It's true that the DC Mini Maker Faire is free, but signing up for a ticket will help us to gauge how many people will be coming and will help us plan our exhibits and interactive displays so that we will have enough materials for everyone to take part and enjoy.
Can I donate to the DC Mini Maker Faire?
Yes you can! Simply sign up for a "Donation" ticket - and donate the amount that you'd like to contribute.
We'll be open from 11am to 7pm.
Visit the Yards Park parking PDF document for information on parking.
Please see the information on our web site.
To have a fantastic time! You'll be surprised and intrigued with every corner that you turn.
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 first Mini Maker Faire (the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire), the Washington DC Mini Maker Faire planning team quickly expanded.
With 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.
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 heldin San Mateo, CA and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagshipevent, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 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 DC.
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.
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