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

Power Racing Series

Power Racing Series

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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Meet Your Makers: Team Hypnocube

Gene Foulk and Chris Lormont, Makers from Ann Arbor, MI, will back for their 3rd Maker Faire in Fort Wayne. Former software developers that decided to jump into hardware. They created the first proof-of-concept for what becameHypnocube’s first product in 2005.

Gene Foulk of Team Hypnocube at 2014 Fort Wayne Maker FaireThe original Hypnocube is a 4x4x4 LED box that includes a digital controller and USB interface used for controlling LED lights in specific fun patterns. They had seen a 10x10x10 version online that used red LEDs, thought it was cool, and much like most Makers, knew they could build a better version and offer more colors. Deciding to offer a kit version that could be assembled by customers, their first product was off and running.

Then in 2011 a kit customer asked if a product he had seen online was theirs. They bought one for the heck of it and it turns out the competitor was using their software for a commercial use product. Needless to say, a cease and desist was issued.

The good news is Hypnocube rolled out their second product in the form of a 8×8 model called the Hypnosquare, an ambient light display for home or office. The micro-controller controls 64 RGB LEDs in 51 distinct animated patterns and 10+ transition effects including thousands of colors. We’re lucky to have one at TekVenture. The company also adapted to customer needs and now offers both kit and assembled versions of both models.

Come meet Gene and Chris at Maker Faire Fort Wayne to see what new prototype they are working on. We’re sure it will add cheer to any holiday season. It will also be a game changer for anyone who has a project in which they want to control up to 10,000 LEDs. This is exciting as popular controllers on today’s market can only control up to 500 LEDsS.

Cirque AmongUs is Coming Back for Our 5th Year!

Many have asked if it’s true. It is. Cirque AmongUs will be back for the 5th consecutive Maker Faire Fort Wayne so if you need to hone up on your circus performance skills, now is your chance!Man on Dicycle

You may remember Sem Abrahams, Guinness Record holder for the world’s tallest unicycle ride at an unbelievable 110 feet!?! We’ve asked him to return with his crazy monocycle, the one-wheeled, motorized “vehicle” that this writer considers close to being a deathtrap.

Come to Maker Faire to learn fundamentals of circus arts – juggling, movement and balance – in a safe, fun-filled, and educational environment. Walk a tightrope, juggle, see if you can flip on o-rings or have fun riding a variety of custom wheeled cycles (for lack of a better word) Sem and his family have dreamed up and built.

Maker Faire 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. Who knows which idea will change the world. Maybe you’ll find that you’re a Maker too!