Do you remember your school Science Fair? Do you remember how exciting it was to try and create something you thought was new? You can now recapture that feeling once again by participating in what is known as “The Maker Movement” in one of the many locations around the world.
The Maker Movement is organized by Maker Faire for many Maker Faires around the world. So what is Maker Faire anyway? It is part science fair, live art exhibit, Burning Man Festival, and garage inventor meeting, Maker Faire provides a venue for like-minded creators to meet and be inspired. This is a creative space that’s tailor made for tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. The teaser video below helps better introduce the Maker Movement.
Maker Faire Teaser Video:
Started in San Francisco, CA in 2006, Maker Faire has spread to local Faires all over the world including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen. You can find a local Faire closest to you and join the Maker Revolution.
Maker Faire Map of festivals around the world:
What makes Maker Faire so exciting is that it puts the focus of developing new and innovative products back on the general public rather than just waiting for a large tech company to create it for us. If Maker Faire existed back in the 1970s, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak definitely would have gone to present their new, garage-invented computer known as “Apple”. If you’ve ever had an idea for a great product, or new artistic expression, then this is the perfect place to test out your work in progress. The collaboration, networking and education with other like-minded people are major benefits of these Faires as well. You could be the next Steve Jobs or Wozniak. Just go ahead and build the idea you have been thinking about.
So go, build, tinker, create and burn down your garage (OK, not the last one), but most importantly invent! Now you have a place and other people to keep you inspired.