Ok, a popular component of Maker Expo is BotBrawl, brought to you by ME organizer Ravi Baboolal and co-creator Dalton O’Connor. Sumo robots pushing each other out of the ring! There’s a ton of tech, fabrication, and driving skills there for you to enjoy. And if that isn’t enough to tease you off the sofa, we’ve got the mayors of Waterloo, Cambridge, and Kitchener hitting the Expo mid-afternoon to borrow bots and battle for bragging rights.
Ravi and I caught up Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky (above) yesterday in his makeshift bot garage at Waterloo City Hall. Massive Maker Expo thanks to Mayor Jaworsky for jumping in to support the Expo. Where else but Waterloo Region could a couple of makers show up at City Hall with a dolly full of power tools and sit down with the Mayor? That’s why I say: We are all makers. This is Waterloo Region.
Of course I’ve got some pics for you…
Mid-wrench-turn, Mayor Jaworsky…
Just going to snug up this wheel.
Tweak this pillow-block bearing.
Runnin’ smooth now.
BotBrawl/Maker Expo organizer Ravi Baboolal (left) and Mayor Jaworsky.
Ready for the motor-driver circuits and batteries. There is so much power in these e-bike motors that you would be able to ride this thing.
Want to give a shout out to Ravi. He and I worked together for months on sponsorship for the Expo. He’s worked on exhibitor contacts, floor plans, and rentals. He’s organizing BotBrawl. And he’s building his own bot while at the same time documenting and sharing that process through video, stills, and designs. All to inspire other makers. I mention this because everything we enjoy in our community happens because people got to work and did it. History is made by those who show up. So on September 19, go to the Expo.
This is how we build Maker Expo.