Archives for May 2013

Maker Faire: Greatest show & tell on Earth!

mousetrapThis past weekend, a few of us minnows went to our first Maker Faire. The tag line of the faire is “The Greatest Show & Tell on Earth,” which seemed perfect. The event was held at the San Mateo fairgrounds and seemed to have every sort of activity we could possibly have imagined. There were fantastic speakers like Adam Savage from Mythbusters and the Mentos and Diet Coke guys, a life-size Rube Goldberg mouse trap device, model battle ships, and so many workshops that it seems you could have spent an entire week learning, if not more.

circuitThe longest line we saw was for the workshop “Learn to Solder.” As a participant, we received a robot pin and some soldering supplies. Soldering the robot (thus completing its circuit) made its little robot eyes light up. Other workshops we thought were cool involved making kimchi, sauerkraut, noodles (we like food), learning to sew, planting, and making speakers.

skeletonThe most impressive technology we saw at the faire was the 3-D printer and the Arduino Board (which you can learn all about at Workshop Weekend on June 22nd & 23rd!). Some of the things people created with these tools were simply amazing! For example, there was a 3-D human heart with LED lights that simulated how the blood pumps through the heart’s chambers. And a middle school group made a human-sized game based off the popular iPhone and iPad app, Flow.

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Haley wearing her robot pin. Sweet!

The most important thing we got out of this event was the inspiration to create something new, just for the fun of it. The event really rekindled our love of learning. We like making the things we make every day (like websites), but we are also excited to make new things and continue to explore. Next stop, Workshop Weekend!

Minnows at MAX

Kristin SpeakingFrom Monday May 6th through Wednesday May 8th, the MIGHTYminnow team moved operations to Los Angeles and, along with 5,000 other Adobe enthusiasts, attended Adobe’s annual conference. On Monday evening, Kristin gave her talk on faster theming of dynamic, CMS based sites in Dreamweaver. If you weren’t able to make it to the conference, the sessions were recorded and will be posted in the next few days. We attended as many sessions as we could, got caught up on all the new features Adobe will be implementing in their new Creative Cloud service, met so many new and awesome people, and had a ton of fun!

bashOn Tuesday, we got to see what was in the works at Adobe. They are coming up with some cool stuff, including some hardware, perspective warp, and some really cool ways to make debugging websites faster. Rainn Wilson hosted the Sneak Peaks along with Mary Lynn Rajskub. Erik Estrada from CHiPs even made an appearance! After the Sneaks was the MAX Bash. We had a ton of fun rocking out to The Black Keys, eating delicious fair food, and watching circus clowns and acrobats.

pigWednesday morning brought out pranks from Tuesday night, including a new friend Kristin made at the party. Apparently this flying pig needed a place to crash for the night. Wednesday was also jam packed full of sessions and saying goodbye to newly made friends. After the conference, we rushed to the airport to catch our flight back home, although it was delayed about three hours.

chalkboardThis conference was a great opportunity to learn from community leaders and network with professionals around the world. Hopefully we were able to leave our mark too.

MIGHTYminnow Represented in Louisville, KY

Mickey goes to Lousiville

MIGHTYminnow was proud to sponsor the Golden State Road Warriors.

In Mid-April, MIGHTYminnow’s very own Mickey traveled to Louisville, KY to compete with his team – the Golden State Road Warriors – at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. After four full days of on-court action, the Road Warriors finished fifth out of 16 teams – go team! MIGHTYminnow is a proud sponsor of the Road Warriors, and we’ll be helping them with a website makeover in the near future. Stay tuned…