PrevReflections & Predictions: A Look Back on 2017 & Ahead to 201805 January 2018NextMakers, Crafters & Performers wanted for first annual Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire on February 24, 201815 January 2018
Windsor-Essex is hosting its first Mini Maker Faire event on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at St. Clair College (main campus), 10am-3pm. Our organizing committee is reaching out to the community in search of individuals/organizations who would make great participants. We have limited space, and want to ensure we have a great mixture of different categories and types of exhibitors, speakers and performers. If you are interested, please fill out our form to tell us about what you’d like to do/show at the Faire. Here’s the link to the form. So what’s Maker Faire? Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists and students. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day. The launch of Maker Faire was in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. In 2017, over 190 independently-produced “Mini Maker Faires” plus over 30 larger-scale Featured Maker Faires has taken place around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Kansas City…and in 2018 will include Windsor-Essex!