Maker Faire is Still Seeking Volunteers

Friends of making, it’s nearly that time again – the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire is just a few days away but there’s still time to Register to Volunteer! An event of this size takes many, many hands to ensure a good experience for all attendees and we need your help.DSCN0641

Still have a few slots open for welders and a variety of shifts for help at the front gate, Maker Shed/Raffle, Bike Valet and more.

Register as a volunteer to get in free AND receive a Tshirt for a few hours of your time.

And People Say you Can’t Make Metal Fly

Maker Jim Galbreath from Logansport, IN will be back for 2015 after a few years hiatus. Jim makes wonderfully unique metal sculptures like a dinosaur mailbox, a spider, or stylized bike rakes. You may have seen his work in the town square in Logansport – its a beauty of a couple dancing.

Jim’s been busy creating piece for Art Prize in Grand Rapids coming this fall. We’re lucky that our guests will first get to see it at Maker Faire Fort Wayne. It weighs 3,000 lbs. but not to worry, it’s much lighter than a real meteor on which he based the metal design.

Have an idea for something you want to have made, Attend Maker Faire Fort Wayne and let Jim or one of our other metal art Makers know.

Bring Your Found Crafting Supplies and Trade for Free!

Clean out your craft drawers and bring your “found objects” to the Maker Faire Swatch-O-Rama  for free trade! It could be fabric of any kind, glue, yarn, needles or other tools, buttons, paper, stamps, or any similar whatnots or doodads. Bring yours to the Faire and swap a swatch or something for making your next project, then let us know by showing it off at next year’s Faire!!!

Print Swatch-O-Rama flyer to post or pass on!

See A Bike That Will Mess With Your Brain

Shane Coker will back for Maker Faire Fort Wayne 2015.

20140914_165539Shane’s background is in industrial robotics and sheet metal fabrication. He sees his projects as art, but also as a launch point for good conversation. New this year, he’s bringing a bicycle with reversed controls. That is, you turn the handlebars right, the bicycle turns left. You can talk with him about how your brain works as you fail to ride this bike, and why you fail.

Also this year, back by popular demand: the Motorized Bicycle, the Chain Bike, and the Modified 1964 Schwinn. Ask him a question about any topic. He knows you will likely both learn something.

The Martians are Coming – Oh My!

New to Maker Faire Fort Wayne, The Goodrich Martians FIRST Robotics Teams, Team 494 The Martians, and Team 70, More Martians will be joining us. They’re bringing parade vehicles they’ve built which include a ʺTime Machineʺ powered by the fuel of the future, ʺBubblesʺ, also incorporates a programmable light disk to help provide for easier time travel (note the Time Machine group was founded in 2098 and has traveled back in time to attend Makers Faire); a ʺCupcake Carʺ is our most delicious vehicle, and a ʺGiant Robot Spiderʺ which is just creepy, scary, and interesting. Please enjoy them all.

Detroit Maker Faire This Weekend at The Henry Ford

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This is Detroit’s 6th year for what was an original flagship event for Maker Media in the early days of Maker Faire. There will be over 400 Maker Exhibitors along with the exceptional exhibits within The Henry Ford itself. Thanks to the Detroit planning team for teaching us how to do a Maker Faire.

Enter-the-RaceSuggest you pop on up to Detroit to enjoy the show and to support local Maker Scott Rizzo known for his “Twinkie Mobile”. Scott will represent Fort Wayne’s TekVenture as he goes undercover as “The Huminator” in the national Power Racing Series Circuit. Wish Scott luck that his car survives to race in the Fort.

Detroit Maker Faire Coming July 25 & 26

If you have the chance, pop up the beautiful Henry Ford Museum this weekend to experience the Detroit Make Faire.

They’ll have over 600,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and 400+ exhibitors at the Faire.  Looking forward to what’s in store along with the awesome car and other exhibits available for viewing.

We learned how to do a Faire from Shauna Wilson at the Henry Ford and her crack production team.  Thanks Shawna, you’re the best!

We’ll have Remote-Controlled Cars and Belt Sander Racing

Aaron Makin, famed for TekVenture’s Chain Reaction Challenge will be there with his remote controlled vehicle, pumpkin chunkin and belt sander racing. You may have seen Aaron on TV when his snowblower got picked up by the media last winter. The remote-controlled Barbie Car, turned lawn mower project he showed off at Maker Faire 2013 has since been converted into a snow blower (just into time for a horrible winter snowstorm.) Aaron was ultimately featured on CNN’s home page.

IT Issues Cause Registration to be Extended

We are so sorry. Due to a technical issue that was only recently brought to our attention, the Makers Tab on this website has temporarily disappeared even though the page is active. We are working with WordPress to debug the code but for those who we just met at TekVenture’s open house, and those who were just too frustrated to register because you were caught in a web loop, registration deadline is now 5pm, Monday, July 20.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We want to see your projects at the Faire!

Who assigned the marketing person to IT anyway? — The Management

Extended Maker Registration Deadline Closes – Midnight – July 15th

Midnight, July 15 is the extended registration deadline for 2015 Maker Faire Call for Makers RegistrationThe 5th Maker Faire Fort Wayne – Powered by TekVenture is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, August 8 & 9, 2015, at Headwaters Park East – Lincoln Pavilion, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Just a reminder we’re early this year so don’t forget to get registered. We’re looking forward to reviewing your application for this family friendly event to showcase your interesting projects.

It’s free to show off your work at Maker Faire and Commercial Makers can sell to the public for just $100. If your project isn’t finished, even better, bring it to the Faire and work on it there. We guarantee you’ll have learned something from someone and hopefully your project will be even better.

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Ideas for the Faire:

  • Kinetic or static sculpture
  • Robotics
  • CNC projects
  • Green Tech (energy production/monitoring, electric vehicles, etc)
  • Recycled or upcycled projects
  • DIY Science
  • Participatory activities (e.g., participatory activities such as silk screening or last year’s learn to solder, “Make and Takes” where guests walk away with something they’ve made)
  • Student projects
  • Radio
  • Rocketry
  • Unusual tools, machines, techniques
  • Whimsical technical creations
  • Unusual Craft projects or techniques
  • Craft materials and dodads for trading at the Swatch-O-Rama free trading post
  • Use of old and new technologies
  • Fixing and/or taking things apart
  • Cool bicycles of any kind
  • Art Cars
  • Bands to play on the entertainment stage
  • Entries for the Power Racing Series (modified kids electric ride-on vehicle races)

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