Microsoft Australia Technology Evangelist Lawrence Crumpton

Microsoft Australia Technology Evangelist Lawrence Crumpton will be Keynote Speaker of the 2017 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

The 2017 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire partners with Bricolage Academy, an open enrollment New Orleans charter school, to showcase New Orleans Makers of every age and background. It features drone racing, robotics, arts and crafts, 3D printers, electronics hacking, young maker projects, giant origami, bubbles, and parade contraptions, as well as presentations, workshops and performances. Highlights include:

  • Drone Racing Zone exhibitions throughout the day by SELA FPVie
  • Keynote Speaker, Microsoft Australia Technology Evangelist Lawrence Crumpton, who will talk about “Hacking Human Potential”
  • MSNBC Host and Future Engineers Founder and CEO Deanne Bell will help you take your invention to the next level
  • Washitaw Nation Big Chief David Montana will share his wisdom
  • Performance by New Orleans Steamcog Orchestra
  • “Print It Yourself” t-shirt booth

Now in its fourth year, the 2017 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire offers over 95 exhibiting makers, speakers, and presenters, almost triple its original size. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, homesteaders to business owners, scientists to garage tinkerers, artists to chefs, and musicians to students.  

Proceeds from the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will benefit Bricolage Academy, a Kindergarten-3rd school with 340 students, as it grows one grade at at time to become a K-12th grade school for 1,300 students by 2025. Bricolage and the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire are proud to support innovators who will change the world, both at home and across the globe.


At Bricolage (, our students and our staff exhibit the maker mindset. We have created a school unlike any other in the city—one focused equally on academic excellence, educational equity, student diversity and innovation.

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is an extension of our innovation classroom and our mission to create innovators. We hope that you join us in our efforts to advance educational equity, create innovators, and influence New Orleans public education by supporting the Fourth Annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire


The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is part of the larger Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.  Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. It gathers fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do, showing their work, and interacting with others. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Maker Faire began in 2006, when a group of creative, curious people in the Bay Area came together to show, learn, and celebrate making things. By 2014, a record 215,000 people attended two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York. Mini Maker Faires are independent, locally produced celebrations of local maker culture.

Maker Faire is brought to the world by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes Make: Magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores. It also provides tools and resources to help others to make a Maker Faire event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of their community.

Learn more about Maker Faire.


Please contact New Orleans Mini Maker Faire Producer Amy Marquis at with questions or for more information about media inquiries and media sponsorships.




New Orleans






  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Hacking Human Potential: Technology Evangelist Lawrence Crumpton of Microsoft Australia
  • From Maker to Entrepreneur: featuring Deanne Bell, Co-Host of CNBC’s Make Me A Millionaire Inventor and CEO of Future Engineers
  • Magic & Technology: Michael Dardent (Magic Mike Entertainment)
  • Mold Making & Prop Building Q&A: Jesse Shoemaker and Chad Besse (Darkwater FX)
  • Anatomy of a Laissez Boy: Holly Scheib and Paul Wisneskey (Marengo Makers)
  • All Things Pinball: The History and Inner Workings : Mike Perry ( &
  • The Art of Mardi Gras Indian Costume Making: Chief David Montana (Washitaw Nation)
  • Introduction to 3D Medical Printing: Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin
  • The World of Animation: Deborah Anderson
  • What if we Tried to Build a Custom Electric Motorcycle in 3 Weeks? Matt Candler
  • Intro to 3D Hubs – How to Use the 3D Printer You Don’t Have: Lyle Leblanc (3d Hubs Mayor)



  • Electrical Circuits Hands On Workshop: David Sproles
  • Unlicensed Spectrum: An Introduction to Machine Communication: Ken Gaulter
  • Introduction to Integrated Circuits & Microcontrollers: Kevin Blank
  • Making Functional Props to Fit Your Character: Ed Ripley (Master Prop Maker)
  • Forced Imagination: Michael Dardant (Magic Mike)
  • Learn to Solder: Electric Girls
  • Educators’ Playground: Fab Lab
  • K-12 Students Can Design 3D Prints…For Space! Deanne Bell (Future Engineers)
  • Introduction to Animation: Deborah Anderson


2017 Gumbo Cup: Drone racing exhibitions by SELA FPVie

Barton Gilley: R2D2 replica and various hand made puppets.

Cafe-ERGO: Handmade, patented cup.

Daniel Haun: Computer-driven microscopic photography system.

Darkwater FX: Creature make-up FX and prop design studio.

Delgado Enrollment & Admissions Services: Here to help you along the pathway to success.

Experimental Music & Digital Media (EMDM): Explore how music is changing with digital fabrication and embedded electronics.

Gaming Throne: Gaming consoles for the discriminating gamer.

Homemade Arcade: Homemade arcade sticks and computer games.

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus: DIY, homemade, homegrown, sustainable, green to the gills, and the first true OPEN SOURCE parade.

Krewe of Ingress: Swag and specialty ingress designs to support our local krewe and teammates in the field.

Love, Optimized: Experience love as a seamless consumer experience, thanks to such integrations as personal drones, smart home surveillance and neuro-dating.

Makers of N.O.: Electronics projects including audio creations and DIY instruments.

Mystic Krewe of the Silver Ball: Makerspace, social aid and pleasure club, business incubator.

NASA: Stennis Space Center,  home to America’s premier rocket engine test complex.

Night Shift Bikes: Exhibiting electric motorcycle conversion process.

NOVAC Video: Individuals will take a video snapshot of themselves in front green screen and use a background of their choice to create their own gif.

Polishedbrand: Fashion Design for the designer inclined.

QuickCure: The only “cure-on demand” clay for artists

Titan ARTillery: a costume fabrication shop.

Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave: New Orleans’ first and only virtual Mardi Gras Krewe.

W5GAD Amateur Radio: Impress your friends with your knowledge of Electronics And Radio propagation

We Are WIT (Women in Technology): Creating animations, exploring virtual reality, 3d printing and more.



Akili Academy of New Orleans: Caution: Proceed with creativity! Take time to play with some of our awesome manipulatives in the Gator SWAMP.

Bricolage Academy: Build your own boat out of recycled materials.

Bubble Wizard: Bubble Making – Make bubble tools, create bubbles of unusual size. Seriously, they’re ginormous.

DiscoveryFEST: Skilled master teachers, coaches, and artists train New Orleans youth in culinary arts, dance, music, visual arts, theater, creative writing, sports, nutrition, character education, design, and more.

Electric Girls: Learn to solder and build your own electronic device from scratch.

Groundwork NOLA: demonstrating green energy sources.

Habitat for Humanity: Sturdy shelter using renewable, reusable, recycled and upcycled materials.

Homer Plessy Community School: Construct a battery-powered, motorized device that will create scribbles of refrigerator-worthy art.

Homeschooling Heroes: Sharing success and shattering misperceptions about homeschooling.

IDIYA: A makerspace consulting company that works with schools and organizations to install makerspaces, recommend policies and procedures, equipment sales and maintenance, and provide training.

Isidore Newman: Students will demo their makerspace creations.

KID smART: We blend math, science, social studies and English with dance, theatre, poetry, and visual art to make classrooms more joyful and effective places to learn.

LIGO Science Education: Explore with scribble bots, color filtering, magnetism and more.

Louise S. McGehee: Explore sound through homemade musical instruments created using everyday objects, robotics, and electronics.

Louisiana Children’s Museum: Use Playdough to create electricity.

Loyola Design Camp: High school students discover different areas of design including game design, 3D printing, fashion, sound, illustration, animation, design build, hand lettering, writing and design, photo design and creative coding.

Mini Art Center: Creating a collaborative animation.

Mildred Osborne CoLab: Make your very own bottle rocket and send it soaring into the sky.

Morris Jeff Community School: Learn how to launch a homemade rocket using a plastic bottle, water and air

National WWII Museum: Big problems require big solutions. Learn the 4 things it takes to make a big solution.

New Orleans Public Library: Try your hand at circuitry with littleBits.

NOLA CODE: Demonstrating Arduino-based robotic cards, Code Studio, and Tinker CAD.

NOLA Micro Schools: A collaborative effort of treasures created by our team to showcase our talents both collectively and individually.  

Operation Spark: Create your own video game.

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy: Design, doodle and create with the help of robots, electronics, laser-cut tools, and your creativity.

PlayBuildNOLA: Facilitating hands-on learning with life sized block building systems.

Project Gumbeaux Management: Theatre company for adults and children.Performing arts, backstage management, technical sound and lighting, directing and more.

ricRACK NOLA: Sewing of Repurposed Materials.

Sci High Makerspace: Student work from various projects throughout the year, including design/build, robotics, and woodworking.

St. George EV# and NXT Robotics: Students will present their award-winning robots and science research.

St. Martin’s Episcopal School: STEAM Challenges 2017 with St. Martin’s Episcopal.

STEM NOLA: Growing Future Innovators,Creators and Makers for the 21st Century.

Team 1912: High school robotics team.

Thinkerella: Award-winning, interactive, STEAM educational company for kids 3-13.

The 1881 Research Institute: Prepares underrepresented populations to enter engineering fields by preparing them to work at an engineering company at 16 through its pre-apprenticeship program.

The Green Project: Use recycled paint to decorate paint lids for a recycled art project, or use different hardware materials (instead of brushes) to create artwork.

Warren Easton Guardian Angels: Team robot demonstration – watch a robot climb a rope.

Waldorf School of New Orleans: Student project displays, plus tissue paper butterflies craft for children of all ages.

Youth Empowerment Project: Creative services agency where youth do client work for the business community under the guidance of experienced pro mentors.



Bananables: Handmade sterling silver jewelry

Chip Snawder Art: Explore the amazing possibilities of drawing with markers.

Dames de Perlage: Mardi Gras marching krewe – “ladies of beadwork.”

Designs by Heidi: Handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry using all types of media, stones, and vintage beads

Goods That Matter: Everyday design goods, extraordinary impact

Heartsleeve: Design and screenprint for social good.

Kalaya Steede: Demonstrating a way to create 3-D relief in metal using a non-toxic method.

Jess Drury Art: Through silly and playful books, coloring books and illustrations.

Moonstruck-Art: Original art, dolls, jewelry, and paintings.

Multi-Media Glitch Art: Traditional paintings, drawings, photos, or other art, augmented using digital graphics techniques.

Spa Cafe NOLA: Handmade men’s and women’s bath products in scents inspired by café offerings.

Tin Lark Creations: Handmade accoutrements full of whimsy for the soft-spoken, the bold, and the weird.

X over 0: Advanced computational design and professional 3d printing to craft objects that test the limits of current technology.



Presenting Sponsors:

  • Bricolage Academy
  • Make: Magazine


  • Baptist Community Ministries
  • Delgado Community College and NOLA Fab Lab

Creator Sponsor:

  • Woodward Interests

Entrepreneur Sponsor:

  • IberiaBank

Young Maker Sponsors

  • Revolution Foods
  • Mark

In-Kind Sponsors

  • WGNO
  • Gambit Weekly
  • Louisiana Crafts Guild
  • Tulane University
  • Purple Monkey Design
  • Urban South Brewery
  • MK Design & Type



Contact New Orleans Mini Maker Faire Producer Amy Marquis at