Connecticut’s First Maker Faire Event!

WESTPORT, Connecticut, March 5, 2012 – Calling all Makers!  The first official Maker Faire event in Connecticut is coming to Westport on Saturday, April 28!

 

Mike Ogrinz with one of his first robots in 1979 and with his B9 robot that will be at the Westport Mini Maker Faire.

Do you love to make things or see how things are made? Have you made or seen something—anything—different, amazing or innovative? Know someone who has? Have an idea for something wild that needs to be made? If so, the inaugural Westport Mini Maker Faire is for you. It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness – a celebration of the Maker movement – to take place inside the Westport Library and on Jesup Green from 10 am to 4 pm.

Maker Faires are places where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, musicians, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

Here’s what Bedford Middle School teacher and Organizing Committee member Kerstin Warner said about Maker Faires:

“The cool thing about them is how accessible they are, how open-ended and truly creative.  There’s everything from inventions to workshops on how to make or program things, to circus performers, artists, great food and visitors wandering around in a wide range of costumes – it’s anything goes, really,” said Warner. “We hope hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students who tinker outside of the everyday spotlight will join us.”

Call for Makers

If you’re a Maker and would like to apply to be an exhibiting Maker at the Faire, submit your application at www.westportmakerfaire.org.  Typical makers run the gamut of science, art, performance, crafts and engineering.  Deadline for Maker Applications is Sunday, April 1, 2012. “We are extremely proud to offer the stage to our community Makers and hope you will join us!” said Mark Mathias, co-chair of the event.

The Westport Mini Maker Faire is presented by CLASP Homes in partnership with the Westport Library.  CLASP Homes is an organization based in Westport dedicated to providing services for adults with mental disabilities and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012.  “The Library is thrilled to be part of this event. It’s the kind of thing we support and encourage—helping the community come together on something new and innovative, something that allows people to connect and create,” said Library Assistant Director and event co-chair Bill Derry.

About Maker Faire

The inaugural Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com) was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2011 celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events are now being produced around the United States and the world.

For more info, contact Roy Fuchs at royfuchs@snet.net or (203) 856-4321 or visit the web site www.westportmakerfaire.org.