Volunteer Registration Is Now Live

Fort Wayne’s 4th Maker Faire is just around the corner. Some of you have been waiting to register as a volunteer in anticipation of another awesome event.

Thank you so much for your interest as we couldn’t put on an event of this size and scope without you, our great volunteers. We’ve roughed out event needs and are now ready when you are.

Sign up to volunteer and receive a T-shirt and free entry to the Faire. We’ve tried to make it easy to choose which day/s, time/s, assignment/s work best for you.

Maker Faire is a showcase for Makers in the Region and beyond who want to share their projects or sell their wares. Four new Commercial Makers have already registered for 2014. Come see what tools, materials and processes artisans, craftsman, fabricators and others use in projects ranging from fabric arts, electronics, kinetic sculpture, fire arts, art cars, and more.

Fort Wayne Maker Inspires Live Welding At Maker Faires Worldwide!

We had a blast at the Detroit Maker Faire this year! Thanks to the Henry Ford in Dearborn for being such great hosts. Their planning team is awesome.

Maker Faire Fort Wayne event producer Jane Applegate joined by Doyle, Dale, Jeff and his friend.

Maker Faire Fort Wayne event producer Jane Applegate joined by Perez, Dougherty, Esmerelda and Doyle.

We saw folks we’ve gotten to know over the years like Doyle Huge from Detroit who built GonKiRin, a 65′ fire-breathing dragon, and Mark Perez of San Francisco, builder of The Life Size Mousetrap. Also got a few minutes with Dale Dougherty as he dashed off to the airport. Dougherty is Founder and CEO of Maker Media, Craft, and other successful brands and according to CNN, considered the “Father of the Maker Movement.”

Jasmins When Pigs Fly

“When Pig Fly” by Black Sheep Welding

It was so exciting when professional welder and artist Jasmin Hartman of Black Sheep Welding (see Flying Pig photo) was introduced as manager of the Welding Arena at the Fort Wayne Faire.

Dougherty asked her to write a story for Makezine to encourage more females to learn welding – plus we’ve now inspired live welding at Maker Faires globally of which there will be over 140 Faires in 2014.

Martha Stewart is Calling all Makers

Well it appears being a Maker has gone mainstream.  Martha Stewart is seeking innovative Makers for the American Made Awards.

Check it out to learn more or to apply – Martha Stewart American Made Awards.  Good luck who choose to do so and remember TekVenture when you become famous.

Last Day to Vote Maker Faire as Best Local Festival!

The last day to vote in Fort Wayne Newspapers Readers Choice Awards is today. Please take a moment and vote for Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire as Best Local Festival.

Thanks to all who have made it the wonderful event it is. We can’t wait for Maker Faire 2014 coming to Headwaters Park Sept. 13 & 14.

Don’t Forget to Vote for Best Local Event!

Tomorrow, July 31st is the last day to Vote for Best Local Festival for Fort Wayne Newspapers Reader’s Choice Awards.

Arial Shot of Wet Swing Set

Arial Shot of Wet Swing Set

Please take a moment and vote for the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire – Powered by TekVenture – we’ve been nominated for Best Local Festival but we need your vote to win!

Thanks to the committee and hard working volunteers for making this event so fun for Makers from all over the Midwest and beyond. We frequently hear how out-of-towners really like our Faire as the people are so welcoming and interested in their projects.

Rizzo Can’t Get Enough of Racing

View from The Huminator's Pit

View from The Huminator’s Pit

Congrats goes to Scott Rizzo AKA The Huminator for placing 6th for his first Power Racing Series entry at the Detroit Maker Faire.

Fort Wayne is the next stop on the circuit which is the last stop before series winners are announced at World Maker Faire New York, Sat., Sept. 20 & 21.

Unfortunately after breaking his axle like 3 times during the speed heats on Saturday, mechanical problems precluded Rizzo from racing the 75-MINUTE enduro race that runs Sundays.

Batman Tries A New Approach

Batman Tries A New Approach

Most of the teams were lucky to finish in fact. Batman’s team couldn’t get his running so he ran around the track wearing his car. Another team Duct taped their car to the actual driver. The challenge was when she lost her wheels and couldn’t get the car untaped in order to push it over the finish line. Hilarity also ensued when Doyle Huge shot the drivers with canons filled with stuffed toys and plastic balls.

