Hundreds of makers will exhibit their do-it-yourself science and technology creations at this month's Maker Faire in Queens, NY.
As the sustainability movement pushes forward, some of the most inspired and creative innovations will come from DIYers and Makers. I'm looking forward to participating in this years World Maker Faire which takes place September 25-26 at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).
The Faire is an indoor/outdoor event on NYSCI's 20-acre site inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Among the more than 300 projects and performances, many eco-conscious exhibitors will share DIY solutions that address environmental topics ranging form urban agriculture to renewable energy. The World Marker Faire shows us that the future is in our hands -- and the hands of people who make, create, invent and craft.
Here's a preview of a few confirmed exhibitors:
The Soda Bottle Garden workshop is presented by Boswyck Farms, a hydroponic farming project based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Participants will make their own hydroponic planter out of used 2-liter soda bottles, and will receive nutrients and seeds to take home. Workshop includes information on the history of hydroponics.
Puff is a carton cloud-shape car accessory and conceptual design by Amateur Human. It is attached near the exhaust pipe of your vehicle and it’s color changes dynamically, visualizing the amount of pollution your car is producing. Green indicates the lowest rate of pollution, red the highest. An iPhone app logs and displays the data.
POWERleap is a flooring tile that harvests energy from pedestrian footfall to generate usable electricity. In this iteration, energy is harvested to power embedded wireless sensors for educational interactivity, data tracking, security, and green building automation.
Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew, authors of "Toolbox for Sustainable City Living" (South End Press, 2008) will demonstrate examples of affordable ecological tools and technologies that they have utilized in creating regenerative sustainability in both New York and Texas. Their unique urban survival kit includes examples of mushroom cultivation, compost tea brewing for remediation of contaminated soils, worm composting, parabolic solar cookers and autonomous energy devices.
As a designer with a passion for urban agriculture I will be exhibiting a vertical farming system at this year's event. Providing an alternative food source for urban dwellers, this vertical farming system utilizes hydroponic technologies, LED lighting, and felt. The current design requires minimal space, resources and maintenance to grow fresh food indoors. Further research is being conducted to incorporate sensors and alternative energy sources to maximize efficiency.
To learn more about the project and urban agriculture visit Vertical Theory.
For a complete list of Makers visit Maker Faire 2010.