We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Attendees flock to Maker Faire to glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves.
With the launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, Dougherty and his team provided the catalyst for a tech-influenced DIY community that has come to be identified as the Maker Movement.
As the movement has gathered increasing momentum, makers have created their own market ecosystem, developing new products and services. The combination of ingenious makers and innovative technologies such as the Arduino microcontroller and personal 3D printing are driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology and education. Over the years, the MAKE division has become synonymous with the Maker Movement and is the recognized leader of this growing community of makers.
Many makers are hobbyists, enthusiasts or students (amateurs!)–but they are also a wellspring of innovation, creating new products and producing value in the community. Some makers do become entrepreneurs and start companies.
Why Should I Go?
Maker Faires have become known as the Maker Movement’s home and its attempt of showcasing its talent and innovation.
There really is no downside to attending a Maker Faire, and you need not look far to find one in your area, They are a hub of ideas in innovation and if that doesn’t stop you from having a ‘Mental-block’, we don’t know what will.
You can be an expert in your field, or just have a curious mind. What you find at a Maker Faire will truly widen your horizons to what you can do.
Why We Go
Here at Mint-tek, we pride ourselves in being part of the Maker Movement and we are consistently demonstrating our SMD ‘Hardy Kids’ workshop at these events. From hardware to software you will not find such an eclectic group of people interested in the topic of innovation.
We will be heading to the Maker Faire Rome in a few days and can’t wait to meet everyone involved. As always, we love to teach anyone from 4 to 104 how easy it is to get involved and become a ‘Maker’; that’s what our workshop allows us to do. Not only that, but the newly crowned Maker will get a free handmade flashing badge at the end, what’s not to love!