2016 Akron Mini Maker Faire

Saturday, November 12, Noon to 4 pm, Main Library

Create, Learn, Discover, and Play at the Akron Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, thinkers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and more.

Akron Mini Maker Faire is independently produced by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and licensed by Maker Media, Inc. It is a coming together of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it.

About Maker Faire:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2016 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1300 makers and 150,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 900+ makers and 90,000 attendees. Thirty-two larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Detroit, Atlanta, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few— and over 150 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced in the United States and in 34 other countries around the world

About Make: Magazine:

Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Download a free issue here.

Besides the magazine and the faire, Make: is:

• a vital online stream of news and projects,;
• a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
• a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instruction;
• a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.

How Can I Show My Stuff at the Akron Mini Maker Faire?

Glad you asked! You can apply to be a Maker during the Call for Makers, September 12-October 15 by clicking on the link to the right which will be available starting Monday, September 12. Individuals and groups, Makers of all ages are encouraged to fill out the Call for Makers application. Makers will be notified of their acceptance by October 20.

Not Sure If You’re a Maker?

Anyone can be a Maker. Take a look at who has been a Maker in the past. Join the fun and share what you love to do.

Acme Fresh Market Egg Drop

Akron Area Soap Box Derby

Akron Global Polymer Academy

Akron Inventors' Club

Astronomy Club of Akron

Astrophysicist Kevin Manning

Bill Roddy Juggle Art Painting

Blending Your Own Teas

Bookish Bookmarks

Build your imaginary robot friend

C.H.A.M.P. - Canton Hacker and Maker Space

Cello performance

Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

CORMUG - Central Ohio RepRap and MakerBot User Group

Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Group

Daniel Anand - A Transforming WheelChair that Sits and Stands

Do-it-yourself spectroscopy

Dungeon Studios Prototyping - Silicon Molding

DX Engineering

Enhancing Pollinator Habitat with Home-Made Bee Houses

Evil Twin Cosplay

Felt making

FRC Team 2399: The Fighting Unicorns

Fun with Books

Greg Dee, WKYC

Hal Hall, Gourd Artist


Hand-made Micro-miniatures

Hathaway Brown School Robotics Team

Henna - Ancient Art in a Modern World

International Plastic Modelers Society

Kent State University's Fashion School


Learn to stitch kits provided by The National Needle Arts Association

Lego Mania

Making Family History

Matt Reese, cello performer

Matthew Chilton - 3d printing and home made props

Mentos and Diet Coke - Soda Pop Drop

Monica Lenox, Spinning yarn

Mutton Hill Quilt Show

NASA Glenn Research Center

Needlework Now

NIHF STEM High School

Norio Kids

Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites

Overlord Media Group

pico by B3 Innovations, LLC

PieceMaker Technologies

Portage County Amateur Radio Service

Programming with Scratch on the Raspberry Pi

Quilt Artist Connie Bloom

Rubber City Printing

Rubber City Shakespeare Company

Spinning yarn


Stan Hywet Needlework Guild, Town and Country Embroidery Guild, Western Reserve Sampler Guild

Steam Hat: A Seek-and-Find of sorts Art Game Exhibit


Stofiel Aerospace

Summit County Historical Society

Summit County Master Gardener Volunteers

Summit Cycling Center

Synhak The Akron MakerSpace

Team Nighthawk Racing

Team Xenos Robotics Team


The Plarn Project; Plastic Bags Transformed

Think Outside the 'Bots Robotics Team

Thomas Zimmerman - Experiments in Digital Art

Thunderbots Robotics Team


Tom Hammond - Arduino Controlled Christmas Lights

Trepanning Trio

University of Akron Robotics

Vacuum forming

Vintage Hand Tool Refurbishment and Use

WARDKit Build-It-Yourself Waterjet Kit

Witt Cooper


Woven in Exile

How Can I Attend the Akron Mini Maker Faire?

Walk, run, ride your bike, drive your car, hop on a Metro bus – any way you want to get to Main Library in downtown Akron on Saturday, November 12, from noon to 4 pm. Bring the whole family (ok, leave the pets at home; only service animals are allowed in library buildings). It’s free and it’s fun. Visit our EventBrite page to sign up the whole crowd.

Got a question?

We’ve got an answer – we’re a library, after all. Contact Science & Technology at 330-643-9075 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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