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How can any one NOT want to go to this???? Hope to see some of you there?
If the UK Maker Faire is anything like the one here in Tokyo, it will be well worth the effort to participate in some way. I was part of the Tokyo Hackerspace exhibit for Make Tokyo Meeting 04 http://jp.makezine.com/blog/2009/11/mtm04.html, and the interest in robotics was extremely strong, with humanoids drawing a lot of attention. Quite a few of the makers were showing off their robot creations.
Attendance at the Japan events has doubled each time they are held (every six months) to the point that they are struggling to find bigger and bigger venues. _________________ Latest robot news, information, reviews, hacks, photos, and videos - with special on-site coverage from Japan
I think the entry process is their way of keeping things manageable with people gathered together with one point of contact to deal with, especially with the phenomenal growth and interest. Most of the 'individual' makers here aligned themselves with a group - in my case it was Tokyo Hackerspace. _________________ Latest robot news, information, reviews, hacks, photos, and videos - with special on-site coverage from Japan
Here's one of the posts I did about the Make Tokyo event robots. The video only shows a small fraction of the robots that participated. There were a couple ROBO-ONE builders, and of course the Makerbot guys from Fukuoka that are also top ROBO-ONE competitors. _________________ Latest robot news, information, reviews, hacks, photos, and videos - with special on-site coverage from Japan
Joined: 11 Oct 2004 Posts: 1791 Location: London, UK
Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:05 pm Post subject:
I was in touch with the event organizer and she was willing to do 2 things; provide a table to do a robotics workshop, and possibly provide a stage to do some performance or competition.
However, I didn't see an overwhelming response here of at least say 5 enthusiasts (and also we are extremely busy these days after the BETT show) hence I told the organizers that we wont take the generous offer this time. I guess there would be more people enthusiastic to go if if the weather was better and location was more central.
If there is a quorum of enthusiasts that would like to go then I'll be happy to pass along the contact.
Joined: 20 Feb 2007 Posts: 298 Location: UK, Near Aylesbury
Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:05 am Post subject:
Hi all, its a go !!
We have an area booked for the UK Maker Faire in Newcastle and I have paid for my hotel room, so come rain, hail or shine we will have a manned booth for the weekend.
Let me know if you can come along, the more that attend, the better the spectacle for the visitors.
Even if you can only come for one day, or are a lurking visitor eager to see these robots in action, you are most welcome.
I will be travelling up from Oxford on Friday afternoon and coming back Sunday evening, and can fit 1 more person in the car if anyone needs a lift.
Have a look at the website, there were over 7000 guests last year, as well as wide media coverage. I think the flavour of the event meshes well with Humanoid robotics and could be generate some real interest in our hobby.
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