October 5, 2019: More to come soon!
This is our third year for the Dayton Mini Maker Faire, and if there is one thing we’ve heard consistently from our exhibitors and our attendees it’s “where can I get a tee shirt?” Well, we’ve heard you and today we deliver. Announcing the first official Dayton Mini Maker Faire tee shirt, available through Bonfire!
Our Bonfire Tee campaign will be open for only 14 days, so don’t wait to place your order! The proceeds from shirt sales will help fund this year’s Maker Faire. The shirts come in Unisex, Ladies Slim Fit and Child styles, as well as a variety of colors. You can purchase the shirts directly from Bonfire’s website, and they are shipped to you after the 2 week campaign ends. These shirts are only available online, you cannot purchase them in the Carillon Historical Park gift shop.
We hope you’ll show your support for the Dayton Mini Maker Faire by buying and wearing one of these tees!
Order your shirt between now and April 11 at https://www.bonfire.com/dayton-mini-maker-faire/
You may have noticed that last summer we started a social media campaign #wheredaytonismade, in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Dayton Mini Maker Faire. This hashtag is meant to inspire makers across our region and beyond to look at the legacy of making we have in Dayton, but also to look towards our future as a leader in the maker movement. It wasn’t that long ago that Mayor Nan Whaley signed the national Maker City Pledge, officially pronouncing that the City of Dayton is committed to engaging our region in the Maker Movement to stimulate our citizens to become inventors and tinkerers and to learn new skills and explore new technologies and arts. Why would a city government care about that? Well, because some inventors and tinkerers will go on to create new businesses and products that create new jobs. Those learners who want to adopt new technologies and make things with their own two hands? Those are the same people who make excellent employees for those new maker businesses, especially in manufacturing.
Dayton gained fame in the last century as a hub of invention and manufacturing, leading the world in patents and advancing some of the most exciting technologies of the era. The Wrights, Kettering, Deeds – these are the giants whose shoulders we stand on as makers here in Dayton. #wheredaytonismade is about recognizing the new efforts in and around our city to create a generation of makers that leads Dayton into the next century.
Know someone who is an exceptional Maker? Want to recognize their achievements and work in our community? Tag them with #wheredaytonismade and then email email@example.com and we may write a blog post about them! Plus, encourage them to sign up to exhibit at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire this August.
I’m not shy about self-identifying as a maker, so inevitably I get asked the question “what do you make?” And inevitably, I list Maker Faire as one of the things I make. I’m the RepRap of makers – a maker that makes Maker Faires to make more makers. Makers.
As one of the founders of the Dayton Mini Maker Faire, I’ve become part of the network of makers that plan and produce other Mini Maker Faires across the world. Every year, Make Magazine, the originators of the Maker Faire concept, host a world-wide summit for Maker Faire producers. In past years, the Maker Faire Producers Summit has been held in the Bay Area or other single locations around the world. This year, the Summit is being held online and Make asked if some Mini Maker Faire teams would be willing to host viewing parties for their regions. Guess what? Dayton was selected to be a regional host for the Maker Faire Producers Summit for 2018!
So what does that mean for Dayton? It means that producers of other Maker Faires from across the Midwest will be converging on Dayton, Ohio on March 3 to meet face to face and participate in the global online summit together. It means that we’ll have the opportunity to learn about other cities and their Faires, and possibly form some collaborations to bring the best of the Midwest to our 2018 event. It also means we get to share what makes Dayton unique with the rest of the world.
Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to produce the Dayton Mini Maker Faire? Thinking about joining our producers team? Or are you the producer of another Maker Faire in the midwest? If so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for Summit registration info and to connect with the Dayton team.
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.
*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.
MCM Electronic’s wrap up blog post:
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
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 email@example.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.
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.
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!
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