Survey Says…

SUCCESS!

It’s almost been a month, but the Faire feels so long ago! We just recently got our survey results back from MAKE, and the results were that this year’s Faire was fantastic! Exceptional! Stupendous! We also received a good amount of feedback on how we can improve next year. Parking was the #1 issue, after that was directional signage, and following that was having a better way to advertise/announce when and where workshops and presentations started. And there were some complaints from Makers about the load-out. Oh, and you guys want some food trucks next year.

Duly noted!

One other comment was that people were uncomfortable with, or just downright don’t like, the term “Mini” as in “Atlanta Mini Maker Faire.” Well, let me tell you what this actually means. Any Faire you attend that has “Mini” in its title means that it was organized by local volunteers rather than MAKE Magazine itself. That’s right, everyone that put forth some effort this year whether it be the main organizers or the people handing out water to thirsty Makers did so on a volunteer basis – no one here is paid. And that means that while we might be spread a little thin at times, we love what we do.

And speaking of money, all of our expenses – absolutely everything – were paid for by our sponsors and anyone that was kind enough to give a donation. You guys are our lifeblood, and there’s absolutely no way we could have done it without you.

So what’s next? Well, first we need to plan a date for AMMF 2013. The plan is to have it on Georgia Tech’s campus again, and that means we have to find a weekend when they are away. And the only only way game we can find on their 2013 schedule is on 10/12 of next year. So we can make this the most tentative of tentative dates. And there’s talk of trying to turn this into a 2 day event. And adding a whole mess of other speakers and workshops! So spread the word, talk up some hype, and keep an eye on our blog!

We plan on starting the planning process on January 1st of next year, so if you’d like to get involved, please email us using the “Contact” link on the right sidebar.

Thanks again to all of the Makers, Volunteers, and Attendees. With about 5,000 in attendance, this year was the most incredible AMMF yet. Let’s continue building the quality and quantity!

2 Responses to Survey Says…

  1. It was very hard to find things. If certain groups were concentrated in specific areas, that would be helpful. The big lawn in the middle of everything also made it feel smaller yet less organized.

    • Hey Sean – thanks for your comment! I hope you enjoyed the Faire despite the things above.

      Your first comment was actually something that we struggled with a good bit – “Do we put similar groups together or do we make it all a bit random?”

      As you know, we went with the latter – we had the beekeeper next to the guitar maker across from the electronics guru. In our opinion, part of the joy of a Maker Faire is the curious juxtaposition of people with dissimilar materials and interests. When you put like people together, there’s more of a likelihood for attendees with those interests to spend all of their time in one part of the Faire. But we were hoping to encourage wandering, exposing people to the different types of making that exist. A lot of interesting collaborations arise when you meet people with different interests!

      We’ll have to address this question again as we grow though – I can see us reaching a point where we’re too large for this variety show feel and have to move to a more organized layout.

      As far as the Lawn, I’m afraid that we made the best of the space – if you can find us another location that allows Makers to drive to their spot, can support parking for 5,000 attendees, and doesn’t cost us a dime, I will be more than happy to look into it!

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