10 Years in the MAKE-ing

The Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is in its third year, but it seems like just yesterday that we were setting up tents and welcoming makers and attendees to our very first event. We know first-hand that the excitement of Maker Faire is inspiring, infectious and continues to grow every year, with 2015 marking the 10-year anniversary of MAKE.

Dale Dougherty, the founder of Maker Media and Maker Faires was featured in a recent Fast Company article reflecting on the past 10 years  and how the widespread visibility and recognition and adoption of making has been catalyzed by MAKE initiatives.  The article also gives a sneak peak into MakerSpace, a new online community for makers to share their work and process with other makers worldwide.

Makerspace site

Interested makers can sign up for the beta phase now, and the full site (free!) is expected to launch soon.

Another reflection is the 2014 MakerFaire Yearbook video, which provides a great snapshot of just last year’s activities – and our event is included! Check it out:

Early Bird Deadline is TODAY!

There are 6 hours left until the Early Bird application deadline!

This year, Makers who submit by the regular deadline (June 15th) will have the opportunity to identify their preferred booth location, with Early Bird applicants receiving priority. As an added bonus, those who submit their application by midnight tonight will be entered into our Early Bird raffle for the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

So far, we have 7 Early Bird Maker applicants: Adler Teens, Chicago Children’s Museum, CodeCreate, FrankenToyMobile, LevelUP, People’s Gas Youth Ambassadors, and Science Fist.

We look forward to seeing you and your awesome projects at the faire!

Volunteer With Us!

The 3rd Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is headed back to the Ford City Mall on August 8, 2015 and we are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to assist us in making this day one to remember!

Would you like to experience a Maker Faire first hand? Do the terms innovation, technology, do-it-yourself (DIY), and art tickle your fancy? If you answered yes to both of these questions, we would love to have your help in bringing the fun, play, and magic of the Mini Maker Faire to the Southside of Chicago.

Volunteer With Us!

Whether you are a seasoned volunteer or new to volunteering with us, every hand can be put to use. To join our team of volunteers, signup here. Be prepared to meet local makers, experience fun activities, and make a difference by volunteering with us! If you should have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our Volunteer Coordinator Shatoria Lunsford via email at volunteer@ChicagoSouthsideMakerFaire.com. We look forward to working with you!

2015 Call for Makers is OPEN!

The Call for Makers application for the 2015 Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is now OPEN! If you are working on something awesome, share it with other Makers and Maker enthusiasts.

Maker deadline is June 15th.

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Visit Our Friends from the Northside

The Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is still 3 months away BUT this Saturday (May 2, 2015) our friends at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire will be hosting their 4th annual event at Carl Schurz High School (3601 N Milwaukee). Stop by between 10am and 4pm to visit with their large collection of Makers.

They have an exciting group of exhibitors coming out this year. Some of them include walking robots, squishy circuits, magnetic circuitry, and interactive art! It is free to attend and guaranteed to be a fun time for the entire family so invite a friend or two.

Check out their website for more details.

Call for Makers Opens May 1st!

We are SO excited to be returning to Ford City Mall for our third annual event on Saturday, August 8, 2015.  This year will be even bigger and better than before, and we’re looking forward to a great day of learning, making and sharing!

The Call for Makers will officially open on Friday, May 1st, so check back for the full announcement, more details and a link to the application site.

But you don’t have to wait until May 1st to start thinking about your submission…there are some very special advantages for those who submit earlier in the process. So get those ideas cranking; we can’t wait to see them!

Happy New Year Makers!

Happy New Year from the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire Production Team!

As we enter 2015, we are gearing up for another year of making including the 3rd Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire in August. Look out for further details.

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Happy Making!