2014 Denver Call for Makers – Press Release

Denver Mini Maker Faire May 3-4

Call for Makers Deadline March 16

 

Makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers extravaganza

DENVER – The first annual Denver Mini Maker Faire at the National Western Complex May 3 and 4th is calling for entries from makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers.  Makers are invited to strut their stuff in front of thousands of attendees over this two-day extravaganza of making.  Any groups or individuals interested in participating can find out more and apply by March 16 at www.denvermakerfaire.org.

Pinball Wizardry by Mark Gibson at the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, photo by Alanna Brake

Pinball Wizardry by Mark Gibson at the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, photo by Alanna Brake

The Denver Mini Maker Faire encourages interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making things.
This unique family-friendly event draws makers from all over the State to celebrate their unbridled creativity. Already planned for the event is:

  • A life-sized fire breathing dragon, sculpture and urban artwork
  • Robotics with a hands on experience
  • A soldering workshop with skilled trainers from Sponsor SparkFun Electronics
  • Spinning, weaving, engaging craft projects and –of course– a Nerdy Derby!
  • 3D printing, leading-edge inventions and technologies
  • DPL’s book bike and crazy conveyances
  • Science experiments with National and State labs such as NCAR and NIST
  • Presentations from How to Write a Comic Book to Building Your Own Car
  • A dark room with a tesla coil, LED art and music and so, so much more.

The Denver Mini Maker Faire is looking for a wide variety of eclectic, diverse and out-of-the-box ideas that highlight the tinkerer spirit. Exhibits and displays can range from the categories above plus anything imaginable from biotech to puppets, school projects to innovative corporate projects, kites to unique tools or machines.  Show us what you can create!  Hit the Apply for Makers button at www.denvermakerfaire.org and tell us what you are dreaming.  We’ll get back to you to discuss your project and let you know if you are IN!

3D printing with Bjorn Gott at the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, photo by Alanna Brake

3D printing with Bjorn Gott at the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, photo by Alanna Brake

The Denver Mini Maker Faire is an offshoot of the celebrated Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com) created in the San Francisco Bay area that draws over 100,000 annually from all around the world for “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth!”

“The Maker Faire inspires kids, entrepreneurs and creators and spurs collaborations that extend well beyond the event,” notes Elizabeth “Elise” VanDyne, who launched the first NoCo Mini Maker Fair in Loveland, Colorado last year.  “The Denver and NoCo Maker Faires are gathering places for doers across the state and the Rocky Mountain region to find each other.”

“The NoCo Mini Maker Faire last October felt like we hit an oil gusher of innovation and creativity.  Compared to similar faires around the globe, we blew past all expectations for maker participation, exhibits, attendees and sponsors.  We have no doubt that Denver is going to blow off the doors because Colorado magnetizes innovation and creativity.”

SparkFun Sponsoring

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“SparkFun is extremely excited about Maker Faire coming to our backyard,” said Lara Boudreaux, marketing manager of the Boulder based company and presenting sponsor of the event. “Denver has a thriving community of artists, hackers and DIY-enthusiasts who are sure to make the event a memorable one. We can’t wait to see what the mile-high Maker community is up to!”

Since 2003, SparkFun has shared its passion for DIY and hobbyist electronics by providing parts, knowledge, and inspiration to help fuel exploration of embedded electronics. By “Sharing Ingenuity,” SparkFun hopes to help anyone unleash their inner inventor. SparkFun currently offers more than 3,500 products, including over 430 unpatented open-source designs. The company employs 150+ people and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Additional Sponsors include Action Works Educational Non-Profit and community collaborators Destination Imagination, CSU, COIN, The Shuuk and more.

To follow the development of the Faire and also learn more about the emerging Maker Movement and community resources for Makers, visit the website at www.denvermakerfaire.org.  The Denver Mini Maker faire is independently produced by Making Progress L3C and Action Works 501(c)(3) in collaboration with Maker Media.

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Official Press Release can be found here.

CONTACT: C.L. Harmer
January 16, 2014                                                                                           cl.harmer@comakerhub.org

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