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!
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.
*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.
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!
Come down to Sinclair Community College today and visit us at Tech Fest! We’re in the Great Hall next to AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate booth. We’ll have info on upcoming Maker events and some interesting projects from our members.