Oh, Someone Please MAKE these!

Several of the organizers of the Nova Mini Maker Faire are people who ride bicycles. Past Faires have featured a free Bike Valet service, marked bike paths to the Faire, and exhibits and demos of old and new and unusual bicycles. But this invention is the perfect crowning glory to all bicycle inventions! If we can get you some coconut shells, can some innovative Maker out there help us make these? Please? inhabitat.com/trotify-makes-your-bike-sound-like-a-galloping-horse/

Are You a Musical Maker?

The Chapman Stick is the only truly American MADE instrument. Devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970’s, the “Stick” provides an interesting combination of guitar and percussion, giving depth and texture to the music played on it. Also very maker-ish, the Stick has been made in many different materials, including a variety of woods and polycarbonate resins. We would love to have an area at the March 2016 Maker Faire that features made instruments and made music. If this appeals to you, it’s time to register as a Maker and get started on your project for the Faire! Before you go, check out this near-local Chapman Stick artist, Greg Howard, and what he can do with this amazing instrument. Greg Howard

Spotted in NoVA

Makers are all over Northern Virginia – they have a passion for innovation and creativity that reaches beyond their day jobs. We spotted this vehicle this week and would like to make sure the owner comes to Nova Maker Faire! Go Arduino!

The 2016 Call for Makers is OPEN!


Calling all Makers!

Apply to be a Maker in the 2016 NoVa Mini Maker Faire in Reston, VA.

Call For Maker Launch Party—>Please RSVP


For the October 16th Call for Maker launch party, please RSVP so we get a rough idea of who is coming. Thank you!

Get Ready to MAKE! Launch party – October 16th @7pm


Join us for the launch of our “Call for Makers” for the 2016 NoVa Mini Maker Faire in Reston, VA.

The Maker Faire will take place on Sunday, March 13th. If you would like to be an exhibitor at the Faire, please join us for the launch party for the Call for Makers on Friday, October 16th at 7pm at NOVA Labs (1916 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston, VA 20190).

We will have food and drinks as well as “lightning talks” from many makers from last year’s faire. Meet other makers. See the NOVA Labs Maker Space. Have fun!

Please RSVP to the event: http://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/225436659/

World’s Biggest 3D Printer!


The design team at WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) will unveil what is being billed as the world’s largest 3D printer on Friday in Rieti, Italy. Dubbed the “Big Delta,” this enormous device stands roughly 40 feet tall with a 20 foot diameter.

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Robert E Simon

Robert Simon

Robert Simon with Amy Shaw (co-founder of the NoVa Mini Maker Faire) at the inaugural NoVa Mini Maker Faire in March 2014.

On Monday, Robert E Simon the founder of Reston, passed away. I think I speak for the small group of us (mostly) Restonites who organize and run the NoVa Mini Maker Faire in saying that we will certainly miss him. And strangely, though we did not know him all that well, I think we felt genuine sorrow at his passing. There was something about Mr. Simon and what he accomplished with Reston that we enjoy every day that makes him seem like family to all of us. So from all of us in the maker community, thank you.


Hack-A-Day Visits Our Local Maker Space NOVA Labs


Washington DC has a vibrant hardware hacking community and it was out in force on Saturday night, September 12. We had over one hundred people through the door at Nova Labs in Reston, Virginia (DC metro area). This sleek and spacious hackerspace opened their doors for a Hackaday Meetup as part of a weekend packed full of activities.

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Video Highlights from the 2015 NoVa Mini Maker Faire