How It Happens: Toronto Mini Maker Faire
One of the biggest challenges for any event is getting the support to make it all possible. Toronto Mini Maker Faire seems to be different—it’s as if world really wants to make it happen. We’re grateful and a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of people and organizations who have stepped up to the plate. What is that number? We reckon it’s around 750 people who are contributing substantial time or money.
First on the list is the Toronto Public Library and all the wonderful folk there who have been working like crazy to be amazingly accommodating and creative hosts for this year’s Faire. We would never have been able to put on an event of this scale—more than double last year—without this amazing partnership.
Our major sponsors provide the financial support that powers the Faire. They have been incredibly generous in (literally) buying into our vision for growing Toronto’s maker community. Our thanks go to SAP, George Brown College, Epilog Laser, Bridgeable, City of Toronto, TinEye, ReDeTec, Structur3D and Syscomp.
For a grass-roots event like the Maker Faire, the support we receive from community sponsors, individual donors, in-kind sponsors, and other supporters is absolutely critical—it’s one way that we know we’re doing something that the community values. The list here is amazing and long:
Hand Eye Society
Kids Learning Code
Scott Murphy, Five by Five Photography
Station Cold Brew
The Globe and Mail
The Makers Nation
The Playful Geometer
The Thing from the Future
The Theatre Centre
Toronto Design Offsite Festival
Toronto Seed Library
160+ VIP supporters and other donors
Finally, we’d like to thank all our amazing makers who are, of course, at the centre of it all.
Our sincerest thanks to every one of you.