The Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014 Event Program is be printed as we write, and available here online for you right now, to download! (Many thanks to MityMo for stylistic support and to DEX Imaging for printing services!)
Check out our great line up of Makers, and our list of pre-scheduled workshops and demos. Many more demos will be posted on-site Saturday and Sunday, by Makers running presentations at their booths.
Saturday we’re celebrating International Tabletop Day all day, in our Gaming Corner. There will be a National Robotics League competition – Battle at MakerCon – underway throughout the day, as well, in the Robotics area, thanks to USF-RIG, with 15 lb. and under fighting robots duking it out. Sunday look for some smashing fun with bigger robots and the demise of old electronics.
The weather’s looking fine, and there will be something for everyone to enjoy all weekend long!
Discount tickets good for the full weekend are available through Friday evening online at Eventbrite.
Tickets at the gate on Saturday and Sunday are $15 for adults, for the day, and $8 for kids 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are free. Fairgrounds parking is $6.
Robots are a big part of any maker event, and Gulf Coast MakerCon is no exception. We’ll have a variety of robots on hand – bouncing balls, flinging frisbees, butlering and battling to the (near) death, a grand kick off for National Robotics Week, and just plain old fun for our 3rd Annual Celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit!
The USF Robotics Interest Group is hosting B.A.M. – Battle at MakerCon – at GCMC. The USF- Robotics Interest Group (RIG) focuses on sharing knowledge about designing and building robotic devices, promoting robotics at USF, and representing USF in robotics competitions. One of our major focuses is on combat robotics. Popularized by the TV show Battlebots, combat robotics involves a competition where two robots enter an enclosed arena, and fight for a set period of time or until one of the robots has been disabled. Through designing and working on these robots, students learn the principles of design, manufacturing, and programming. RIG will be hosting NRL (National Robotics League) 15 lb and under class fighting robotics competitions at Gulf Coast MakerCon, similar to the video.
The Fun with Bots group will feature a variety of LEGO Mindstorms projects courtesy of the youth Lutz Robotics Club, who is also building a LEGO CNC lathe (who knew right?!) that they’ll be demonstrating.
And we’ll have a veritable army of FIRST robots, including FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams , with student built robots guests can learn about and drive, like the robots
you’ll see in the video below from LI4E’s ROBOCON Tampa Bay event back in October.
So if you like robots, Gulf Coast Maker Con’s the place to be April 5th & 6th!
Advanced, discounted tickets are on sale now!
Our Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014 line up is taking shape and it’s a beautiful synchronicity of creativity!
We’re delighted to welcome
You can find our full – and growing! – list of Makers on our Makers page , and check out our great Event Partners, too!
Early bird tickets are on sale through February 28th !