Geek Collateral at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire

Geek Collateral braved the cold on Saturday for the Toronto Mini Maker Faire at the Toronto Reference Library. It was super crowded, but we managed to grab a few shots of the event:

Some highlights were the beautifully handcrafted slingshots you can buy from Metro Grade Goods, the quirky socio-robotics project hitchBOT, the creative use of cornstarch by Action Potential Lab (the pink stuff burbling away in the photos above, courtesy of Toronto’s first science and art lab for kids and adults), the R2 bots (which were pretty much impossible to photograph due to the swarms of children–sorry!), and the lovely lanterns by The Playful Geometer, who creates “a line of arts and crafts centred around the wonders of Sacred Geometry”.

For more info on the projects depicted in the photos and videos for this post, check out this gallery of business cards (hover your mouse over a card for the company website link):


In Support of SFC Open Source

Hello, Geeks.

software freedom conservancy's logo

Software Freedom Conservancy’s logo

At Geek Collateral, we believe in access to technology for all regardless of income, so it stands to reason that we’re fans of the Software Freedom Conservancy. SFC is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and assists with the development and use of Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects in any way it can. The organisation is committed to taking care of the infrastructure for FLOSS projects so developers can focus on creating and updating the software.

SFC keeps itself busy. You can find a full list of the organisation’s projects on their site,, and if you have a project that you believe would benefit from their member project services, you can apply for membership on their site as well.

They are also currently running a fundraising campaign to develop non-profit accounting software. At present they are 88.4% funded, having raised $66,275 of their $75,000 goal. They’re doing this because non-profits often pay high licensing fees to use proprietary software and, as SFC knows from experience, accounting for non-profits is different than for for-profit companies anyway.

SFC has already started working on the project despite being a little short on funds because they believe in this project. If you’d like to lend them a hand financially or as a volunteer, or if you would just like more information on the project, follow the link:

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