Maker Faire Kansas City

by Scott on 06/26/2011

Tinkerers, innovators, scientists, and hobbyists of all sorts converged on KC’s Union Station this weekend to show off their projects.  Lindsay and I went because the publishers of Make magazine also publish Craft magazine which she likes. It was a pretty awesome event. We saw a bunch of interesting projects and heard from some world-renowned innovators.

Check out a photo album here.

I would never have believed that I would have the opportunity to speak 1-on-1 with two different TED speakers in the same day…

I was particularly impressed with Marcin Jakubowski. His project, Open Source Ecology, involves localizing all the knowledge and machinery (and the machinery that makes the machinery, etc) necessary to create a completely self-sustained community. That knowledge is then shared freely so others can repeat his processes and perhaps apply certain helpful innovations. Think open-source farming, or rather open-source civilization.

I also spoke via video chat with Neil Gershenfeld. He’s a professor at MIT who, somewhat accidentally, is creating a network of publicly-accessible mini fabrication labs. His FabLabs have opened doors for specialized hands-on educational opportunities all over the world. This video is very interesting… you can skip to about 6:24 to get a feel for the FabLab project if the science at the beginning is distracting (although you should give it a chance because it is fascinating).

We also heard from Tim O’Reilly, founder of the ubiquitous O’Reilly Media. I don’t know much about Tim, but he had some cool things to say… especially about government as a platform. Listening to guys like these help me remember that I know nearly nothing about nearly anything.

Scott Ramon

There are 2 comments in this article:

  1. 06/27/2011Mark Sidarous says:

    That is awesome. Also, isn’t Jakubowski your real (non Ellis Island) family name?

  2. 06/28/2011Scott says:

    Ha, yes I believe you are correct to some extent. The details are fuzzy to me. Perhaps he and I are distant cousins.