The announcers were so funny our faces hurt from laughing. Check out the fun with The Huminator’s Helmet Cam and come see what these crazy drivers will do to win speed or Moxy points at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire – Powered by TekVenture.

Great Time Had by all at Detroit Maker Faire!

Maker Faire Fort Wayne event producer Jane Applegate joined by Doyle, Dale, Jeff and his friend.

Maker Faire Fort Wayne Event Producer Jane Applegate joined by Mark, Dale, Doyle and photobomber Esmerelda Strange.

We had a blast at the Detroit Maker Faire over the weekend! Thanks to The Henry Ford in Dearborn for being such great hosts.Their planning team rocks.

We visit with folks we’ve gotten to know over the years like Doyle Huge from Detroit who built GonKiRin, a 65′ fire-breathing dragon, and Mark Perez of San Fransisco, builder of The Life Size Mousetrap. We also got a few minutes with Dale Dougherty as he dashed off to the airport. Dale is Founder and CEO at Maker Media, Craft, Maker Faire and other successful brands and according to CNN, considered the “Father of the Maker Movement.” 

It was so exciting when I introduced artist and professional welder Jasmin Hartman who manages the welding arena at our Faire – Dale now wants to do a story on the need for more female welders and we inspired live welding at other Faires. As a matter of fact, met a female welder in my local coffee shop just yesterday. She’s now thinking about registering as a Fort Wayne Maker.

Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire® Nominated for Fort Wayne Newspapers Readers Choice Award!

After only 3 years, the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire – Powered by TekVenture has been nominated for Fort Wayne Newspaper’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Local Festival! Thanks to the Makers who’ve shared their projects, the folks who’ve planned the Faire, and those who’ve helped pay for it!!!

Now it’s up to you to get out the vote! – Deadline to vote is July 31, 2014.

Eugene the Giant Parade Puppet talking with his fans

Eugene the Giant Puppet talks with fans

Professional or amatuer. old or young, artist or prototyper, come one, come all.

If you like to tinker or are passionate about technology, art making, or any other projects you want to share with others, this is the event for you. Free to Makers who want to share their ideas, just apply by submitting your completed Call for Makers. A small fee applies to all other categories of Makers. Register now as a Maker, Commercial Maker or Vendor so we can promote you’ll be at the Faire.

2014 Call for Makers Now Open!

The Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire® – Powered by TekVenture is like no other event in that guests participate in experiential learning such as how to weld or solder while learning how Makers of the region and beyond go about turning their ideas into reality.

Alex Elko Shares His 2013 Maker Faire Art Project

Alex Elko Shares His 2013 Maker Faire Art Project

Music, food, and workshops will be available to curb those cravings for great entertainment and eating locally produced food.

At this unique event guests get to learn cool things about Makers, their projects and the tools, materials, and processes used to make them. Who knows which idea will change the world.

We hope you’ll find that maybe you’re a Maker too!

We’re currently looking for attraction ideas such as fun art cars, speakers, or quirky things in which the public might be interested.

There will also be projects to build so visit us at the Maker Faire to see what new skills you might learn.

If you like to tinker or are passionate about technology, art making, or any other projects you want to share with others, this is the event for you. Free to Makers who want to share their ideas, just apply by submitting your completed Call for Makers. Fees apply to all other categories of Makers.

This is a community driven event serving as a fundraiser for TekVenture so if interested in exhibiting, racing, or sponsoring, we’d love to hear from you.

Video

See What You Missed at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire

http://slashdot.org/story/13/10/22/1950206/scenes-from-the-fort-wayne-regional-maker-faire-video

Thanks to Slashdot.org for capturing the essence of the 2013 Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire! We had such a great time at the event this year. Thousands of people came from many states to meet our Makers and see their interesting projects. while learning about the tools, processes and materials used for a variety of interesting projects. Guests also got to have fun riding rides, making things, and trying their hand at new skills like soldering and welding. Thanks to all our Makers, guests, volunteers, sponsors, food vendors, entertainers and others who made this such a wonderful event and to Slashdot.org for capturing some of the memories!!!