I started the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire back in 2011 and am so proud to see that it’s still going strong. The annual event is going into its seventh year, is still free to attend, and is happening this coming weekend. Head over to their website to reserve tickets and see who's going to be there.
I haven’t been involved in the event since that first year, thanks mainly to some amazing folks I was able to work with initially and hand it off to. The main inspiration for me to start up the event was the fact that I could never make it out to New York or the Bay Area to attend one of the “main” Maker Faire events, as I was always busy at school. By utilizing some resources (and a parking lot) that belonged to the ME department at Georgia Tech, I was somehow able to create and arrange everything from California, where I was working at an internship during the summer of 2011. It wasn't anything super special: there were only a handful of exhibitors and the whole event only spanned the space of a small parking lot, but clearly it was the start of something grand. And for that I'm glad I started it.
I thought I’d share some photos from that first year to provide some perspective on how far the event has come. For comparison, here is Make's summary of the 2015 event. If you’re in the Atlanta area, check it out this weekend!