A Journey of Maker Discovery

Make It Dayton has, to date, been a loose gathering of local Makers who banded together to bring Dayton the 2015 and 2016 Maker Fest and the 2016, 2017 and soon 2018 Dayton Mini Maker Faire.  Through these events, we’ve built relationships with numerous makerspaces, maker clubs, startups, libraries, schools and other groups who are interested in growing the Maker Movement in and around Dayton.  Lately, we’ve been thinking – if we’ve managed to bring together 85+ exhibits and 3000+ attendees for the Dayton Mini Maker Faire, and if we now have this growing network of makers, what is next?  How can we make Make It Dayton a force for good in our community?

The answer is – we’re not sure!  But, we’ve recently sent out a survey to the “brain trust” that we’ve pulled together over the last few years and are starting to form the answer.  Make It Dayton will be undergoing some changes and growing pains in 2018 as we redefine what we are outside of just the Maker Faire planning committee.  If you are interested in coming along on this journey of maker discovery with us, here are a few things you can do:

  • Subscribe to this blog so you are in the loop for all the latest updates
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @makeitdayton
  • Join our mailing list by filling out the Contact Us form
  • Volunteer to help us figure it all out by filling out the Contact Us form
  • Let us know what you think Make It Dayton should be! Guess how? That’s right, fill out the Contact Us form!

We plan on starting to hold regular meetings in the coming months, and we’ll be posting that information here as well as social media.  We hope to see you there.

Maker Fest 2016

*Editors Note: This is historical content that is being relocated to the blog section of the website so that our Events page can be updated to reflect current activities for Make It Dayton.

Maker Fest 2016
The second annual Maker Fest was a resounding success! A bit early for Pi Day (3/12/16), we had 24 exhibitors, 8 presentations and over 600 attendees (not to mention 3 food trucks). It was a ton of fun and a great lead in to Dayton’s first Mini Maker Faire in July at Carillon Historical Park. If you want to see the presentations, check out our YouTube channel.

For pictures of the event, check out:
https://goo.gl/photos/nM9JHcCAPV2JEidq9
http://wbi-icc.com/makerfest2016

MCM Electronic’s wrap up blog post:
http://blog.mcmelectronics.com/post/2016-Dayton-Maker-Fest-Wrap-Up#.Vu8DSuIrKUk

List of Exhibitors

Dayton DiodeHandouts to inform people about Dayton Diode. Projects we are working on to show off.http://www.daytondiode.org/

Dayton History A presentation on the history of invention in Dayton http://www.daytonhistory.org
Dayton Metro Library Examples from the library’s Maker Kits http://www.daytonmetrolibrary.org/makerkits
MCM Electronics We plan on bringing various Raspberry Pi items to sell as well as a 3D printer (Ultimaker2+) and a few Raspberry Pi projects. http://www.mcmelectronics.com
STEAM Works Labs STEAM Work Labs is Dayton’s 1st Digital MakerSpace focused on integrating Science, Technology, Entrprenuership, Arts & MakerSpaces to provide a publicly accessible space to serve the community and foster a vibrant entrepreneurial maker culture. http://www.steamworkslabs.com
Randy Boadway Flying Model Rockets http://www.erockets.biz
AFRL/RXOE Engineering Services Items to include but not limited to: A wide collection of 3D printed parts from Stratasys Fortus 400mc (both functional and demonstrative), laser engravings/cutouts, CNC mill and lathe samples, EDM sample work, and a combination thereof.
Jacob Baker We will be bringing things made of reclaimed wood from the greater Dayton area. Such items include: small tables, signs, coasters, and other home decor. Everything is made from reclaimed wood and salvaged items.
Adev Automation Adev Automation will bring our strawberry harvesting robot to Maker Fest. http://www.adevautomation.com/
David Wirth Bits and pieces of a 3d printed railgun. A presentation about construction of the railgun
Peter G. Raeth, Ph.D. The world of open-access is vast. Numerous individual search engines address that situation, with each engine covering a portion of what is available. To help people identify those engines and employ them with just one query, I built and am evolving a meta-search engine, http://informationanthology.net/Open-Access-Search.html. Access to this cloud-based application is free. http://informationanthology.net/Open-Access-Search.html
Matthew Dallmeyer Demonstrating Field Programmable Gate Array(FPGA) hardware and development. FPGAs are re-configurable digital logic devices. These devices allow you to research, develop, and prototype your digital logic designs. This exhibit will showcase the tools, process and hardware involved in FPGA development. https://github.com/djmatt/VHDL-Lib
Jennifer Chilman 3D Printed and laser printed display pieces, small mind storm robots, interactive key chain assemblies, promotional videos https://www.clarkstate.edu/advanced-manufacturing
Miami Valley Knitters Guild We will have samples of knitting, and have free kits to teach people how to knit. http://www.mvkg.org
Science Castle of Yellow Springs As a preview of a local science center under development, I will bring art projects that develop math and social skills in parallel. In the creation of spinning tops, mobiles, jewelry, young people experience intriguing math concepts in fun and visceral forms.

