Nine close friends built Conway’s Game of Life kits from Adafruit Industries. This is my favorite kit for these kinds of workshops because it’s easy for beginners to complete in about 2 hours, and when everyone is done, you can wire all of the kits together to create one large cellular automata display. The last time I helped people build this kit was at a Make:SF workshop at the TechShop in Menlo Park.
Here’s a pic of me and Tony during the second day of the Faire. Tony built the awesome wooden enclosure for the project. Last week, he decided to come up from Los Angeles at the last minute to see what the Maker Faire is all about. Based on the grin he had all weekend, I’m pretty sure he’ll be back next year.
My project won an Editor’s Choice ribbon! Here’s a very happy me with Phil Torrone and Limor Fried of Make/Adafruit Industries: