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About the Washington DC Mini Maker Faire:
It all started after a Washington, DC policy panel on broadening access and participation in STEM education through technology….Originally the brainchild of AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows Dorothy Jones-Davis, and Warren (Trey) Lathe, and Kipp Bradford, co-founder and organizer of the second-ever Mini Maker Faire (the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire), the Washington DC Mini Maker Faire planning team quickly expanded. 

DC MMF logoWith encouragement by the  AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Program, it grew to include co-organizer, Brian Jepson (Maker Media), and founding sponsors: ideaspace, and The Capitol Riverfront, as well as partners from the local community, the federal and local government, non-profits, and industry, all coming together to bring the spirit of the Maker community to Washington, DC. Located in our Nation’s Capital, and following in the footsteps of recent area Mini Maker Faires (the Silver Spring and Northern Virginia Mini Maker Faires, respectively), the DC Mini Maker Faire was envisioned as a way to Show (and Tell) the world what a diversity of Washington DC makers have to offer the world.

More About DC Maker Activities, Including The White House Maker Faire:
​​W​e are excited about ​recent local Mini Maker Faires in Silver Spring, NoVA, and Greenbelt—and look forward to ​even more​ ​upcoming ​Mak​er opportunities​. Please note that our​ DC Mini Maker Faire i​s independently produced​ and separate from the upcoming (also first-ever) White House Maker Faire. ​​

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 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2013 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 Washington, DC.

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.