A weekend in Ottawa… (Maker Faire Ottawa)

Parliament Hill

I traveled to Ottawa specifically for Maker Faire but I wanted to take a walk around Parliament Hill. In hindsight, I should have centered the trip around Parliament but I suppose Ottawa isn’t too far to do that in the future.

I spotted the projectors for the Northern Lights show which is a 3D projection show on Parliament Hill. Unfortunately it ended for the year last month so I didn’t get to see it.

To the side of Parliament is the Ottawa Locks. The whole area around it is so pleasant, especially with the leaves changing color for the fall.

Continuing my walk across the Locks and up a hill, I got this great view.

The OC Transpo Incident

With a Maker Faire ticket, the local transit agency, OC Transpo, was free. Naturally, I tried to take advantage.

Going from Parliament Hill to Maker Faire, the bus I was travelling on hit a pedestrian. Thankfully I did not directly witness it as I’d probably be more traumatized by it than I already am. Even more thankfully, I believe the pedestrian will be OK as I saw him helped up onto a stretcher by the paramedics as I looked on waiting at the next bus stop down the street.

At this point, I felt like ditching the rest of the day and camping out in the hotel room. But that wasn’t going to happen.

Maker Faire Ottawa

So after what unfolded just 20 minutes ago, I was eager to get myself inside the Aberdeen Pavilion to take my mind off of what happened.

These guys from Montreal are doing great things with 3D printers! They had a prize draw for a 3D printer or filament. All you had to do was add a piece to a 3D printer they were building.

I love LEDs so I was drawn to the Inventors Dads booth. They had this neat game with a sea-saw thing that would control the horizontal LED strip above.

More LEDs! These were reacting to the music that was playing.

One of the many impressive Lego creations on display at one booth.

I remember some of the sculptures from these guys on display here in Toronto but it seems like they had even more here. Very cool looking stuff!

Robotgrrl was driving around the robot from her Robot Missions project, one of the handful of mobile robots roaming around the Pavilion this weekend.

They set up a food court outside that consisted of three food trucks.

Summing things up

If I’m going to be honest, I found that Maker Festival in Toronto (which was formerly a mini-Maker Faire) to be grander than Maker Faire Ottawa, which is surprising considering this was a full-fledged Maker Faire. But that’s not to take away from the awesome things on display. I’m inspired by the creative and intelligent minds at the Faire, and that gives me inspiration to work on my own things. That’s something I always look to take away from these events.

More pictures

You can view all of my pictures from the weekend on the photo gallery.

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Website update! (It’s mostly all back!)

The downtime on all of my sites is pretty much over. While putting things back up, I found a few things I’d like to address. But with most of the sites back online, I think it’s an appropriate time to share the news.

  • The www.mwhprojects.com main website is back up.
  • Smaller external project websites linked from the Projects page are up. I have some additional websites that I didn’t list for whatever reason. They’ll be added soon.
  • My online Photo Gallery is back up at mwhprojects.com/gallery.
  • The www.coastercircuits.com blog is back up. Something new is the CoasterCircuits blog now appears separate from MWHProjects, meaning that it isn’t just a redirect to mwhprojects.com/coastercircuits as it was before.
  • I’ve also moved my Canada’s Wonderland Source website to CoasterCircuits that I plan to continue working on through the off-season.

Thanks for your patience if you were looking for something while the sites were down.