It’s No Joke – Maker Faire Fort Wayne is Coming August 8 & 9

We know. We do a horrible job of wrapping up after Maker Faire Fort Wayne but it’s because we’re so sad its over each year.  Plus this year has been extra busy as TekVenture has moved from our trailer to a new building at 1800 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN.

We are happy however to announce that although it’s April Fool’s Day, we really are accepting registrations from interested exhibitors for Maker Faire 2015.

This event was designed as a fun forum for Makers to share projects so join us on August 8 & 9 at Headwater Park East. You will connect with other Makers and learn about their interesting projects. Plus, you’ll get to strut your own stuff and get a rare chance to engage in creative collaboration with Makers of all kinds that represent a vast number of disciplines.

Ariel shot of Wet Swing Set built by TekVenture Makers that premiered at the 2012 Faire.

Ariel shot of Wet Swing Set built by TekVenture Makers that premiered at the 2012 Faire.

We’re looking for the weird and the wonderful, the bold and outrageous, the plain Jane and the birds-of-many-a-feather at Maker Faire Fort Wayne. Our motto is 1 of everything and 5 of nothing (just make it family friendly please.)

Register by completing a Call for Makers – due no later than July 4th. Space is limited so get your registration in early – we want to make sure to have room for you and to promote you’ll be at the Faire!

The Clock is Ticking – Buy Early Bird Tickets and Save

In an effort to bring Maker Faire to you in a more affordable way, purchase tickets online and save $2 per ticket or take advantage of the Family Ticket Package (up to 2 Adults & 2 Youth.)

DSCN0641Early bird ticketing is available through Midnight, Friday, Sept. 12 for this family-fun festival to make, create and be inspired. See adults ride modified kids electric cars, learn to solder or weld, see glass blowing, enter a Mini Maker Challenge, ride rides create Make & Takes and more!

Once you attend, you’ll walk away planning a project to enter next year.

Hope to see you at the Faire!

Volunteer Opportunities Still Available

This event can’t be produced without wonderful people who volunteer.

Give a shift – get a shirt and free entry!

You choose what day, times and assignments work best for you.


The Bicycle Museum of America to Exhibit at Maker Faire

We are so excited to share the history of bicycles through an exhibit provided by The Bicycle Museum of America.

Old fashioned highwheeler

Old fashioned highwheeler

Come to Maker Faire to see an Ariel highwheeler, a Shire Bone-shaker or something that might be raced in the Tour De France.

The origins of the Museum come from the Schwinn Bicycle collection. In 1997, Jim Dicke II of Crown Equipment Corporation, a manufacturer of electric lift trucks, purchased the extensive collection of bicycles and memorabilia in Chicago and moved the collection to New Bremen, OH.

From wood, to mass-produced, to titanium, come see how bicycle Makers have solved problems that have transformed the industry over time.

Buy Early Bird Tickets and Save!

One of the challenges of putting on a Maker Faire is paying for it as we want to continue offering it free for Makers to show off their projects. This means we have to charge guests to attend.

In order to help, purchase tickets online thru Eventbrite and save $2 per ticket or donate any amount to help us make a better Maker Faire.

Members of the Hudson Family offer a free art-making activity.

Members of the Hudson Family and Potter’s Wife Gallery will offer a free art-making activity.

We’ve also moved from Weekend to Family Pass this year to help offset guest expense.

We’re sure once you attend Maker Faire, you’ll understand the value of make-and-takes, learning opportunities, and fun had by all as Maker Faire really is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

Maker Registration Extended to August 29

Hello Makers. We know some of you have been intending to register for Maker Faire 2014 but you just haven’t had the time. In order to help you out, we’ve extended registration thru August 29. Please get your registrations in so we can meet all your needs to ensure a great Faire for you and our guests.

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.