Maker Faires are global gatherings of some of the most creative and inventive thinkers from all over the planet. Maker Faires provide the opportunity for people to learn, explore, and test out new technologies and innovations from every type of maker. Think of it like show and tell for big kids (small kids too!).
Although each Maker Faire is different, you’re liking to find things like robots who garden, at home 3D printed fashion, drone racing, lifesize cardboard dinosaurs, mural making, LED light painting, and much more... including Obilab cardboard drum set makers.
We had the chance to sit down and speak with Obilab Cardboard Drum kit, who have won a total of 7 ribbons Maker Faire ribbons in only one year.
We dig Obilab’s ingenuity; I mean, a drum set that’s made from cardboard, sounds great, weighs nothing, is totally portable, and absolutely affordable. What’s not to like? And Obilab really ‘hit’ it off with people at Maker Faire, everyone from pro’s to total newbies got to rock out on their test model cardboard drums.
Hearing how different Makers become part of the Maker Faire community is always intriguing, but Obilab’s is particularly so. Patrick and Caroline from Obilab tell us about their ongoing journey with Maker Faire.
Patrick first wandered into the Paris Maker Faire in 2015 in order to meet someone there doing screenprinting. After a short conversation Patrick began to explain his own project with the drums and things took a quick turn.
“I explained to him the project, and he told me ‘Oh! Just wait here, I need to introduce you to someone!’ So I waited for 5 minutes and he came back with the director of Maker Faire Paris who said ‘So, you have a great video to show me? I’m a drummer, show me.’” That was all the director needed. “After seeing the video he told me I had one day, that I had to be here and present at the Maker Faire tomorrow. He gave me one hour to say yes.”
Patrick obviously said yes. A quick call to Caroline, the other half of Obilab, and the Obilab team not only presented their first prototype and video with resounding amusement and applause, but walked away with 3 blue ribbons (that’s second place out of the 300 presenting projects-- not bad for a day’s notice).
“With the three blue ribbons we were invited to participate in the big, BIG Maker Faire in New York City,” explains Patrick. Obilab took home another three blue ribbons and one red ribbon, for educational projects.
Besides having a few extra awards to display on their shelves, Maker Faire gave Obilab a chance to connect with other innovators and tons of people. “Around 600 people got to beat on our drums! We learned so much from watching so many different type of people have fun playing music with our instrument, it helped us create even better models.”
Obilab is now on their 6th and newest prototype of the celebrated cardboard drum kit, and they can’t wait to show it off at the next Paris Maker Faire on April 30-May 1, 2016. So, if you missed Obilab last year, you’ve still got a shot to see them in action. Caroline is proud to mark their progress as a company through their Maker Faire participation, “Now we’re going as a start-up, not just a project, which is so cool. We’re also focusing on presenting our new kickstarter campaign. We’re excited to present our newest model and make the set available to many more people!”