What’s a Maker, what’s a Maker Faire anyway!?

Some of you may be wondering what the heck a Maker is and why a Maker Faire is so important to Kansas City?

If you’ve ever fixed anything at home, tackled a craft project, knit a skarf, plant a garden, combined several things into something new, you are a Maker. Have you painted a portrait, sculpted with clay, pressed leaves in a book? Did you get the WiFi working in your home, program your remote, setup a home theatre, install outdoor lighting, program your lawn sprinkler? Are you a DIY enthusiast, mechanic, machinists, scientist, engineer, hacker, gamer, read Instructables, Popular Science/Mechanics or Make/Craft magazine? If so you DEFINETLY are a maker! We ALL are Makers at some time in our lives. Most likely we made things as a kid, drawing fantastic creations with our crayons and combining toys into Lego/He-man/Transformer Tonka Truck riding awesomeness! Personally He-Man and GI JOE never made it past July 4th unscathed in my house!

GEEKS, ENTHUSIASTS, TINKERERS, AMATUERS, PIONEERS, SCOUTS, SAVANTS, SEERS, PROPHETS, ENGINEERS, HOBBYIST, BURNERS, CRAFTERS, HACKERS, EXPLORERS, SCIENTIST, SCAVENGERS, COLLECTORS, STUDENTS, ARTIST, DIY…(you fill-in the blank)

ALL OF US ARE MAKERS!

“You may not know it yet but when you leave Maker Faire you’ll be convinced you are and have the potential to do more.”
-Dale Dougherty, Founder of Make magazine and Maker Faire

Dale Dougherty describes Maker Faire as everything from “Fabric to Fabrication.” It grew out of Make magazine, which has been described as a reinvention of Popular Mechanics from a hackers perspective, hacking the world physically, to make things or the world better. Make magazine hightlites projects that anybody can make as well as showcase projects from “extreme makers” that bring highly specialized skills and experience with old and new technology.

Maker Faire gathers people doing what they love to do and connects them to one another. Groups of people that wouldn’t normally mingle. Not just electronics lovers, we are talking crafters, food-makers, rocket people, scientist. All celebrating what we do, what we make, what we do together. Maker Faire leaves you feeling that you can do things, you can make things. The future is IN your hands, you can make a difference!

The guiding ethos of Maker Faire: DIY – You can learn to do something.

More importantly Maker Faire builds community, it build connections between people who share the same interests. Now just imagine if we get all of KC together? Lets find out!

So what can you do and how can you contribute?

COME! You are a maker and you CAN exhibit. Do you know someone who has a creative spirit, a unique talent, a person who would love to show and tell what they do? Is that person you? Come and see what KC has to offer the Maker community. Are you a business that would like to sponsor this creative group of enthusiast? We have a lot of awesome things in store for you. This is going to be a great summer full of Maker events, so stay tuned!

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[Full disclosure: this post was inspired by Dale's visit to KC and Make Magazine Vol. 1 Issue 1.]