maker Faire Ottawa 2016

3D printers, laser cutters, open-source hardware, and upcycling were all front-and-center at the 2016 Maker Faire Ottawa. This year’s event took place October 15-16th at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park. Dubbed the “greatest show (and tell) on earth,” Maker Faire events began in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since that time, these all-ages showcases of innovations and creativity have entertained and inspired millions of attendees.

Ottawa’s two-day event featured over 80 makers of all ages and backgrounds touting their new inventions and new ideas for the future. These were some of my favourite makers and exhibits (pictured in the slideshow above):

Tick Tock Tom showcased a variety of sculptures made from scrap metal.

The Canadian Dalek Empire was on-hand to seek, trundle, and exterminate people – all for a charitable cause!

MakeFashion displayed wearable technology.

Graphic designer Petr Maur displayed a wide range of hand-crafted ray guns.

Mein Enigma displayed an Arduino-based electronic replica of the German enigma machine used to encrypt messages during World War II.

Not to be outdone, Ottawa Tardis showed off a full-scale, fan-built replica of the time machine from Doctor Who.

ParLUGment, Ottawa’s adult LEGO fan group, displayed a wide variety of original creations.

I also enjoyed:

  • Tons of 3D printing technology on display at Maker Faire Ottawa
  • R2 Builders who offered attendees tips on creating their own astromech droid building experience, and a variety of 3D-printed robots
  • The Home Made Guitars exhibit, which featured a variety of homemade instruments
  • The World of Sculptures exhibit, which offered up an art installation that mixed plants and technology

Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.