Sorry it’s taken me a few days to tell y’all about my booth at the Midcoast Mini Makerfaire in Camden, Maine last Saturday. First off here was the view across from the tent.
I got there and took me a bit to set up the booth which included the including a vent chimney , my IMac, a 39" TV, a prize giveaway table and a “made on the Glowforge” section. I set everything up and tried to connect to the event’s wifi and it was weak! My computer barely connected, I tried getting the GF to set up but it I couldn’t find the GF wifi signal in my network connections! Oh No! It was about 10 min til go time, what would I do!? Well I jumped on the forum and posted my issue in Help &I Support hoping for an angel to be waiting for my crisis, thanks to @jrnelson and others for responding so quickly reminding me to push the button down until I get the turquoise glow (wifi signal send). Phew! You guys are the best! But lo and behold the Wifi signal at the Faire was too weak and it kept kicking me. So about 30-45min after the show started I decided I needed to just use my phone as a mobile hotspot for both my comp and . Well it worked! I was up and running, after I was open for business I didn’t have time to come up for air. I decided to make 1.5" wooden coins out of Medium Maple Ply with my “Jonny Makes” logo and IG name on one side and a fresh canvas for the peeps on the opposite side. I had a line of kids and parents the whole time! For about 2.5 - 3 hours straight I was watching a line of peeps slowly moving up to the and me with their drawings in hand. During this time I switched between a “How lasers work” video and the GFUI on the TV so those in line could see what was happening. I answered tons of questions from parents and kids alike and the best was about 4 people who came up and said “This is it! They are real!” about the they were amazed to see one in the wild. Kids and grown ups were all enamored by this machine and had tons of questions and wanted to know how much and all the features. Next time I’m paying someone to take pictures and video (or set up GoPros around the booth) of these events because between me not being able to take a break and my phone being used for a hotspot I wasn’t able to take pictures but my wife and one of the volunteers were able to snap a few. Oh btw, it started to downpour and I had to pull my tables into the tent more but eventually had to shut down and we offered to send the coins to the remaining people in line.
Things I learned:
- Be early than normal to check wifi signal
- Set up cameras or have someone take pics and video
- Have a relief person on the comp so I can present better and breathe.
Overall it was a great Makerfaire. Fun times.