The Science Castle of Yellow Springs combines interactive museum and sensory integration workshop. The Castle teaches us the mysteries of math and science to reveal the secret of ourselves.

Miami Valley Mesh Alliance A presentation on mesh networks and communication van, as well as a group meeting
Civil Air Patrol Aerospace education kits and teaching materials to promote STEM programs in schools.
Dayton Sewing Collaborative The Dayton Sewing Collaborative is a maker space that is being established to provide a space for sewist, fashion designers and textile artist to work, collaborate and learn. The Dayton Sewing Collaborative is focused on workforce development, supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and creative collaboration in the community.
We will have information about Dayton Sewing Collaborative and may also have a sewing activity geared towards younger attendees.
Contact CI We are bringing our motion capture glove that we are developing to integrate with the virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, etc. We also can bring the several Google Cardboards and Gear VR to exhibit and spread the VR word. https://www.twitter.com/feeltheunreal
https://www.facebook.com/feeltheunreal
contactci.co
Jeremy Hong LED Rave shades that sync with music and is controlled from a Smartphone. Featured on Wright State’s Front Page: http://webapp2.wright.edu/web1/newsroom/2016/02/01/circuit-judge/ Featured on University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering Magazine: http://www.seas.upenn.edu/alumni/magazine.php
RTL-SDR Weather Station (Using Raspberry Pi and Arduino)
http://www.jhongelectronics.org/
Wright Stuff Rocketeers We are the Dayton/Springfield Model Rocket Club http://www.wsr703.org
PowerStackers We are a non-profit neighborhood Robotics team. Students learn STEM through a yearly robotic challenge.
We will bring several robots built for competition and outreach demo.We will show our current season competition robot which advanced to 3 State Championships (OH, KY and PA), winning a number of trophies. In the exhibit, students introduce the FIRST Robotics Program, explain the challenge and demo the current competition robot. Besides talking about the technical side of the program, the students will show how they run the team as a company/business, the core values the students embrace (teamwork, gracious professionalism, and Coopetition (Cooperation and competition).
powerstackersftc.weebly.com
Ben Daly Three quadcopters, all modified to varying extent by 3D printing. One has custom propeller guards, one is entirely 3D printed, and one is is carbon fiber with 3D printed joints.
Sarah Jordan A presentation on “Molten Metal for Makers” http://skuldllc.com/
Slick Labs Devices we’ve built over the year to include medical devices, 3D printed parts, and automatic guitar tuner, and possibly more) http://www.slicklabs.us/

AFRL Maker Fest

On Super Pi Day (3/14/15), the first ever AFRL Maker Fest was held at Tec^Edge.  We had over 500 attendees, several discussion panels and exhibitors from all over the Dayton Area. Make It Dayton is working on next year’s event and looking forward to an even larger turnout!

