Join Us Saturday for the Hamilton Maker Faire AGM – Help Plan 2016!

Hello everyone
We’re sending this invitation out to all of you that helped make the first annual Hamilton Maker Faire such a huge success.   We had an amazing event in June, and it’s time to start planning the next one.    We’ll be hosting our first Annual General Meeting this Saturday, October 24, at the Staircase Ellen Mae Theatre (25 Dundurn St N, just S of the main Staircase building).   Join us from noon to 2pm to recap the results of our year, and to meet the new executive for 2016.   Light snacks and top-notch mingling will be provided 🙂
Are you, or is anyone you know interested in getting more involved?  Hammer City Makers is looking for nominations for our 2016 executive committee.  We would really love you to join us, as not all outgoing directors will be returning.  New directors will be elected by the existing members, so if you’re interested, please get in touch so we can arrange to meet you!  Not interested in being a director?  We still need help on our larger planning committee.   Come to the AGM and meet our existing members to talk about how you can help make the 2016 Hamilton Maker Faire as good or better than this year’s!
There is no charge to attend, but please RSVP to so we know how many to expect.
See you soon!

Hamilton Maker Faire Site Map Released

Lots to see and do on Sunday!   We have indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.  The event will run rain or shine, so dress appropriately (although we’ll mostly keep indoors if there’s thunder).  Printable version here: Maker Faire 2015 Map FINAL pdf

Maker Faire 2015 Map FINAL

How are you getting to the Faire?

Hamilton’s first Maker Faire is only a couple of days away! How are you getting to the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology? Please note: sections of Barton Ave. will be closed between 12 and 1pm for the Pan Am Torch Run.

By SoBi / Bike: Yes you can ride your SoBi or bike to the museum – even though the Museum is usually outside of SoBi’s service area, they will be designating the Museum as a temporary hub for the day of the Faire. The turn from Barton onto Woodward has an advance left turn and Woodward Ave. has a bike lane.

By Bus: both the #4 Bayfront and #11 Parkdale will bring you to the museum, Bayfront stops at the museum, Parkdale stops at the corner of Woodward Ave. and Glow Ave.

By Car: there is parking at the museum 900 Woodward Ave but it might fill up fast, overflow parking is at 700 Woodward Ave – a short walk down the road (there is a sidewalk).

We can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Our Speaker Schedule is Posted!

In addition to the Maker Exhibits, interactive workshops, and outdoor events that will take place on Sunday, we’re lucky to have 10 of Hamilton’s most creative, and connected people join us on the Wood Shed Stage to talk about their craft, and share some insight into the future of Maker Culture in the region. We’re pleased to release our tentative talk schedule below.   The event is free, and there will be seating and overflow standing room, so don’t miss out (and don’t forget to register on our webiste!)

11:30am – 12:00pm | Julie Ponesse and Mike Barneveld, Owners, Designers, Square Peg Designs:
Turning your Make into a Business

12:00pm – 12:30pm | Martinus Geleynse, Creative Director, Urbanicity Omnimedia:
The Making of a Magazine

12:30pm – 1:00pm | Robert Gerrtisen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Mohawk College:
3D Printing and the Future of Manufacturing

1:00pm – 1:30pm | Silvie Varone, Owner, Silvie Varone Studios:
Design and Build: Prop-making and Furniture Design

1:30pm – 2:00pm | Jeremy Freiburger, coBalt Connects

2:00pm – 2:30pm | Jennifer Turliuk, Maker Kids:
How Making with Kids can Transform Hamilton

2:30pm – 3:00pm | Kevin Browne, Computer Science and IT Teacher, Mohawk College:
Technology for Education

3:00pm – 3:30pm | David Hoekstra, Freelance Props Master and Builder:
Ray Gun Demonstration

3:30pm – 4:00pm | Steve Mazza, Artist:
Making Art with Robots

4:00pm – 4:30pm | Lita Barrie, Director, Digital Techonlogy & Youth Services, Hamilton Public Library:
Making @ the Hamilton Public Library

4:30pm – 5:00pm | Exhibitor Awards and Speaker Thank You’s

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Over twenty exciting maker exhibits confirmed for the Hamilton Maker Faire

Twenty of Hamilton’s most creative, educational and surprising “Makers” will join the Hamilton Maker Faire next Sunday, June 21.

hamilton maker faire

Maker Faires, called “The greatest show and tell on earth” are festivals of arts, craft, and invention.   Although they have been held in major cities all around the world, this is the first year Hamilton has hosted its own Maker Faire.   The free event includes a variety of exhibitors and family-friendly activities that showcase our city’s exciting mix of industrial heritage, emerging arts scene, and tech-savvy future.

The Charcade at Burning Man 2013

The Charcade at Burning Man 2013

Site3 Fire Arts’ giant interactive fire-shooting contraptions have appeared at Burning Man and other events all over North America. For the Hamilton Maker Faire, they will bring their fire-breathing oracle “Francis the Fantastic!” to tell the fortunes of visitors of the Museum of Steam & Technology.

FRC fieldAlso on the grounds of the Museum, teams will face off in a continuous match of robot soccer played on a basketball-court sized field outside. These 150 lb machines, built by high school students, are sure to offer high speed thrills and spills.

