See. Make. Break. Share. Repeat

Maker Faire, hailed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!

Now in its fifth year, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.

Maker Faire Global Producers Summit

makey_robotAbout a week ago our Seattle Mini Maker Faire team members had an amazing time at the Global Maker Faire Summit in the City by the Bay—San Francisco! This eye-opening experience was an amazing opportunity to connect with and learn alongside over 100 producers from all over the world.

On the ground, the Maker Media team did an incredible job pulling everyone together and hosting a rewarding conversation on how to continue to engage our local makers and help our independently organized (but mighty!) event continue to grow and best showcase the wildly creative people here in our city.

We took a tour of the Exploratorium (a must-see in San Francisco!) and heard from Scott Weaver, who built this impressive sculpture, Rolling Through the Bay, entirely out of toothpicks! (We resisted the urge to touch.)

producers_group_summit_2016We also got to check out the American Steel Studios, a massive warehouse that houses an unbelievable amount of artists, welders, sculptors, engineers, and innovator projects. Don’t miss the innovative stuff happening here!

Needless to say, it was a great experience that’s getting us pumped to kick off the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Call for Makers is coming in March—save the date for a special kick-off event on March 30. More info coming soon.

–Liz Y., EMP Museum

Meet Your Makers Happy Hour

Celebrate day one of Maker Faire at POP Kitchen + Bar at EMP, from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Wind down after an exciting day at Seattle Mini Maker Faire with discounted food and drinks, tabletop games, and some down time with other faire goers and makers. Ill Gotten Games will be on hand to talk about innovating their own games, as well as to share some of their latest creations!

All ages welcome. Event Details.

Founder of Maker Media, Inc. Dale Dougherty Joins Speakers

dale_doughtertyJoin Founder and Executive Director of Maker Media, Inc., Dale Dougherty, as he looks back at the incredible first 10 years of Maker Faire, how it’s functioned as a catalyst for a global maker movement, and where it might go from here.

Presentations will be ongoing all weekend in JBL Theater. Hear from makers about what they’re creating and discovering in the process with topics spanning from working on a budget to turn your ideas into reality, to resources for young makers-in-training, to discovering how the world of burlesque embodies the maker philosophy.

See the full line-up of speakers and presentations.