Builds are where an instructor-led building project for a group of people who individually complete the same project. At the MegaMini, "builds" are offered to teach attendees the best-practices method of constructing a project, i.e., controller enclosure, P5 panels, etc. There is a cost to attend a build. However, it is usually less than the cost of purchasing the materials separately as the individual is participating in a bulk purchase opportunity. Additionally, all items needed to complete the project are in one kit and taught by an expert. At the completion of a build, usually two hours, you will have completed the project. It allows the inexperienced DIYer to complete a project in an expert manner.
"Mini" conferences were organized across the country in response to the national Christmas conference set up by Chuck Smith of Planet Christmas Light Up Symposium (PLUS). Florida started its "mini" in 2004, and was elevated to "mega" status due to its broader appeal regionally and now nationally. Last year, the MegaMini had attendees from nearly every state and a number of international attendees from 5 countries.
The FMM is focused on the "hobbyist" vs the other national conferences who either are commercial or a hybrid commercial-residential user focus. The FMM is similar to the local mini group but due to its number of attendees allows for the blending of the two. Additionally, the FMM is focused on the participant experience and offers more hands-on classes, demonstration and builds than other conferences.
The FMM is a great opportunity to make new friends and has classes specific to "newbies" to the hobby. Additionlly, the FMM has group buys from vendors, so you will be recieve a discount off products with delivery of those products to the MegaMini for free. Most people will save more than the cost of admssion simply by the discounts they recieve from this group buy with the group.
Additionally, you will taught by community experts who have been in your same shoes once upon a time. Christmas people are the most friendly, helpful people you will meet in any hobby. Additionally, the Extreme Lighting Fanatics (ELF) of Florida Facebook page have people from all over the world who are avilable to help at a post's notice.
No. The vendor hall is reserved for attendees.
Attendance in-person is required, with no recordings of the session offered.