“People in the Las Vegas Valley maker community are often too busy working on their projects to notice that there are others in the area who are engaged in similar efforts and can lend a hand, according to members of a local hackerspace called the SYN Shop,” wrote Cassandra Keenan. “That’s one of the reasons why they are planning the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water St.”
“They’ve got their little niches and just don’t realize there are others with similar interests,” said Yvonne Houy, a SYN Shop member who is helping organize the family-friendly event. “I think the maker faire kind of brings people together and is like a cross-pollination of ideas.”
The SYN Shop recently relocated to 1075 American Pacific, Suite C, from 117 N. Fourth St. in downtown Las Vegas. The new site offers about 5,100 square feet, up from about 2,500 square feet at the former location, said Bill Tomiyasu, a shop member who also is helping organize the fair.
Tomiyasu said collaboration is vital for those interested in innovating new devices and products or modifying existing ones in the fields of technology, machining, science and even art.