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Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire 2011 – Video produced by Stephen Parker.

What is Maker Faire?: “The Maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age.”

The New York Times

Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire – Powered by TekVenture is a family-friendly event to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

Join us August 8 & 9, 2015 under the Lincoln Pavilion at beautiful Headwaters Park East, Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the 5th annual event to celebrate Makers and the cool things they make.

The Call for Makers is now open!

Volunteer to help make it happen.  Work a shift and receive free entry and a T-shirt!

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Learn about The People bringing you this event.

Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselves — from James Bond-worthy electronic gizmos to Martha Stewart-quality “slow made” foods and homemade clothes. Inspiration is ubiquitous at the festival and there are surprises around every corner for people of all ages.

Art making activity for Kids provided by             The Potter’s Wife Gallery

WHAT YOU WILL SEE AT FORT WAYNE REGIONAL MAKER FAIRE – Powered by TekVenture

ROCKETS & ROBOTS • DIY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY • ARTS & CRAFTS • BICYCLES • ELECTRONICS • ARTISAN FOODS • URBAN FARMING • SUSTAINABLE LIVING • WOODWORKING • CIRCUIT BOARDS • RACING • ALTERNATIVE ENERGY VEHICLES • FIRE ARTS • LIVE MUSIC • ART CARS • ARDUINO & KITS • RASPBERRY PI • AND SO MUCH MORE!

About Maker Faire:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1,000 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo were the home of “featured” 2014 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Fort Wayne.

June 18, 2014 was declared National Maker Day and the first ever Maker Faire was held at the White House.  The Maker Movement has now reached mainstream as the highest leaders of our nation realize that making is our future.

About MAKE Magazine:


MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Subscribe here.

 Besides the magazine and the faire, MAKE is:
  • a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions
  • a book publishing imprint with best-in-category titles on introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and more.

About TekVenture Incorporated:

TekVenture is a member-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit art and technology laboratory and workshop where the public will engage with tools, materials, and mentors to make things.

Recently located at the former Allen County Sweeper Co. at 1800 Broadway, Fort Wayne, Indiana, TekVenture is the intersection between imagination, technology and community.

As a unique twist, after learning the building’s owners received a 2014 Commercial Facade Grant awarded by the City of Fort Wayne, we were contacted by old friend Johnathan Brouwer, grandson of the building’s builder. Brouwer said, “It’s really neat and fitting TekVenture will be located in this building based on it’s rich heritage of innovation starting with my grandfather’s automotive and tire business, to an electronics company to the American Sweeper Company operated by Dale Skaggs. Now TekVenture Makers can carry on that tradition.”

Volunteers have spent months digging through an urban archeological dig discovering all sorts of neat treasures in this iconic building from the late 40’s.

TekVenture officially opened on 3.14/15 with the introduction of our newly remodeled Rapid Prototyping Center. The balance of the building is being brought to code but our goal is to open machining, robotics and woodworking labs by late June.

In addition top membership, the public can connect through workshops, user groups, and community building projects.

While searching for a permanent home, TekVenture has operated the Maker Station in partnership with the Allen County Public Library, a 50′ trailer located at the ACPL lot at Webster and Washington St. It held a variety of old and new tools for helping people explore and learn about processes used so that they may in turn, start making things.

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