Last Sunday, Melbourne Library Service’s Library at the Dock held its first Mini Make Day: a chance for Melbourne’s maker community to show off, and for the public to learn about what’s going on around town in robotics and electronics, 3D printing, costume making and computer games.
Some great organisations showed up from all corners of Melbourne:
- Ethno Tekh – artists using digital technology to create interactive experiences
- Swinburne University Robotics
- Hackerspaces (also known as makerspaces):
- The Robots Are Coming – 3D printing educators
- The Robe and Blaster – Costumers specialising in Star Wars, using exciting techniques such as 3D printing
- Girl Geek Academy – Technology workshops for women
- Local indie game developers:
And of course, the Library’s state-of-the-art makerspace was on show as well. I was there with CCHS, and would say the day was a big success. The library was packed!
Some people were already into DIY technology, and some were just curious to see what this whole maker thing is all about. It was a pleasure to talk to them all, and to see everyone’s excitement at experiencing some new technologies for the first time. People got to try out motion-detecting interactive art, a virtual reality headset, and a full body 3D scanner, amongst other things. I got to try out a Google Glass for the first time, but let’s just say it’s not made for people who wear glasses already…
Overall Mini Make Day was lots of fun, and I look forward to the next one.