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Welcome to Maker Faire Austin Town Hall Wiki. password=maker!


First off this is NOT OFFICIALLY SPONSORED by Make or OREILLY publishing. This is just an act of love by Silona - a huge fan of Maker Faire.


I'll announce the next meeting here!


Well the meetup on Jan 27th went really well with over 35 people in attendance from various communities. I think we will work on making this a regular event to help promote the Maker community spirit here in Austin. Sherry loved and was greatful for all the feedback. I think what stood out the most to me was how much everyone loves this event and is already figuring out how to make it even better for next time. What a great bunch of DOers!


Second Town Hall meeting took place on June 1st. Don't miss the next one!


Third Town hall July 20th 6-9pm at la La Madeleine on Lamar and 34th street (ps they want wifi... let's figure out how to get them wifi'd for next meetup?)


also on facebook




There is a Maker Faire Austin group on LinkedIn:



Commitee Breakdown

Results from January 27th, 6-9pm at La Madeleine on Lamar and 34th street.


  1. Transportation
  2. Food
  3. Promotions
  4. Community
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Scheduling
  7. Family
  8. Volunteers


Results from June 1st, 6-9pm at La Madeleine on Lamar and 34th street.


  1. Film and Video



Some suggested topics:

  • Interesting Foodie projects
  • How to increase local sponsorship of large art projects in Austin
  • I want the Austin Music scene to be better represented. How to do that?
    • I'm doing some stuff with the Center for Texas Music History, and they might be willing to step up in some way. I'll ask.
    • We really need to reach out to the chiptuners and remixers. There were some great acts last time, but far too short. When a set might consist of a single song, there's more that should be going on. Tree Wave couldn't make it last year, but maybe he can make an appearance this year. Need more time for explanations along with demos, may want to give them some main stage time instead of that top balcony. There's been a ton of interesting developments, and I'm working on one now - we'll see what comes of it.
  • I want the Austin Film scene to be better represented. How to do that? (Moved to Film and Video)
  • Caravans to Maker Faire next year (bio busing project?)


Enter yours here!

  • Various improvements for the Faire (e.g. make it easier to FIND STUFF)
    • Keep the theramin projects to the corners of the building. Don't know why, but for some reason, it was killing the wireless signals to all the booths surrounding it.
    • Speaking of wireless, need true dedicated ethernet for some projects. The group I was with had it up and working, but then the floor grinches came and unhooked it just because they didn't do it.
    • Same electricians said that the power was kosher, even though it fried three booths later that night - might want to warn people to bring APCs, outlets and gaf tape (not Duct Tape).
    • Have the robot group keep the noise down. Understand the mentality, understand the draw, but impossible to maintain sanity after 4000th airhorn blast and 'More Human than Human' roll.
    • Make sure to remind folks to request chairs, tables, etc. - HUGE issue last year.
    • Overall check-in process for booth-based individuals (such as in-booth swap out personnel) needs to be more seamless, had entire crews of folks waiting and booths vacant while I got paged to the front to confirm and help them check in, even though volunteer lists were given in advance as requested.
  • Volunteer improvements (some notes below)
    • More lead time for recruitment and to get the word out
    • More local media involvement
    • Coordinate and amp up the blog noise before the event
    • Have volunteer signup near the entrance for public, maybe one at Maker check in and one at public entrance?
    • education for various lead areas about how to best utilize volunteer help , and description of jobs
    • water stations set up at various locations for volunteers
    • volunteer button on first page of website, easy to find and easy to sign up
  • Special requests
    • Need building blueprints to get clearance for laser light show, who do I need to call?


Attendees signup:




*Erica O'Grady

*Chrysta Hudson


*Maggie Duval


*Demon Monk

*mike weiblen (mew.cx)

*Chris Robison

*Steven Evatt


*Raines Cohen (in town for Netroots Nation

Comments (2)

Anonymous said

at 3:15 pm on Jan 28, 2008

I think it is completely appropriate for people to say what groups and companies they are with so that we can cross promote. just don't makes it an ad peeps!

Anonymous said

at 1:07 am on Jun 1, 2008

I can't attend, but I'm more than happy to help. Any way to skype in or live blog and have a chat open for questions/suggestions for those who cannot attend?

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