Upcoming Events for the Curious Creator

In anticipation of the Toronto Mini Maker Faire this fall, why not hit up a few events to learn a thing or two, so you can get started on a project worthy of a public show and tell. It’s no secret that Toronto and surrounding area has a lot to offer when it comes to events that appeal to makers of all kinds. From code to creations, this city serves as an informal school for the curious.

We’ve pulled together a list of events happening over the next few weeks which peaked our interests:

Intro to Flame Effects – June 2
While we don’t know the intricacies of this event, the title does a pretty good job of summing up what this workshop is all about. It’s one of many being hosted by Site3 this month that’s worth checking out – take a look at their calendar.

3D Printing for Total Beginners – Tuesday, June 4
If you haven’t had the chance to get hands-on with 3D printing, this hands-on workshop will give you the chance to do just that. You’ll also learn everything you need to know to get started designing your own 3D printable items.

FITC Spotlight: Hardware – Saturday, June 8
At its next event, FITC is putting the focus on all the goodies that makers dream of: Google Glass, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Leap Motion, 3D printing, drones, depth cameras and more! Featuring 10 creative technologists, this one day event covers emerging technology which is impacting the tech world. Register and save 10% with code MMFTO.


The Next Big Thing: Data with Nora Young – Monday, June 10
The brilliant Nora Young, acclaimed journalist and host of CBC Radio One’s Spark, will be talking about big data at the next Girl Geeks Toronto at CSI on June 10th. Join fellow geeks – boys and girls – for an evening of insights, great conversation, food and wine.


Waterloo Mini Maker Faire – June 15
Like all Maker Faires, this event will be one of the greatest show and tells on earth! The event is being held at Kitchener City Hall and admissions is free. You can expect RobotGrrl’s Robot Creatures, Clearpath Robotics Inc., Engineering Models and more!


Thursday, June 13 – The Ultimate Intro to Arduino Workshop Series
If you’ve been thinking about getting hands-on with Arduino, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre’s 3-part workshop might be the perfect introduction. They’ll be covering off the basics from connecting input sensors and outputs to using serial data to communicate between the Arduino and a computer.

Tuesday, June 18 – Intro to Raspberry Pi!
More than just a microcontroller, the Raspberry Pi is a powerful, but small computer that has a ton of both practical and fun applications. Get familiar with it at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre’s 3-part workshop where you’ll be welcomed to the command line, networking, and Linux, Python and the Raspberry Pi I/O, and advanced networking applications.

Are there other events that the maker community in Toronto should know about? Share them in the comments below and don’t forget to mention why creators should attend!