What You Need to Know!
- Maker Faire Milwaukee will take place on Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th.
Maker Faire Milwaukee is happening at Wisconsin State Fair Park, at the Wisconsin Expo Center Hall A and Hall B. (The best address for your GPS is: 8200 W Greenfield, West Allis, WI 53214.)
- Maker Faire Milwaukee is a FREE event! (There will be some activities that have costs associated with them, but entrance is free.)
- The Call for Makers opens May 23rd, 2016. Sign up for our email list to get alerted when the call opens.
What is a Maker Faire?
Called the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, Maker Faires are part science fair and part county fair. Showcasing invention, creativity and resourcefulness, makers — tech enthusiasts, crafters, artists, educators, tinkerers, students and others — exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills. Visitors to Maker Faire Milwaukee (MFMKE, for short) will find something different around every corner — makers, performers, presentations, workshops and much more.
Information contained in the tabs above will tell you about exhibiting, visiting and volunteering. Of course, there is information about sponsoring MFMKE, too. Thanks to sponsors, Maker Faire Milwaukee is a FREE admission event.
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Maker Faire Milwaukee was the largest Featured Faire in the country in 2014 (our inaugural year!), behind only the Flagship Faire in San Mateo, California and World Maker Faire New York in terms of attendance. To stay on top we need you!
The Call for Makers opens May 23rd, 2016.
That’s just … days from now!
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We're just a few weeks away from the Call for Makers, where we'll open up the application process to makers, speakers, workshop leaders, Power Racing teams, cosplayers, and anyone else who wants to gather up the awesome things they've been creating and share them at Maker Faire Milwaukee.
If you haven't applied before, the application form will walk you through a series of questions to determine what your needs are. Things like how much space, and how much power you'll need (if any) and if your exhibit has fire, we'll need to know about that too.
If you're worried that you'll forget about the Call for Makers, just sign up for our Email List. There's a tiny form in the sidebar of the website. Just enter your email address and click 'Sign Up'!
What better way to kick off the summer than with a Week of Making! The White House will be celebrating the National Week of Making June 17th through the 23rd, 2016 and they are inviting libraries, museums, rec centers, schools, universities and community spaces to support and grow the number of citizen-makers.
Here's a snippet from President Obama's National Week of Making Proclamation:
“Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need.”
How can you get involved? Share your latest project, or a maker event you attend. Inspire others to be creative and try new things. If you post anything online about your making activities, use the hashtags #NationOfMakers and #WeekofMaking
Learn more about the National Week of Making, and help spread the Maker Movement in your community!
With just over 150 days until Maker Faire Milwaukee we're back to our regularly scheduled planning meetings. We'll be meeting this Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at Milwaukee Makerspace. Join us at 7pm to discuss Maker Faire and various ways we can improve things this time around.
Not sure what you can offer? Come anyway! We've got lots of volunteer opportunities, and we're always looking for people with good ideas, or just to provide feedback on what we have planned.
(If you're a Facebook user, let us know you're coming on our event page!)
For many involved in Maker Faires, they are about seeing and experiencing amazing things, and getting excited and inspired. Maker Faires are a lot of fun! But there's another side, which involves the business community.
At the Westport Mini Maker Faire local businesses have found that Maker Faires are a great place to showcase new products, find new customers, and connect with suppliers, distributors, partners, and investors. (Check out the article The unexpected business impact of Maker Faire for more on the successes they've seen.)
Here in Milwaukee, there are a number of opportunities for businesses to get involved with Maker Faire. At the highest level, sponsoring Maker Faire Milwaukee helps us to continue to put on the largest FREE Maker Faire in the world. Interested in sponsoring? Find out more!
If sponsoring the event is beyond what your business can do, we've got other opportunities for involvement. Get in touch with us via email at email@example.com to discuss.
If you hear the word "hack" do you think about a break-in to a computer system, or do you think of a clever solution to an interesting problem?
Maker are often hackers, the kind who come up with crazy (or completely sane) solutions. The web site Hackaday is a daily dose of "fresh hack" from makers/hackers around the world. Hackaday strives to promote the free and open exchange of ideas and information, which is similar to the mission of Maker Faire Milwaukee.
The first Hackaday World Create Day is happening Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, and they're looking for people to get involved! The goal is to create technology solutions for social change, which is something we're really excited about. Hopefully some of the ideas will be submitted to the Hackaday Prize, which is about using your maker skills to create a better world.
Check out the Design your concept phase for more info, and join the rest of the hackers/makers in trying to improve the world!
(And if you do come up with something amazing that has world-changing potential, we'd love to have you share it at Maker Faire this year!)