Maker Expo at Nerd Nite KW

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DW here. Our pal and Nerd Nite KW chief, the ever-awesome Charlotte Armstrong invited the Maker Expo posse to bring our roadshow to a special edition of Nerd Nite last Friday. As we’re known to do: we geared up and then showed up. More on that, but first the ME Message of the Day:

Sign up here to volunteer!  We’re looking at you to help us increase the awesome of Maker Expo. We can use help promoting the show ahead of time. We need help helping exhibiting makers unloading and loading up their gear. We need help answering questions like “Where do we make the air-powered rockets?” and “Which way to the 12 Angry Filmmakers?”  Ok, back to Friday night…

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Charlotte! She is a force of nerdly nature. Funny story: that very morning as I was meeting Catharine Gerhard of CTT and telling her about Nerd Nite and Charlotte, the barista at Balzac’s chimed in over the counter: “oh YEAH, Charlotte is *awesome!*”  It was like… Fight Club. Anyway, Charlotte set up a special gig…

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at the Communitech Hub 

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to have Dr. Julielynn Wong speak about her experience employing 3D printing innovation in both medicine, space exploration and the combination of the two. Interesting talk.

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And more interesting talk among the people…

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curious to know more about Maker Expo and…

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kwartzlab, too.

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To Agnes’ chagrin, my DroneBox reappeared emitting such tunes as Refrigerator in the Garage and Broken Bathroom Fan.

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Brent, look out! You’ve got a Tigwell on you.

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Brent’s blue period. Nota bene: this does *not* qualify as meta, since Brent is only lugging cameras in this shot and not shooting them.

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Visitors marveling at the 3D printed gear heart from kwartzlab.

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Ravi Baboolal, the maker’s maker, kwartzlabber, and my partner in managing sponsorship for Maker Expo. As if that’s not enough to keep him busy, he’s also running the whole Bot Brawl component of Maker Expo in which sumo robots in both 30 and 150lbs weight classes will do battle.

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Ravi loves DroneBox so much he’s explaining it to our guests. Ravi’s first instinct: “We gotta make a bigger DroneBox!”

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Time portal from kwartzlab. Runs on 12 volts.

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Thanks Communitech for letting us into your house again.

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Title!

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Truth!

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Nerd powers activate!

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Thanks to Janette MacDonald (I see you there) from City of Kitchener for introducing me to Valerie Bradford who is cooking up some cool makerly stuff for the city. They all work in Rod Regier’s Economic Development group. Remember: In Rod we trust.

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Dr. Wong.

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My memory is a little hazy, but I’m pretty sure this is where Charlotte said: sign up here to volunteer for Maker Expo! Ok, well she didn’t really say that, but I’ll bet she was thinking it.

We are all makers. This is Waterloo Region.

DW

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