It’s unfortunate news that the 2019 edition of Maker Faire Ottawa has had to be postponed indefinitely. We were looking forward to scoping out this spectacular showing of inventions and technology at Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery—the annual festival is Ottawa’s coolest show-and-tell, by far. In the past we’ve come across never-before-seen inventions, DIY pinball machines, 3D-printed hockey pucks, a robot bartender, a robot that throws frisbees… and that only scratches the surface.
A press release says several elements conspired towards this difficult decision, including the sudden collapse of Maker Media in June, the parent company behind Maker Faire’s brand.
Similar Faires happen in other parts of Canada, in the US, UK, and all around the globe to Singapore, China, Malaysia, Australia… As independent producers, Artengine licenses the Maker Faire name for its annual Ottawa event.
While a handful of Maker Faire events around the world are proceeding as planned, our local organizers feel it is “almost impossible to deliver a quality Faire” that would meet the high standard set in Ottawa over the last 10 years. Artengine has produced Maker Faire Ottawa since 2010, drawing thousands of people to every edition.
“The maker movement has had an incredible impact on the world, and we look forward to playing a part in the future evolution… with new formats and platforms.”
Regardless, Artengine will not stop showcasing and championing the creative DIY community of Ottawa-Gatineau. “While we regret that this year’s event is not going forward as planned, we will continue to connect communities around our shared passion for making.”
“The maker movement has had an incredible impact on the world, and we look forward to playing a part in the future evolution of that movement with new formats and platforms for sharing and connecting.”