Lisbon Mini Maker Faire

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The moment that some people have been waiting for is coming: the first Maker Faire in Portugal! 😀 It’s going to be held in Pavilhão do Conhecimento, in Lisbon, from the 19th to the 21st of September of 2014. The event was first announced in the 7th Portuguese Makers Hangouts session live at Codebits 2014 where I was one of the speakers. You can see the complete Hangout and announcement here.
In case you’re wondering

“What is a Maker Faire??”

here’s the answer [from]: 
Maker Faire is the greatest show and tell on Earth! It is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. 
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1000+ maker exhibits and 120,000 people in attendance. World  Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ Makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK) and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ Makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United states and the world. 
Now you might be thinking

“Yeah, cool, but why should I go to Lisbon Mini Maker Faire?”

and here is why [once again, from]:
The Maker Movement is relatively new in the world but has been growing exponentially for the last years and reflects an unquestionable tendency: we’re living a new period of revolution.
So many barriers have vanished and so many opportunities emerged during the last years, this sparked a huge community that’s enabling their talent with the tools, knowledge sharing and materials to which they finally have access to. Thus empowered, they’re able to innovate and create almost anything at their homes, garages, labs or small startups.
Portugal is a Maker country, a nation of talented people with the trait of creating the unimaginable with little at hand. Lisbon Mini Maker Faire 2014 is the first event of this kind in our country, bringing together for 3 days more than 70 Portuguese Makers who will demonstrate (and surprise us with) our country’s resourcefulness and creativity in a prestigious venue.
Here’s a short video to give you a glance of the essence of a Maker Faire:
And now you might be thinking

“Coool!! I have some stuff that I made and I’d like to show it at Lisbon Mini Maker Faire! How can I do it?”.

Well, you just have to go to the Call for Makers page, enter some quality information about your project (state of the project, pictures, videos, links are very, I repeat… very appreciated but not mandatory) and apply. Your submission will then be evaluated and you’ll be contacted by the organization of the event. You have just until the end of June July (deadline extended) to apply!
Finally, right now you are probably thinking

“Awesome! I really have to go… and take my friends… and mom… and dad… my whole family!… Or I could just convince my professors to take my entire class there and skip the lessons at school! But tickets will probably cost a lot of money…”

but fear no more.
Although you have to register for tickets, tickets are 100% FREE. Just go here and register as many people as you’ll be taking with you to Lisbon Mini Maker Faire! 😀
For more info just visit the event’s main website:

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