Innovation Stage

The Innovation Stage showcases Makers and projects making an impact in the community. The Innovation Stage will be located in Zone 1 in the North Parking Lot and will feature 20-30 minute presentations followed by Q&A.

 

The 2018 stage schedule will be published closer to the event date. See who presented at this year’s faire below!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

11:00AM | Science Circus, with Rhys Thomas

This popular OMSI Outreach program teaches basic Newtonian Physics using circus tricks.

 

12:00PM | Making Maker Minds: How Play, Tinkering, and Sharing Improve Learning, with Josh Bancroft, Developer Education Strategist at Intel

Whether you believe makers are made or born, there are ways we can shape our minds to become more effective makers. From a growth mindset, to the theory of constructionism (creating learning together), this talk hopes to inspire you to find ways to make your mind (and the minds around you) more “maker-like”.

 

1:00PM | #RobotGirls: An Inspiration to Girls (and Boys) Everywhere!, with Noa and Simone Schachter

At the 2015 Maker Faire Bay Area, two young girls (then 4 & 7) discovered the world of robots. At the 2016 Maker Faire, #RobotGirls were invited to present their robot journey to a standing-room only audience. In 2017, they have come to Portland to share their adventures with BIG robots, 3D printing, drones, rockets, circuits, and more!

 

2:00PM | LAIKA’s Animated Films: A Handmade Journey from Coraline to Kubo and the Two Strings, with Mark Shapiro, Head of Marketing and Brand at LAIKA

For twelve years, LAIKA, the Hillsboro-based animation studio has made its films from scratch.  In a world of uniquely talented makers, puppets, props and sets are created onsite and precisely animated by hand.  See how it all comes together, one frame at a time.

 

3:00PM | Smart Bandage, with Anushka Naiknaware, 8th Grade Student and 2016 Google Science Fair Award Recipient

Learn about a carbon-based bio-compatible sensor for wound management that was designed and created by a 13-year-old middle school student from Oregon. Anushuka is an OMSI kid and won the 2016 Google Science Fair with the smart bandage.

 

4:00PM | Theatrical Puppets with Northwest Children’s Theater with John Ellingson, Associate Artistic Director and The Starlings

Come learn about the making of the The Starlings, NWCT’s all-bird, all-puppet, acting troupe! Puppet fabricator and designer John Ellingson will discuss the process of creating these foam and feather thespians. You’ll see some of the 25 original designs created for NWCT’s upcoming production of The Starlings Present: Amelia Earhart’s First Flight, and be treated to a special performance.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

11:00AM | #RobotGirls: An Inspiration to Girls (and Boys) Everywhere!, with Noa and Simone Schachter

At the 2015 Maker Faire Bay Area, two young girls (then 4 & 7) discovered the world of robots. At the 2016 Maker Faire, #RobotGirls were invited to present their robot journey to a standing-room only audience. In 2017, they have come to Portland to share their adventures with BIG robots, 3D printing, drones, rockets, circuits, and more!

 

12:00PM | Science Circus, with Rhys Thomas

This popular OMSI Outreach program teaches basic Newtonian Physics using circus tricks.

 

1:00PM | Learn to Program Hardware with a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero and $8 in Parts, with Eric Thompson, Founder of Low Voltage Labs

Using a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero and $8 in parts you can create a platform for learning to code hardware. This simple to build platform has inputs and outputs to the real world, including LEDs, a push button, slide switch, temperature sensor, photo sensor and piezo speaker connected to the Pi GPIO.

 

2:00PM | Makers in Marketing: How the Maker’s Mind is Changing the Landscape with Alexis Vera, IDL Worldwide’s Executive Creative Director

We live in the “age of experience”. When it comes to how people buy things, brands advertising to sell their products in store is old news. When you can find anything in the world online and have it delivered to your doorstep the next day, what’s the point? Today, brands should focus on creating experiences that people will remember. Because that’s what people care about. Stimulating, interactive moments they can share with their friends. That’s where the makers come in. We live to create these experiences in real life and change the way people participate in the modern market.

 

3:00PM | Up-Close and Personal with R2D2: Building Your Own Droid, with Mike DeBuhr, Pacific Northwest R2D2 Builders Group

The R2-D2 Builders Group is a community who exchanges information relating to building the robots of the Star Wars films, most notably R2-D2. Learn about the club’s history and the blueprints and plans they’ve been given to use. They’ll also share stories about the travels of their completed droids (one of the builders had his R2D2 used on the game show “Deal or No Deal”!)

 

4:00PM | 3DCanada: A Large Scale 3D Printed Art Piece with John Biehler, Freelance 3D Printing Consultant

Combining 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and art, John has spent the past 2 years collaborating with artist and author Douglas Coupland on an enormous art project. Travelling across Canada, the project 3D scanned thousands of Canadians who will be featured in a large scale 3D printed art piece to be unveiled at the end of 2017. John will share the processes to capture so many people, how the final art piece is being created and give people a peak behind the artist’s curtain as this one of a kind art project unfolds and heads to completion.