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Thank you to the Unsung Heroes of Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014!

3 Apr

GCMC logo There are a lot of amazing people who make an event like Gulf Coast MakerCon not only possible, but fun and rewarding to create. We want to take a moment here, before we head into the Maker Maelstrom this weekend, to thank some of them, starting with our friends at Studio 7 Communications,  who created our fantastic Maker Skull and Cross-Tools logo!

Studio 7, which typically likes to keep a low profile despite all the fantastic good they do, Studio-7-1024x212is also a big supporter of FIRST Tech Challenge Team Duct Tape, and helped craft their awesome logo, too.   We’re very grateful to Studio 7 Communications for the gift of their talent and expertise.

We also want to thank Maker of All Trades Chuck Stephens, for the gifts of his amazing

2012 Maker Fair poster, by Chuck Stephens

2012 Maker Fair poster, by Chuck Stephens

artwork.  Chuck, a local artist and a volunteer with sponsor Learning is for Everyone,  created our first Maker Faire poster in 2012, still one of our favorite pieces.

Future is brightHis custom designs for this year’s Gulf Coast MakerCon event are equally fantastic, capturing the playful and somewhat rebellious spirit of our next generation DIY Celebration of the Inventive Spirit.

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TBICWe also want to thank Wayne Rasanen of the Tampa Bay Inventors Council, for his energetic networking and nudging to help populate our Inventors Showcase with the amazing people who are joining us this weekend.

Many thanks, too, to Dominick Transcritti of  Suncoast Skirmishers, who has been coordinating our Tabletop Day event, which has  generated some of our most enthusiastic traffic and suncoast skirmishersinterest, with a lot of people looking forward to a day of tabletop game play on Saturday, and more opportunities to play on Sunday.

Sam McAmis, of the University of South Florida Robotics Interest Group (USF-RIG) has been busy organizing B.A.M. (Battles at MakerCon) just for Gulf Coast MakerCon. BAM With 30 students from area high schools competing with 15 lb. class fighting robots, MakerCon guests will be treated to high energy battlebots competition all day Saturday.  And on Sunday, look for some creative destruction of old electronics with larger robots.  It’s been no small task organizing the competition and exhibitions, especially while trying to get through Engineering studies, so Sam has our deepest appreciation for his creative multitasking in the service of Gulf Coast MakerCon and celebratory robotics!

fairgroundsAnd  we can’t end our Makers Hymn of Praise and Thanks without a great big shout out to the Florida State Fairgrounds Authority!

Your Gulf Coast MakerCon organizers have put together a lot of different events in Tampa Bay – TEDxYouth, ROBOCON Tampa Bay, previous Maker festivals – and we’ve never encountered such amazingly warm, patient, collaborative, cooperative, and helpful venue representatives.  The Florida Fairgrounds staff has gone out of their way to make event planning smooth, helped us through logistical bumps, and generally exuded Florida Sunshine and hospitality with abundant generosity.

So if you happen to see anyone from the Fairgrounds at Gulf Coast MakerCon this weekend, or a quiet lady with FTC Team Duct Tape at the FIRST exhibit area, or a fellow with a cap and coveralls and some funky electronic musical devices, or a pleasant looking gentleman with glasses at the Tabletop game tables, or a somewhat wild haired guy officiating over the battle bots, stop and tell them thanks!

They’re some of the signature Makers of Gulf Coast MakerCon, and at the heart of everything that makes our Maker Community so excellent!

Meet the Game Makers: Suncoast Skirmishers

27 Mar

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One fun new element of this year’s Celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit is the incorporation of International Tabletop Day into our event, made possible thanks to Suncoast Skirmishers.  We spoke with Dominick Trascritti, who heads up the RPG Gaming portion of the group, who told us a bit about the group and what it brings to Gulf Coast MakerCon 2014.

“Suncoast Skirmishers is a group that is associated with Historical Minature Gaming,” explained Dominick. ” It is really a loose group made from members who specialize in role playing, historical miniature players, fantasy/science fiction gamers, and board gamers. Most members are also members of the Pathfinder Society of Florida who play Paizo’s Pathfinder Living game, Historical Miniature Gaming Society South, Story gamers,thumbs_tabletopday2014_600x500 and smaller groups.

“In its essence all tabletop gaming is about imagination, and socialization. Players share something to explore, if it’s a fantasy world, a “what if” question from history, or even exploring game theory. Players play in the same room, and socialize before and after a game.

“Professional gamers are employed not only by militaries around the world, but “serious games” also allow business to help managers gain confidence, and urban planners practice for disasters or operations.

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“There are many skills that come from gaming in this manner. First are simple math skills, pattern recognition, strategy, and statistical theory. Softer skills such as persuasion, speaking, and confidence are also exercised.

“In role playing games teamwork, attention to detail, planning, and flexibility under pressure are exercised.
Many players also like to know the actual history then try new twists on the story, for example, “What would have happened if Cornwallis at Yorktown was able to break out and continue to fight the Revolutionary war?”

“In many parts of the hobby, the miniatures and tables must be designed, fabricated, painted, and repaired. All these are skills that are learned or taught.

“For Gulf Coast maker Conference, we hope to bring this hobby to light to others, show the players how games are played, and provide chances to play full scale events.”

International Tabletop Day @ Gulf Coast MakerCon, April 5th!

22 Jan

suncoast skirmishersLove tabletop games like cards, board games, dice games, tabletop RPGs?  So do we! That’s why we were delighted to learn that International TableTop Day is the first day of our thumbs_tabletopday2014_600x500 Gulf Coast MakerCon event this year!  So, in collaboration with Suncoast Skirmishers,  we decided to incorporate a Tabletop Day event into our Maker festival.

Inspired by the Wil Wheaton (yes, THAT Wil Wheaton) hosted YouTube gaming show TableTop  on the Geek & Sundry entertainment network, Tabletop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming.  “A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun. “

We think it’s a perfect complement to our weekend celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit! So if you love to play tabletop games, or love to make them, join in with us Saturday, April 5th, in our Tabletop Day corner, in our Gaming section at Gulf Coast MakerCon! Bring your own games or play some of ours! Suncoast Skirmishers will have some great games set up for you to learn about and enjoy.

Early Bird registration runs through Feb. 28th and is just $30 for a Family/Friend 4 pack  of tickets, or $15 per person, for both days.

Individual advanced tickets for children ages 5-12 are just $8 for both days. Children under age 5 are free!

Ticket costs at the gate, the day of the event, will be $15/day adults (13+); $8/day for kids ages 5-12.  So get your Early Bird tickets soon. We’ll  Make Your Day!

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Up & Coming Events

9 Jul

Our calendar is starting to fill up with some great local events.  Here’s just a few:

  • August 3, Dunedin: Suncoast Skirmishers: Games of August V.  8 AM to 5:30 PM at St. Catherine’s Church 502 Druid Hill Road, Temple Terrace, Fl. 33617. Games include Historical, Fantasy and Science Fiction miniatures, Pathfinder RPG and Board Games. 2 Sessions include 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:30.
  • Sept. 28 – Tampa: BarCamp Tampa Bay
  • Oct. 5 – Orlando Mini Maker Faire!

Visit the calendar page for links for more details on each.

Do you have activities, classes or events you’d like to let people know about?  Tell us about it in our online calendar submission form, and we’ll get your program on the calendar!

Happy Making!

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