Denver Chosen To Host Region’s First Feature Maker Faire

Denver Chosen to Host Region’s First Feature Maker Faire. Image Credit: PRNewsfoto/Colorado Maker Hub

April 12, 2017 – The Colorado Maker Hub, a non-profit organization committed to celebrating the Maker Movement by connecting and educating Colorado makers, announced today that Denver has been selected to host the first Feature Maker Faire in the Rocky Mountains and surrounding states on October 14-15, 2017, at the Denver Mart. More than 150 cities around the world currently participate in Mini Faires to promote the Maker Movement, and Denver will join the esteemed group of 20 cities to host a Feature Faire such as Paris, Rome, Tokyo and Atlanta.

Maker Faire Denver is an all-ages festival that inspires, educates and entertains, propelling ideas into reality and passing curiosities into amazing creations. Makers come from all over the U.S. to share their cutting-edge inventions and artistry, as well as teach their craft to attendees—from woodworking to robotics. Colorado has hosted seven Mini Maker Faires since 2013, with as many as 4,000 attendees and 148 makers.

“At Maker Faire Denver, visitors have the chance to glimpse into the future, get hands-on in the creation process and leave with a renewed excitement for what’s possible,” explains Elise VanDyne, Executive Director of the Colorado Maker Hub. “Maker Faire inspires young and old alike to catch that spark of wonder, to mix it with tools, technology, and techniques to bring that inspiration to life.”

The graduation to a feature event means more awe-inspiring exhibits from makers around the country. The 2017 Maker Faire Denver aims to further accelerate the Maker Movement in this part of the U.S. and will feature hundreds of exhibitors, hands-on workshops and presentations with the sort of crazy twists one can only expect from a Maker Faire:

  • Engineering a Strandbeest
  • Mad Scientists
  • Music Makers for a sound petting zoo
  • Community arts and interactive projects
  • Inventing tools, woodcrafting, metalsmithing
  • Wearable tech, recycled fashion and textiles
  • Social Impact Inventions
  • And including other Faire favorites such as the Human Foosball table, Pokey the Fire Breathing Dragon, and the NerdyDerby.

    Lead sponsors for the event include Sparkfun, Denver Office of Economic Development and Epilog Laser. The Colorado Maker Hub independently produces the Maker Faire Denver in collaboration with Maker Media.

    “In JumpStart 2017, our annual strategic plan for economic development in Denver, the Office of Economic Development (OED) is intentional about supporting makers spaces—collaborative work spaces open to entrepreneurs of all ages who want to explore advanced digital design and manufacturing technologies. The Maker’s Faire in Denver this fall is a perfect example of bringing creative makers and innovators together,” said Turid Nagel-Casebolt, OED director of Business Development.

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