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!

Maker Fest Feature: David Wirth

A common trope in Star Trek was to have a piece of equipment break, followed by the pronouncement that the equipment in question was too detailed to be called forth from the replicators. Back here in Sector 001, we’re dealing with the early predecessors of replicators, 3D printers. And this year at Maker Fest, we’re lucky to have David Wirth, who is working on using 3D printers to create complex pieces of equipment.

David has developed a 3D printed railgun, and will be giving a presentation about the process at Maker Fest on March 12. He’ll also bring a some parts from the project for attendees to see, as well as discussing some of the other aspects of his creation.

For more information about David’s project, see the Make article about him: http://makezine.com/2015/10/21/we-talk-to-the-mysterious-maker-of-the-3d-printed-railgun/

See you at Maker Fest!

Maker Fest Feature: Mr. Jim Charters

Have you ever thought about how different the modern world would be without Dayton? Near the turn of the 20th century, Dayton had more patents per capita than any other US city. This year at Maker Fest, we’re fortunate enough to have Mr. Jim Charters, who will give a talk about the many world-changing inventors that have come from the Gem City. In his own words:

“Inventors from Dayton are responsible for a wide range of ideas that have changed the world. At one time Dayton was known as the City of a Thousand Factories. James Ritty’s invention of the cash register led to NCR. Kettering’s automobile self-starter led to Delco. Thomas Midgley’s leaded gasoline led (no pun intended) to Ethyl Corporation. And the Wright Brothers’ airplane…well that led to nearly everything else. Many creative minds from Dayton shaped the world we live in today.”

Mr. Charters is a spokesperson for Dayton History and has made presentations to numerous organizations about significant historical events and individuals from the Dayton area. He volunteers as an interpretive guide at Carillon Park and Hawthorn Hill. In 2013 he received Carillon Park’s “Volunteer of the Year” award.

We hope to see you at Mr. Charters’ talk!