Maker Faire 2015

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Jarrod and his worker team members are taking a little bit of Noisebridge to MakerFaire, the world is so lucky.

Contact Jarrod hicksu at or message him on Slack for more details

Booth Pics and Table

Here are some preview pictures of Jarrod and his worker team's setup for Maker Faire this year. There were a few more tweaks underway, but this is mostly all there was at this point.

MakerFaire 2015booth01.jpg
MakerFaire 2015booth02.jpg

Here are some photos of the completed "Noise^2" exhibition table.

MakerFaire 2015table01.jpg
MakerFaire 2015table02.jpg


Jarrod and his worker team would like to emphasize that Noisebridge is an important resource for people to learn and make. Noisebridge should be more than just a "makerspace", Noisebridge should be a community with a social mission to bring educative and creative autonomy to as many as possible. Noisebridge has had a rough patch but they have done some good work during the recent Reboot to work toward this mission and it is time to attract some attention.

Jarrod and his worker team note that people are getting projects done there and that this public hackerspace thing could still be a good idea. Jarrod, his worker team, and their Noisebridge supporters would like to use this upcoming MakerFaire to invite people to come to Noisebridge for the first time and then contrive to get them to come back to Noisebridge for repeat visits. Their urge is to connect with other Hackerspaces and to strengthen relationships. They yearn to meet other hackers and makers, and to encourage them to bring their projects into the Noisebridge space so that others may learn from them.

See Jarrod's Build Night recapitulations at the bottom of this page for progress.

Further event info is at

Event Location, Schedule, and Volunteers


San Mateo Event Center

1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403


Please make a note of what dates and times you worker team members are still available to volunteer at Jarrod's MakerFaire 2015 Noisebridge booth. If possible, you can still add your contact information below for Sunday afternoon times, or you can perhaps email it directly to Jarrod ( hicksu at )


Sunday, May 17: 10am - 6pm
  1. Jarrod, 10a - 6p
  2. john
  3. Olivier
  4. Mohammed
  5. Teapot
  6. Noisebridge Digital Archivist Representative


Sunday, May 17: 7pm - 9pm
  1. Jarrod, 7p - 9p
  1. Olivier
  2. Mohammed
  3. Teapot (probably)
  4. Noisebridge Digital Archivist Representative

All about Jarrod's Noisebridge booth / HOW?

Jarrod's plan has been 1) to pack a whole bunch of Noisebridge into a 10' x 10' space and 2) to have a good time. Within MakerFaire 2015, Jarrod and his worker team have been going about to do their best to create a mini-Hackerspace that supports the ideas and creations that others besides themselves bring. Here is Jarrod's idea:

Noisebridge MakerFaire Booth AXON.jpg

Essentially Jarrod and his worker team have created a place where people could hack during the show, and the ultimate exhibit is Noisebridge's community and its projects.

Nevertheless, the base for this space is custom furniture pieces that was made at Noisebridge, with Jarrod's love, for hacking. (When all you know is design and woodworking, every answer tends to be custom furniture). The centerpiece of this affair was a new work table with built in power outlets and a bright flashy Noisebridge logo on the top. A table that people could pull up a chair to and start working on a project. If there were other things that we should have tried to incorporate into the hacking table, let us know during MakerFaire itself or afterwards. The back of the booth has a set of rearrangeable cabinets that store tools and projects for use during the show and support and audio/video system for demonstrations and presentation during the show.

Here were more specific plans for the booth furniture, Jarrod recommends checking out the .pdf:

UPDATED NB Logo Channel drawing: File:Noisebridge MakerFaire Booth TableDetail REV 01.pdf

Noisebridge MakerFaire Booth.jpg

The .pdf of the current working drawings for the table that we built is here:

Well-made furniture != mini hackerspace; Jarrod and his team request participation!

  • How could Jarrod and his team demonstrate Noisebridge in a 10' x 10' area, Was it possible to also enjoy this?
  • Helped build out the booth, added to it, decorated it, made it better, made it more 'Noisebridgie'
  • Lent/brought your projects, demonstrated your projects, and taught others you know
  • Worked on projects at the show, and had projects for others to work on
  • Spread the word about Jarrod and his team needing help and contrived to get people to come meet them.

Pre-MakerFaire Noisebridge Maker Meet and Greet

Ideally, everyone would have been able to go down to MakerFaire and check out the neat stuff. For those that couldn't, Jarrod, his team members, and their supporters have suggested an event to bring in Makers who are in town to talk about their projects and to meet up with other hackers/makers. Jarrod and supporters have been thinking about a special Five Minutes of Fame and a mellow cocktail party event that could hopefully raise significant additional funds for the space.

Schedules and Specifics

Thanks to you all of you worker team members for getting this far with the planning and setup. Although this was mostly worked out prior to the start of MakerFaire 2015, Jarrod has greatly appreciated your tremendous efforts to help out.

Planned projects for Display and Presentations/Demonstrations

Scotty's Land Yacht, Julio's LED aquarium, book scanner, ....

Jarrod's Build Night Recapitulations

Initial resin test casting - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-02-12

LED installing and light testing - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-02-26

Additional resin text and table start - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-05

Additional resin test results and table top continues - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-12

Routerpocalypse - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-19

Substructure Assembly begins - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-03-26

Substructure Assembly Continues - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-02

Substructure wrap up and beginning of LEDs and Electrical - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-16

Resin Pour! and electrical wiring finish - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-23

Resin top, soldering, and table wood working completed. - Maker Faire Build Night 2015-04-30

Parts and Materials Specifications (working list)


3/4" Red Oak Finish Plywood - $49.97 / 4'x8' sheet

3/4" C grade Douglas fir sheathing plywood - $24.97 / 4"x8" sheet

Number 20 biscuits - ~$8.00 / 100 count

Kreg pocket screws - 24.97 /1000 count

Titebond 3 wood glue $36.92 / gallon

Casting and Finish

The NB logo is 298in^3 or ~165 fluid ounces

Tested : Ultra-Glo epoxy resin - pigment TBD

May switch to the comparable but less expensive EasyCast
 1 gallon kit is $77.60 via Amazon prime, need two kits $155.20

Electrical and Electronics

LED Strip: WS2812B individually addressable

 Can be purchased from ebay or alibaba.
 example: $9.99-12.99/meter
 or for $24.99/meter
 JH - We have ~16' of linear distance inside the logo. So I'm considering purchasing this from the eBay vendor: 
 -- LEDs/m: 60, Board's Color: White, Waterproof Grade: Epoxy IP65, Length: 5m, Price:US $74.99

LED Controller/driver:

 Arduinos work fantastically. A Pro Mini works great and cheap.
 JH- is this correct? $9.95
  HT- Yeah that works perfectly.

Power for microcontroller and LEDs:

 Just need a 5v power supply of some sort, can be salvaged from existing cords by splitting the wire open and solder onto on/off switches.
 JH- Something like this? $5.95
  HT- Yeah this works perfectly.
 I expect we need something separate for the LEDs. We will have >16 feet of them in the table.
  JH- You make a good point, do you know of any electrical engineer that can do calculations on the electricity draw?

100-1000uf capacitor:

 To prevent sudden power drops.

Wiring and Power

 Need wiring diagram and Spec
 TO SPEC: breaker, outlets, wire, jbox, switches, wire nuts
 IEC 60320 C14 power inlet to connect to outlet in


Have: Typical NB Shop tools, Plate Joiner,

Need: Router bits with bearing over the blade to help the speed and accuracy of the logo channel cuts as Jarrod and his worker elves increased their depth.

Software and Documentation