Share Music Making at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2017!

music-makers-invitation This year we’re also expanding our Music Makers section. If you’re a musician who writes your own music, or makes your own instruments, electronic or acoustic, we’d love to have you join us!


Home made cajon

Just sign up at for a booth to sell (use discount code AT033117 through March 24 to save 20% on vendor rate) or demo (free!) , or perform – also free!

Check out the great video below of a hand made cajon box drum, by long time Gulf Coast Maker, Chuck Stephens, now a Library Maker at the Foundry at Land O’Lakes Branch Library in Pasco County.

And come share what you make at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2017 April 8th at the Florida State Fairgrounds!


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Registration Now Open for 2017 Battles at Makercon

Southeast Combot Robotics

Southeast Combat Robotics

Gulf Coast MakerCon is a recognized National Robotics Week event. A major part of our GCMC Robotics Extravaganza, which includes FIRST Youth robotics and commercial and hobby robotics exhibits, is the Southeast Combat RoboticsBattles at Makercon“.

Combat Robots, or ‘Combots’, range in size from 150g (smaller than a cell phone) all the way up to 220lb. And while some are exquisitely designed pieces of engineering, others are built from scrap metal and parts of old wheelchairs and power-tools.  At robot battlesour 2017 event, we’ll have four weight classes: 150g, 1lb, 3lb, 15lb . And don’t be fooled by the small scale – these are tiny lethal weapons!

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Meet the Maker: Wayne Rasanen, Inventor of DecaTxt

In our cwayne-and-decatxtcontinuing look at 2017 Gulf Coast MakerCon makers, we invite you to meet Wayne Rasanen, inventor of the DecaTxt one handed keyboard, and president of the Tampa Bay Inventors Council.

My name is Wayne and I discovered a new way to help humanize technology. It starts by applying all standard keyboard keystrokes directly onto ten fingertips and using that design in a wide variety of creative ways. The alphabet is a single press for the first ten letters, a thumb shift for the next eight and the other thumb shift for the last eight. After years in development, the first commercial device using this technology is now available on Amazon called DecaTxt.

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