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!