The breakdown of the year that was full of leaps into the unknown: 2016.

January:

  • Attended 1st Maker Faire Producers’ Summit in SF
  • Visited friends at Facebook
  • Finally saw the Exploratorium in person
  • Helped build & run social media for Airigami’s Balloon Adventure: Life on the Genesee

February:

  • Attended Burning Man Equinox at The Yards in Rochester
  • Started to brainstorm Fringe Festival projects
  • Explored building that would become Made on State
  • Ran LED Throwies experience at TEDxAllendaleColumbia School

March:

  • Attended RMSC STEM Awards
  • Volunteered at FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional (9th year volunteering!)
  • Started helping other NYS Mini Maker Faires & Makerspaces

April:

  • Started new position at RIT (see announcement post)
  • Visited the Tech Valley Center of Gravity Makerspace in Troy, NY for the first time
  • Attended RMSC Uncorked & Untapped
  • Celebrated CSH 40th Anniversary Weekend
  • Attended Digital Rochester Technology Women of the Year Awards & RocCity Rising for the first time
  • Led NASA Space Apps Hackathon at RIT

May:

  • Talked with Middle School Students out in Sodus
  • Participated as an exhibitor at Image RIT as staff for the first time
  • Spoke at STEM Exploration Days for first time
  • Built 3 Masquerade Masks with wearable technologies integrated within them
  • RMSC After Dark: Makers Masquerade - led Duct Tape Flowers table with Becca and Pat
  • Celebrated second anniversary with Becca

June:

  • Was a Guest Bartender for Rochester’s Girl Develop It Chapter
  • Helped host NMC conference with MAGIC
  • Represented New York State’s Maker Movement for the Nation of Makers Kickoff Initiative at the White House (my write up on the experience)
  • Attended the National Maker Faire
  • 1st Wedding of the Year - Metzgers in Long Island

July:

  • Family Cruise in the Pacific Northwest
    • Jumped off a several story platform when experiencing a zwing (a zipline swing) - Becca did the same
  • Interview with Democrat & Chronicle
  • Fringe Festival Announcement for the Green Room - collecting of jugs started
  • 2nd Wedding of the Year - Kennedys in Minnesota

August:

  • Becca & I attended our first Regional Burning Man (PortalBurn)
  • Prototype wall for Green Room built
  • Collected hundreds and hundred of 1 gallon jugs from community
  • Attended 1st Annual Troy Mini Maker Faire

September:

  • Interview with Rochester Magazine
  • Fringe Festival Green Room
    • 1,150 1-gallon jugs donated by 75-100 individuals, organizations, events, non-profits
    • Built chandelier in one weekend with Larry Moss, Kelly Cheatle, & Joel Byam
    • Green Room walls built in one weekend
      • 12 walls in total
      • 20 builders (including 4 members of my family!)
      • 30 Hot Glue Guns
      • 12 walls in total35 Pounds of Hot Glue
    • Ceremonial 1 gallon jug of champaign
    • Up for 12 days
  • Led Software Freedom Day Hackathon at RIT

October:

  • Made a bigger trip to the World Maker Faire in NYC
    • Visited Etsy & NYC Resistor
    • Held NYS Maker Meetup at Collab in NYC
    • Nation of Makers Meetup at World Maker Faire
  • Moderator of Geek Talk! Panel at Rochester Tech Startup Expo
  • Made paper circuits with the Rochester Boys & Girls Club
  • 3rd Wedding of the Year - Emily & Aaron Schultz in Seattle
  • Fredonia Mini Maker Faire
  • Made PlayDough Pianos using Makey Makeys with Kindergarteners & 1st Graders at Lima Primary Mini Maker Faire

November:

  • Barnes & Noble Maker Faire
    • Led hands on activities at 3 different stores over 2 days
  • Ran Election Night Election Hackathon at RIT
  • Nation of Makers Non-Profit Announced
  • Tabled at the Rochester Entrepreneur Expo
  • 3rd Rochester Mini Maker Faire!
    • Big success!
    • 2,200 people in attendance
    • 130+ Makers
    • Added Flame Makers section this year!

December:

  • Escaped to Niagara on the Lake with Becca for a weekend
  • Gave Keynote at Digies Conference at Genesee Community College
  • Started to figure out plans for a New York State Maker Summit