What Exactly is Maker Faire and Why Does Miami Have One?

March 19, 2018admin

Imagine a place where your inner child could roam free. A place where you can both create and observe some of the most imaginative and innovative things around. Guess what? That place exists and it’s called Maker Faire. Launched in San Francisco in 2006, they deem themselves “the greatest show (and tell) on Earth” and we couldn’t agree more.

What is it?

“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, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.”

Back in 2005, Dale Dougherty and his team launched what would eventually re-imagine the current maker movement: MAKE Magazine. With an influx of tech-influenced communities around the world, the movement eventually needed a physical platform. It needed a place where these thinkers and creators could interact amongst themselves and with the community, so Maker Faire was born. Over the past 13 years, Maker Faire has sprawled around the world with shows from Vienna to Hong Kong and even Miami.

It’s in Miami.

In 2013, the very first Maker Faire hit Miami in mini form produced by MANO Americas and was so well-received that it came back as a full-blown 2.0. This year, the Maker Faire returns for the third year and is set to feature the very best in Miami’s innovation and tech scenes. The Faire is produced by MANO Americas and Miami Dade College. It’s not easy for our maker scene to find a place to connect, and Make Faire on April 7th & 8th is the perfect time. Of course, the Knight Foundation is a generous supporter, making sure the faire exists for years to come. Get your tickets now!