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.
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
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, blog.makezine.com;
• 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.
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.
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
Build your imaginary robot friend
C.H.A.M.P. - Canton Hacker and Maker Space
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
Dungeon Studios Prototyping - Silicon Molding
Enhancing Pollinator Habitat with Home-Made Bee Houses
Evil Twin Cosplay
FRC Team 2399: The Fighting Unicorns
Fun with Books
Greg Dee, WKYC
Hal Hall, Gourd Artist
HAM RADIO TECHNOLOGY
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
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
NIHF STEM High School
Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites
Overlord Media Group
pico by B3 Innovations, LLC
Portage County Amateur Radio Service
Programming with Scratch on the Raspberry Pi
Quilt Artist Connie Bloom
Rubber City Printing
Rubber City Shakespeare Company
Stan Hywet Needlework Guild, Town and Country Embroidery Guild, Western Reserve Sampler Guild
Steam Hat: A Seek-and-Find of sorts Art Game Exhibit
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
University of Akron Robotics
Vintage Hand Tool Refurbishment and Use
WARDKit Build-It-Yourself Waterjet Kit
WOODBEE WOOD CARVERS
Woven in Exile
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.
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