BEST1x800Families visiting the Faire can participate in a boat building workshop, led by the Hamilton Confederation of Marine Modellers, and test their creations on an outdoor pool.   Nearby, an art workshop will let parents and kids explore their creative drive by covering a car with chalk drawings.  And kids can ride a model railway!

kit-trans Below the huge arched windows of the gorgeous 1913 Pumphouse, display booths will exhibit some of the most exciting maker projects in Hamilton.   This eclectic group includes the Hamilton Model Engineering Club, who will show their amazing working model engines, artists such as Lab Monkey Number 9, who specialize in home-made and hand-painted art toy sculptures,   Stereo Cowboy, who will play 3D movies in their desktop stereoscope, and Roger Wood, who will display his whimsical, one-of-a-kind mechanical clocks. Other exhibitors will show off technical marvels like Roboteur’s Print-A-Bot toy kits, Redtree’s Hydra controllers for electronic projects, and Creative Clockworkery’s laser cut arcade cabinets.


10616260_1542577169287589_7384392875507052081_nHamilton’s growing stable of “Maker Spaces” will also be represented. These organizations offer access to shared tools, a place to build, and a community to share knowledge and inspiration with. They range from the membership-supported clubs like Kwartzlab from Kitchener and local group Think|Haus, to educational institutions like the newly formed Maker Spaces in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, and the Hamilton Public Library.

Onhoekstra raygun the Wood Shed Stage, special guests will present short seminars on a variety of topics related to Hamilton and Maker Culture.   Julie Ponesse and Mike Barneveld from Square Peg Designs will talk about the process they use to create beautiful reclaimed furnishings.   David Hoekstra will talk about his career as a master props builder, and ray gun creator. Finally, special guest Robert Gerritsen will share details about Mohawk College’s exciting new Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) resource centre.

Food trucks, water stations, picnic areas, and washroom facilities will be provided so visitors can stay all day.

The event will take place at the Museum of Steam & Technology on Sunday June 21, from 11 am to 5pm.  Admission is free, but skip the lines by pre-registering on our website  All are welcome.  See you next weekend!


Meet Julie Ponesse and Mike Barneveld from Square Peg Designs

Julie and Mike will be joining us on the Woodshed Stage in just two weeks!

Slate-CheeseboardLive-Edge-Round-Walnut-Side-TableSquare Peg Designs is a small, Niagara-based company which creates one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories with an “industrial chic” feel using vintage and reclaimed materials.  Two high-school friends who decided to return to their artistic roots after over a decade of working in other fields, they see dormant beauty in items that might otherwise be destined for the landfill.  They love to reuse old things in new ways, transforming them into useful and beautiful objects that are brimming with character. Everything – from old floor boards and panes of glass to mason jars and even old, used nails – has a story; they think that giving these objects a new life helps to extend that story beyond the object’s original purpose. Everything they make is hand crafted using select pieces of reclaimed wood, metal, and glass married with other vintage items and modern materials.

julie Mike

Meet Think|Haus, Hamilton’s first makerspace


Makerspaces form an important part of maker culture. They give many people access to a variety of tools, space to work on projects and, most importantly, a crowd of people to share knowledge and ideas with.

think|haus has been filling this role for Hamilton since 2009. Its tools include a laser cutter, an array of soldering irons, and a CNC mill, while its membership includes programmers, artists, engineers, and even a lawyer. Today, Hamilton’s maker scene has grown beyond just one space, but think|haus is still a great part of it. Of course they’ll be at the Hamilton Mini Maker Faire, but if you can’t wait that long, they’re open to the public every Tuesday evening.

FWOOMP! Meet Site3 Fire Arts

Site3 Fire Arts' Charcade at Burning Man 2013

Site3 Fire Arts’ Charcade at Burning Man 2013

Site3 Fire Arts is an enthusiastic collective of designers, programmers, fabricators, artists, and makers. Their giant interactive fire-shooting contraptions have appeared at Burning Man and other events all over North America. Past projects include Super Street Fire, a live-action fiery reimagining of the arcade game Street Fighter, and Riskee Ball, a bank of ten oversized skee ball machines that respond to good aim with a blast of fire. After a winter spent planning, presenting workshops, and building, they’re now ready to bring several Burning Man-bound projects out for their first public appearance. We’re pleased to be able to help them show off their fire projects. See the future with Francis the Fantastic! Test your strength on Hell Blazer and be rewarded with a blast of flame! Come out to the Faire and play with fire.

Meet Kevin Browne

Kevin Browne

Another Mohawk professor will be joining us to speak at the Faire. Kevin Browne teaches in the Computer Science &
Information Technology programs while simultaneously completing his PhD in computer science at McMaster University. Outside of those, he founded Software Hamilton, where he reports on and organizes events for Hamilton’s tech and startup communities. He is passionate about education technology and its potential to improve educational, social and economic outcomes for individuals and society.

To that end, Kevin will be talking about an iPad application built to improve literacy skills for adult learners and the results of a study using the application.  He’ll cover what led him to build this application, and why we need to start making more inclusive educational technology.

Meet Robert Gerritsen!

Robert J Gerritsen is a Certified Engineering Technologist with a diploma from Mohawk College in Mechanical Engineering Design and an MBA from California Coast University.  Currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Mohawk College, Robert has spent 26 years working in industry primarily in the areas of machine design, automation and product design & development.

Robert is an expert in the tools and techniques required to create and deliver innovative designs, products and solutions using virtual & rapid prototyping. Robert will share details about Mohawk’s exciting new Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC) on our Woodshed Stage, June 21 at the Steam Museum.  Save the date!