Life After Make:

Earlier this week, Maker Media announced it was suspending operations, and let go of all its employees. For the full announcement, see the TechCrunch article here.

In the 3 days since Josh Constine posted his article on TechCrunch, social media has been exploding with well wishes and happy #MakerFaire memories from Makers around the world.  MATRIX Labs (@MATRIX_creator) has even launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and bolster the Make: brand.

So, where does this leave the maker movement? Make: was (and may still be, if they can get back on a sound financial footing) one of the great centralizers of the Maker movement. They pushed for Maker education, and brought the idea of do-it-together to the forefront. Without that force, can we continue calling ourselves a movement?

Personally, and probably unsurprisingly, I think so. Making is an idea whose time has come; the desire to learn new things, shape the world with your own ideas and your own hands, and to revel in the joy of creating. And, speaking for the festival producers here in Dayton, that joy is something we want to spread.

I liken Make:’s troubles to early aviation (because, you know, Dayton). The fledgling field of aviation kept moving forward after Wilbur Wright died in 1912, because aviation was an important, world-changing idea. So too, the Maker Movement will not fail just because one of the leading voices of that movement has left us.

While Make: brought a bright spotlight to the Maker Movement, it did not create it. This movement even has roots all the way back to the Barn Gang here in Dayton.  Makers, inventors, artists and creators of all types find encouragement and inspiration by gathering together, and that will not change. Sharing our ideas, our passion projects and our love of making with each other and the greater community is important, and potentially as world-changing as aviation ever was.

So, for now, the community as a whole, and I personally will mourn Make: and Maker Media. But we won’t stop creating and sharing, because that was the point; we can carry the movement forward by doing-it-together.

In that spirit, Make It Dayton will still be hosting a 1-day celebration of making in the Miami Valley, called the Make It Dayton Festival this October.  For more details, visit

Make It Dayton Festival

Exhibitor Sign Up: Fill out this Form

When: October 5th 2019

Where: Carillon Historical Park

It is Dayton’s own gathering of Makers and Crafters. Here is where we showcase local artists, woodworkers, 3D-printers, rocketeers, alongside makers and crafters of all kinds! If you have a passion for arts, hobbies, and do-it-yourself projects, then you will find that you will love the Make It Dayton Festival. We encourage all people and families to attend. And if you have that maker spirit, we would love for you to sign up and show off your talents.


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 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.

#wheredaytonismade #makeitdayton

Dayton to be Regional Host for 2018 Maker Faire Producers Summit

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 for Summit registration info and to connect with the Dayton team.

Maker Fest 2016

*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.

For pictures of the event, check out:

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

Visit us at Tech Fest!

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.