I had a great time at the Austin Mini Maker Faire this weekend. Although smaller than the events held at the Expo Center in years past, the Austin-focus of the 'Mini' Faire is a great improvement. Rather than trucking in makers from other cities, this organic mini-Maker Faire approach helps to grow the Austin maker community. There were a lot of great electronics projects. My son (and many other kids) couldn't get enough of the full size R2D2 (which he called "Big Roomba!"):
Two local FIRST teams had several robots driving around, the AustinEV club had electric truck and motorcycle conversions on display, ATX Hackerspace held a soldering workshop which was packed... and much more (full list here). I snapped a few photos, and there is a nice photoset from the event on the Austin Mini Maker Faire Facebook page.
Next week - the big show in San Mateo!