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
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.
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 –
PA’s Pork –
Just Jerk’s –
for coming to fuel Maker Fest; after all, an army of Makers runs on its stomach.
See you all at Maker Fest on Saturday!
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!
MCM Electronics, one of the sponsors of Maker Fest, has featured it on their blog! Check it out: MCM at Dayton Maker Fest
Hope to see you there!
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!
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!
Yesterday we updated the site with a link to register as an exhibitor at Maker Fest 2016. But, what exactly is Maker Fest?
Maker Fest is an event where local Makers are invited to show off their projects, hobbies, and even small businesses. Last year we had people who built their own 3D printers, Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects, a musical robot, HAM radio operators, a blacksmith, drones, kites, and lots of other great exhibits. Basically if you make things, anything, you’re welcome to exhibit at Maker Fest. Maker Fest isn’t exclusively about high-tech Making either; things like woodworking, sewing, and other traditional crafts are welcome.
The purpose is to celebrate innovation, creativity, and the do-it-yourself spirit that has historically made Dayton a world center of entrepreneurship and manufacturing. There is also the opportunity to give seminars, workshops and panel discussions on various Maker topics.
This is a free, family friendly event, although it is not exclusively a K-12 or STEM event. Adults will find just as much to enjoy as the kids will.