There was good food, wine and beer. And then there were the makers. The Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire kicked off with an intimate Makers Mixer downtown Santa Cruz at the Cruzio office. Several makers who are taking part of this year’s event joined in the cheer.

We were happy to also see support from John Graulty, dean of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts at Cabrillo College.

Delicious food was provided by Real Thai Kitche, and and  beer provided by the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery.

Hilary Bryant and Susan Dayton of Buoy Labs and Sara Isenberg with Santa Cruz Tech Beat.

One of our SCMMF producers extraordinaire, the-go-to queen for everything you need, Leigh Ann Lively, in a shawl she made herself with the saori weaving technique taught by last year’s SCMMF maker Jill Nickolene Sanders of Saori Santa Cruz

Waiting to hear Zach naming the three semi-finalists of the Name Our Surfbot Facebook contest.

Makers Mix

The evening started off with an open vote for the fifth semi-finalist of the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Facebook contest Name Our Surfbot. We had gotten so many inspired entries, that the leadership committee came to a tie between three names: Cruz, Grom and Mako. Eager to have their loud voice heard, the audience swiftly decided for Mako.

Our five semi-finalists for the Name our Surfbot contest are:

  • Gnargnar Surfington
  • Mako
  • Maverick the Maker
  • Shred
  • STEAMer Sam

The finalist will be decided at the end of the day on faire day by popular vote.

Keri Waters, CEO and co-founder of a groundbreaking start-up in Santa Cruz, Buoy Labs, delivered an inspirational keynote speech telling the story of her new company and how making fits into its dynamics. Watch the video below:

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