Author Archives: bill

CALL FOR MAKERS: Westport Mini Maker Faire – Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Westport Mini Maker Faire, produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. and the Westport Library, is a community organized Faire that brings together science, crafts, arts, engineering, technology, music, and workshops. It will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am – 4 pm at the Westport Library and on Jesup Green.

This family friendly event showcases the work of a variety of makers from Westport, Connecticut and beyond – we provide an outlet for anyone who embraces the DIY or DIT (do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.

  • Call for Makers Open Date: January 30, 2013
  • Call for Makers Close Date: March 27, 2013
  • Entry Form

How It Works

  1. Click the above “Entry Form” button and fill out the form with as much detail as you can
    • this year we’re going to have signs for your tables, and possibly some sort of maker identification, so don’t misspell your name!
    • give us videos, pictures, blog posts, anything to learn about your project and then publicize it once you’re in
  2. Click the big “Submit” button at the bottom once you’re done
  3. We’ll receive your submission, and you’ll be put on our “Maker Applicants” list
  4. Within 2-3 weeks of submission (be patient with us – we’re all just volunteers you know), you will receive an email letting you know you did or did not get approved. Space is limited so be sure to get your project in early!
  5. All approved makers will be put on our 2013 Makers mailing list and you will receive the Maker Manual to get you up to date on all of the details
  6. On April 27th, you arrive early at Jesup Green and the Westport Library with bright eyes and bushy tails, set up shop, and get to showing off your projects and inspiring people

We’re looking for makers who fit into these categories (and others!):

  • 3D Printing
  • Amateur Rocketry
  • Arduino
  • Art Cars
  • Clothing Making
  • Composting
  • DIY Biology
  • Edible Schoolyards
  • HAM Radio Operators
  • How to Fix Things or Take Them Apart
  • Human Powered Machines
  • Make Your Own Instruments
  • Molecular Gastronomy
  • Performer
  • Raspberry Pis
  • Robotics
  • Rube Goldberg Groups
  • Student Projects
  • Tesla Coils
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • Vintage Electronics and Computers
  • Woodworkers
  • Workshops and Speakers
  • Anything else you can probably come up with!

Standard Maker Setup
The day of the Faire, you will get an 8′ x 8′ space. Each space will have one 6’ table and 1 chair. There will be electricity if needed, based upon information supplied on your application. You will need to bring everything else that you need. If you need additional space, please let us know on the application form. You’ll want to be able to display your work and/or show how you make something.

Application Form
Head to and fill it out to the best of your ability to tell us about yourself and your project
For any questions or comments about being a maker, please send us an email at

Other Ways to Participate
: We are happy to have individuals, organizations, foundations and companies sponsor us.  We have four different levels to suit different needs. We are also happy to customize sponsorship opportunities to fit specific needs.  Check out the attached Sponsorship Opportunities document or contact Mark Mathias at or 203-226-1791.

Volunteers: This Faire wouldn’t exist without volunteers. We are 100% homegrown and community organized! If you’d like to join the team or know someone who would like to volunteer that day, please go to our website. Soon there will be a link to a volunteer form.

Balam Soto and His Daughter Win Recognition at New York City World Maker Faire-2012

Balam Soto and his 13 year old daughter, Jade Soto, presented Westport’s Mini Maker Faire in April this year. They made quite a team at the World Maker Faire held in New York City at the NY Hall of Science Museum this past weekend. They were awarded two Editor’s Choice ribbons for their performance of “The Body Sound Suit”, an original piece that combines Balam’s technological innovations with Jade’s dance performance.

Balam, a visual artist who develops artistic, interactive technologies, developed “The Body Sound Suit” to allow performers to generate their own music and visual projections through their movement. Jade, who studies ballet and modern at the Connecticut Concert Ballet in Manchester, began working with Balam on the suit about three years ago. “When I dance in the Suit, I am in complete control over my environment which is both challenging and fun as a dancer. I dedicate a lot of my time to dancing every week and being awarded not just one Editor’s Choice, but two, is really exciting!”

“I love having the chance to work with my daughter. She’s such a talented artist and choreographed the piece we performed this weekend on her own. Since we began working together on this, she has given me a lot of important feedback, which has allowed me to improve the suit. Our next step is to expand the performance to include an electronic instrument that I developed. This will get me on stage performing with her,” said Balam.

The development of this suit was supported by the City of Hartford’s Artist Grant, which Balam won in 2010. He recently won another grant from the city, the Hartford Business Grant for Innovative Entrepreneurs. This grant is supporting the development of Balam’s innovative technologies into do-it-yourself electronics kits that teach people about electronics through fun projects. These new kits were also unveiled at the Maker Faire event over the weekend.

“The city of Hartford has been very supportive of my artistic and technological works and that support has made it possible for me to succeed as an artist and a developer,” commented Balam.

Balam Soto is the co-owner of Open Wire Lab, a company dedicated to the development and sale of creative, innovative technologies. For more information, visit