Here are some pictures of the event:

By the Wright Brothers Institute

and by MCM Electronics

Wrapping up 2016 and Gearing up for 2017

After the 2016 Dayton Mini Maker Faire, the Make It Dayton team took a long, deserved break – mostly so we could spend a little time getting back to our own maker projects! We had a fantastic first year for our Maker Faire on July 16, with over 2500 attendees and more than 50 exhibits and hands-on activities scattered across Carillon Historical Park. Now that we’re all rested and refreshed, we’re gearing up for the 2017 Dayton Mini Maker Faire.

This year, the Dayton Mini Maker Faire is expanding to a 2 day event, August 5-6 2017. We’ll be launching our Call for Makers this January, so keep an eye out for our newly revised and simplified application form. This year we are focusing on adding classes, speakers and more hands-on workshops to the event. We are working on bringing in a 2-day HAM radio certification course, and a very big name speaker and author who has been featured in Make: Magazine.

You can learn more about all our new ideas for the 2017 Dayton Mini Maker Faire this weekend, November 5-6 from 12-5pm, at the Dayton Mall Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire. We’ll be one of the featured exhibits along with Dayton Diode, STEAMWorks Labs, Proto Buildbar and Boro Moms & Beyond. Get an up-close look at the winning go-cart from the Boneyard Build-Off, check out some cool EL wire, HAM radio and electronics projects, and see some 3D printed stuff at our table. We are excited to be partnering with Barnes & Noble for 2017, and look for their pop-up shop at Carillon Park during the Dayton Mini Maker Faire August 5-6.

If you can’t make it to the Barnes & Noble event this weekend, mark your calendars because Make It Dayton will also be at the Science Festival during Super Science Saturday at the Boonshoft Museum, November 19 from 10am-4pm.

Finally, if you’re looking for a way to get involved with Make It Dayton, or want to volunteer at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire this summer, be sure to follow @makeitdayton on Facebook and Twitter, and join our Meetup group at www.meetup.com/Make-It-Dayton/. We have been holding casual meetups at local coffee shops called Maker Mornings. We have them every few weeks on Saturday mornings, and we try to rotate locations around town. You can also reach us at makeitdayton@gmail.com. We are looking for people interested in being part of the planning committee, but also for our street team that hangs flyers around town and for our day-of Maker Faire set-up, tear-down and event teams. These are all great opportunities for high school or college students, boy and girl scouts, or other youth groups looking to record some volunteer hours supporting Dayton History, the non-profit that runs Carillon Historical Park.

We hope you’re getting excited about next summer’s Dayton Mini Maker Faire! We can’t wait! For all the latest news and announcements, be sure to subscribe to this blog as well as follow @makeitdayton and @makerfaireDAY on Facebook and Twitter.

Call for Makers – Live!

You’ve heard about the Dayton Maker Faire, you’ve seen the Call for Makers, but now what? Still have questions about the event? Not sure if you should sign up for a booth? Wondering what kind of vendors are allowed? This Friday, we’re having the first Call for Makers – Live! This is a chance to meet some of the folks planning Dayton’s first Mini Maker Faire, see the venue and ask any questions you might have. We’ll be at the Carillon Brewing Company starting at 6:30 PM, April 8. Come down and talk to others who are interested, find out more about the event and we’ll have a computer setup to fill out the application then and there.

Dayton Mini Maker Faire: What is it?

After Maker Fest, we announced the first ever Dayton Mini Maker Faire. “But,” a lot of folks have asked, “what is a Maker Faire, why is this one Mini, and where is Dayton exactly?”

Maker Faires are festivals for celebrating the Maker Movement, the notion that anyone with the desire can learn new skills and create new things themselves. At Maker Faires, people from all over the community, at all skill levels get together to show off their projects. What kind of projects? Everything from robotics to sewing to 3D printing to woodworking to gardening to quadcopters to…the list just goes on; basically, if you’ve created anything useful, interesting or fun, you can show it off at a Maker Faire. And you don’t need to be a professional Maker, either. It’s all about celebrating learning and creating, and who knows better than the hobbyist with a small budget that necessity is the mother of invention?

