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Maker Festival Kicks off with Electric Runway, Boldly Mixing Tech with Fashion

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Lindy Wilkins shows off the peacock costume she made as part of her design duo Little Dada for the Maker Festival launch party in Toronto. The LED-lined outfit was an ode to the peacock that escaped the city zoo earlier that summer. Photo by Ab. Velasco

Electric Runway’s Maker Festival launch party was covered by Canadian tech blog BetaKit:

What do LED lights, science experiments, and a giant dancing praying mantis made of paper have in common?

These were the sights and sounds that came together for Thursday’s Maker Festival kickoff party at 918 Bathurst, the beginning of 42 satellite events taking place in the city over the next few weeks.

It’s the first time that Maker Festival is operating under the ‘Festival’ rather than ‘Faire’ name. “We wanted something that would involve the whole city and not just a weekend at a particular place,” said Eric Boyd, founder of Senseridge electronic jewelry company and director of festival organizing at Maker Festival. “Maker Faire last year had over 10,000 people and 80 exhibitors, so it’s not exactly low-key.”

At the same time, Amanda Rebecca Cosco, freelance journalist and BetaKit contributing writer, launched Electric Runway. Bringing together garment-focused designers and hardware companies, Cosco’s show meant to explore the growing intersection between fashion and technology.

 

Read Jessica Galang’s full article for Betakit here 

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