Lisbon Mini Maker Faire – the Curators, extended deadline and some news

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Hi everyone! I have some great news about the Lisbon Mini Maker Faire that’s going to happen in September. 🙂 In case you haven’t checked out the first post I made about the Lisbon Mini Maker Faire, go check it out here.
In case you already read it, then you know that the call for makers is open and waiting for your project submission 🙂 In case your project is still under development and you fear that you won’t be able to submit it until the end of this month, fear no more, because the first news is that the deadline has been extended until the end of July. 🙂  

The curators…

Once you submit your project it will be evaluated by the Maker Faire curators, a team of amazing Portuguese Makers selected by the Maker Faire organizers. I’m happy to say that I have the honor of being part of that team! 🙂 In short these will be the makers that will evaluate your project:
  • André Almeida – co-founder of Artica;
  • Celso Martinho – CEO and co-founder of SAPO;
  • Eduardo Pinto – Head of Innovation and R&D departments at SAPO;
  • Ferdinand Meier – worker at Fablab EDP and active member of altlab, Lisbon’s Hackerspace.
  • Filipe Valpereiro – founder of Inmotion;
  • Francisco Mendes – co-founder of BeeVeryCreative, producer of the awesome BeeTheFirst 3D printer;
  • Gonçalo Lopes – PhD student in Neuroscience at Champalimaud Foundation;
  • Hugo Silva – co-founder at PLUX and one of the minds behind Bitalino;
  • Leonel Alegre – project manager at Ciência Viva;
  • Mário Saleiro (yep, that’s me 🙂 ) – PhD student studying computer vision and cognitive robotics, co-founder of eLab Hackerspace (Faro),  and author of this blog that you’re reading 🙂 ;
  • Maurício Martins – owner of Leds&Chips and currently working with Dóing.
If you wish to know more about the curators, just go the Curators blog post on the official Lisbon Mini Maker Faire website.

Some tips for submitting your projects…

I’ll give you some short tips for you to take into account when you submit your project in order  to help the curators understanding why your project deserves to make it to the Maker Faire.
  • Tell us the state of your project: is it finished? Great! is it still under development? In which phase is it? How much time are you still expecting to take to finish it? Do you have all the tools and materials to complete it?
  • A picture is worth a thousand words: send us photos and videos of your project for us to be amazed by its awesomeness! 🙂
  • Do not forget the essence of a Maker Faire: it’s all about sharing knowledge and experiences… what materials are used, how to build something, how to use something. Think that every single person that will visit your exhibit will have to learn something about it.
  • Interactive presentations: if possible, try to find a way to turn your project presentation into a “hands on” experience. Your project can be awesome, but if people can actually try it, it reaches a new level of awesomeness and visitors will surely never forget the great moments they had at the Lisbon Mini Maker Faire interacting with your project.
  • Be creative! 

Some more news…

To finish this post I’ll leave you with some more news about what’s been going on lately:

  • The curators have been hard at work and have already selected more than 25 amazing projects 🙂 ;
  • Câmara Municipal de Lisboa will join the organization team;
  • InMotion stepped in as the first official sponsor. Some cool surprises and a great welcome kit are guaranteed 😉 ; 
  • There is a Media and Press Kit page so that you can help spreading the word about the Lisbon Mini Maker Faire;
  • A calendar is available for listing talks and workshops that are being approved;
  • If you want to help organizing the Maker Faire, you can become a volunteer here 🙂 .
For more info just visit the event’s main website:
Expect some more news soon 🙂 

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