Meet our key sponsor! George Brown Research & Innovation

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 9.28.30 PMHuge supporters from the dawn days of the Faire, George Brown College, Research & Innovation came back on board as a key sponsor in 2014.

Robert Luke, VP of Research & Innovation, George Brown College told us that events like Toronto Maker Faire unlock Toronto’s creative side and potentially turn around the country’s economy. “in a world where manufacturing is increasingly off-shored, we have come to see that this puts our own capability as a country to thrive at risk. We need to embrace and excel in a know-how economy if we are to stay relevant,” Luke told NOW Magazine.

“At the Faire, participants are able to acquire new skills like soldering and robotics through hands-on engagement and experiential learning. These interdisciplinary skills and knowledge are part of the innovation toolkit, and are vital to Canadian industry. That’s why we teach them at George Brown College, and why we’re very happy to once again support the Toronto Mini Maker Faire, “ says Luke.

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 9.24.04 PMCan we say this again, we’re thrilled to have the support from sponsors who care about the maker community, and whose actual job is to help people make things, learn new skills, and build relationships in the industry. Don’t know about you, but when we look at this list of projects the students get to partake in, we feel this urge to just go back to school. Take a look!

From fashion to health, to engineering to urban design, so many cool projects. We will just leave this here:

  1. Solar Oven for Recycling Clinical Wax anyone?
  2. Mini Circuit Board, and we mean it. Mini as in “fits on the head of a pen”
  3. Wheelchair hockey stick prototype.
  4. The Autonomous Walking Robot, a clone of the athlete bot, an enhanced mobility robot developed by NASA.
  5. Portable Wind Powered Generator to charge small electronics.

Every day at George Brown looks like a mini Maker Faire, and so we couldn’t be happier to have that support. Because it lets us focus on making Toronto Maker Faire the best show-and-tell event on earth!