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 is open now! (It’s free to exhibit if you are a non-commercial maker!)
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 Latest from the Blog
Look who showed up at Betty Brinn Children's Museum this week! It's our old pal Makey. He wanted to let everyone know that the National Week of Making is coming up, and remind you that Maker Faire Milwaukee takes place September 24 & 25, 2016 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
If you make something awesome this weekend share it online and use the hashtags #WeekOfMaking and #NationOfMakers so others can be inspired by your creativity.
The 2016 National Week of Making kicks off this Friday, June 17th and runs through Thursday, June 23rd. Join us in celebrating makers of all kinds and making of all kinds.
At Betty Brinn Children's Museum our Be A Maker space will be featuring their Urban Gardening and Animation Experiments during the Week of Making.
Our friends (and co-hosts of Maker Faire Milwaukee) at Milwaukee Makerspace will be opening their doors for their weekly meeting on Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm. Drop in and find out more about the space and the makers who use it.
And finally, our own Carrie Wettstein and Pete Prodoehl will be headed to the National Maker Faire happening in Washington D.C. this coming weekend. Carrie will attend the President’s National Week of Making kick-off event at the White House on Friday and Pete will be speaking on a panel at the National Maker Faire. The gathering will unite select individuals from around the country who are leading efforts to empower, support and inspire makers.
What will you be doing for the National Week of Making?
After our recent visit to the Madison Mini Maker Faire to run the Nerdy Derby event, we realized we're going to need a lot more wheels in the 100 days we have remaining until Maker Faire Milwaukee! We've been running multiple 3D printers to make as many as we can.
Luckily our friends at Coex in Appleton make great filament, and they were kind enough to donate some spools to us so we could keep the printers busy. (Thanks, Coex!)
Adrian, our Nerdy Derby Champion has been busy drilling out the wheels so they have consistently sized holes. (He's got a lot more drilling to do before September 24th!)
Our Call for Makers has been open for three weeks now, and we've received over 50 submissions from all kinds of Makers excited to share what they do this September. When people apply we ask for their location, and we're happy to see that people are coming from all over the place, not just the Greater Milwaukee Area.
Besides Madison, Chicago, and other (fairly) close locations, we've got a few Makers coming quite a distance! We're looking forward to welcoming Makers from Indiana, Kansas, North Dakota, and even New York!
(We may have to come up with an award for the Maker who travels the farthest distance to get to Maker Faire Milwaukee.)
If you haven't applied yet, do it now! Our Call for Makers will close on August 1st, 2016.
The Call for Makers is now OPEN! If you're a Maker, we want YOU to share what you do! Visit the Call for Makers page and apply if you are a Maker/Exhibitor, a Commercial Maker, or interested in leading a Workshop or being a Speaker. (We're also looking for teams to take part in the Power Racing Series!)
We'll be accepting applications until August 1st, 2016, so don't delay! If you have any questions about participating at Maker Faire Milwaukee, please get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are only … days until Maker Faire Milwaukee!