Maker Faire proclaims it is “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.” This family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement is coming to downtown Las Vegas on April 5, 2014!
“Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors,” the Maker Faire website reads. “All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.”
Maker Faire launched in the Bay Area in 2006 and demonstrated the popularity of making and a desire of the community to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event.
“Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies,” the site reads. “But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.“
Pawel Szymczykowski, a member of the organizing team for the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire, explains the event this way:
“It’s like a craft faire, but the focus is on education and sharing instead of sales. The official Maker Faires are put on by Maker Media in San Francisco and New York, but they support a program of ‘Mini Maker Faires’ like ours that are organized by community members like myself and SYN Shop!” he says. “This is our second opportunity to put on the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire. Last year exceeded our expectations and we saw over 40 Makers and 700 visitors.”
If you are thinking about attending, but wouldn’t consider yourself a maker, don’t worry. “Anyone and everyone who is interested in making things, learning how to make things, or can appreciate the creative work of people who make things,” Pawel Szymczykowski says.
If this sounds right up your alley, but you aren’t sure if you fit into the “maker” definition, consider Pawel Szymczykowski’s thoughts on what defines a maker.
“Someone who makes things!” he says. “This covers all disciplines including: sewing, 3D printing, wood working, electronics, metal work, sculpting, architecture and even performance. If you made something cool, you are a Maker.”
Show your love to those who make, but coming out to support the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire on April 5, 2014!
“Tell your friends! Bring something you made to show off, even if you’re not a vendor. Talk to all of the Makers and tell them your thoughts and give them your appreciation,” Pawel Szymczykowski says.