Happy Thanksgiving, from Gulf Coast Makers!

Make it Awesome! Happy Thanksgiving from your Friends at Gulf Coast Makers!
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Gulf Coast MakerCon 2017 Set for April 8th!

makercon17-savethedate-v2It’s never too early to start planning for Tampa Bay’s oldest and biggest maker party! Gulf Coast MakerCon 2017 will be our 6th annual maker festival, and is set for April 8th at the Florida State Fairgrounds Special Events Center!

New for 2017: Drone Races by Cigar City Multirotors! Plus our ever popular Southeast Combat Robotics Championship, and annual Electrathon Car Races and expanded Inventors and Entrepreneurs Showcase, Makers Market, Gaming Expo, Garden Tech and Sustainability, Rocketry and much more!

You can sign up now to be first in line for early registration discounts and information, and you can also show your support for our area’s biggest celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit by being a 2017 Gulf Coast MakerCon Sponsor!  

Stay tuned here, on Facebook and Twitter and join up at our MeetUp page for all things Gulf Coast Makers related!   And see you at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2017!

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Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016 in Review

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Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016, wrapped up Saturday, April 9, as our biggest and most successful event yet. The whole idea of the event is to create an opportunity to network and share skills, crafts, ideas, and innovations born and raised in our Florida Gulf Coast communities, and that’s exactly what we did.

As an independent and growing community Maker festival, Gulf Coast MakerCon is a DIY experience start to finish,  a Maker Party hosted by the makers, a tinkerers potluck, a crazy quilt of fun, wonder and innovation that keeps alive the American spirit of curiosity driven ingenuity, playfulness, and exploration.

Our exhibitors showcased the  inventive can-do spirit that characterizes the best of free-spirited 21st century innovation – unique uses of materials, and design processes, local inventors, unusual crafts and different applications of traditional skills and trades.  It was the ultimate Makers Variety Show! Continue reading

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Meet the Future Makers: SeedRegion1

KyleWe’ve got several great networking and resource organizations joining us this year, all evidence of the growing community of Makers spanning both sides of our Bays, from Tampa to Sarasota.  SeedRegion1 is one of them.

Kyle Nurminen, founder of SeedRegion1, is Account Manager for Crowther Roofing and Sheet Metal, a community oriented company based in Sarasota.  He became aware of the Maker community through his involvement in BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton.

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Meet the Maker: Brian Bombei, of Coaster Modeling Enthusiasts of FL

12108086_1007833282596090_947023373343035506_nBrian Bombei, the founder of Coaster Modeling Enthusiasts of Florida, makes something big – really big: roller coaster models out of K’Nex!  He told us a bit more about what he does and why he does it.

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Meet the Garden Maker: Loretta Buckner, of We Grow From Here

Loretta BucknerWe’re Making things indoors and out, this year, and planting the seeds of sustainability this year, with Loretta Buckner, owner and master gardener of We Grow from Here.

We Grow From Here was founded as a non-profit in 2010 to create community gardens, and has since blossomed into a full-time occupation for Loretta Buckner. She now runs two community garden projects, and with Real World Permaculture designs and installs permaculture ‘foodscapes’, sharing her knowledge with the community large and small in classes, workshops, and seminars.

We asked Loretta to tell us more about her organization and what she’ll be sharing with us at Gulf Coast MakerCon.

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