So, is that why this is a Mini Maker Faire? Because it’s all hobbyist skill-level folks? No, it’s a Mini Maker Faire because that’s where all Maker Faires start; this is the first year we’ve had one in Dayton, so we need some time to grow into a featured Maker Faire. There’ll be a good mix of professional and hobbyist skill levels, with the whole spectrum in between covered.

As for where Dayton is: Latitude: 39.729215, Longitude: -84.199444. Okay, that’s not precisely Dayton. That’s Carillon Historical Park, where the Dayton Mini Maker Faire is happening. That makes our Faire a bit different; we have the chance to celebrate the historical Makers of Dayton that changed the world, while seeing what’s coming up next. It also means that we have a beautiful 65 acre venue to fill with Makers, so there’s plenty of space for everyone.

We hope to see you there July 16th!

Apply to exhibit or vend: Application Form
If you want some more information:
Dayton Mini Maker Faire: makerfairedayton.com
Maker Faires in general: http://makerfaire.com/

Maker Fest Wrap Up and Dayton Mini Maker Faire

Well, Maker Fest is over, and it was fantastic! Check out photos and videos from it on our Events page. It was great to see folks interested in making from all over Dayton get together and share their hobbies.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But, Orville, I don’t want to wait another year to hang out with people building robots, railguns and backyard foundries!”. First, my name isn’t Orville. But more importantly, you don’t have to wait! This year Make It Dayton has partnered with Dayton History to have the first ever Dayton Mini Maker Faire. Come to Carillon Park on July 16th to enjoy the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

That said, we can’t do it without Makers. So, if you have something you want to show off, teach or just talk to people about, fill out the registration form and help us make a Maker Faire! If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities, sponsorship opportunities or just have some questions, contact us through the form on this site, and we’ll be glad to work with you.

Form for Makers: http://goo.gl/forms/eccQZtjZg5

Maker Fest Presentation Live Stream!

We’ll be streaming our Maker Fest speakers live today starting at 10 AM, and going all day! If you can’t make it to Tec^Edge, or just want to see it from your recliner, you can still hear about some of the awesome things happening in Dayton.

Link to speaker Live Stream: http://youtu.be/t7iKm4xq6Fk

Speaker Schedule: http://www.afmakerfest.org/schedule/

Edit: The stream has ended, but keep an eye out! We’ll be posting the videos to our YouTube channel.

Maker Fest Feature: Fuel for Making

Have you ever started a project, had it absorb your attention and then realize suddenly that you haven’t eaten since you entered your workspace at 9AM? Happens to us all the time. Luckily, that won’t be a problem at Maker Fest; 3 local food trucks will be there to ensure the making can go on uninterrupted! Thanks to

Lilia’s Outside Café –
https://www.facebook.com/liliasoutsidecafe/
PA’s Pork –
http://www.paspork.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PAsPork
Just Jerk’s –
http://www.thatsjerk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Just-Jerks-922484334449795/

for coming to fuel Maker Fest; after all, an army of Makers runs on its stomach.

See you all at Maker Fest on Saturday!

Maker Fest Feature: Maker Meetups

This year, in addition to lots of great exhibits, there will be some Maker Meetups happening with Maker Fest. I know what you’re thinking: “Meetups within meetups? Where will it end?”. The answer is, it won’t, it’s meetups all the way down.

First, there’s the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance. In addition to their talk on Mesh Networks (1PM, don’t miss it!), they’ll be having their monthly group meeting at Maker Fest. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 9:30. It should be a good chance to find out more about amateur radio in Dayton.

Then, there’s the Miami Valley Knitting Guild. They’ll be holding a meetup for anyone and everyone interested in fiber arts. If you want to learn to knit, or have a project in progress that you just want to bring and work on while talking to other fiber folks, here’s your opportunity.

Finally, Dayton Diode is opening its doors for people to check out their makerspace. Find out more about Diode at Maker Fest, and then go check it out first hand. And, once Maker Fest is over and you’re looking for more makers to hang out with (because, really, can you ever get enough hanging out with makers?), Dayton Diode will be having an after party, starting at 7PM.

Basically there’s lots of opportunities for extra fun at Maker Fest, so we hope to see you there!