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June 12, 2015 05:10 ET

National Maker Faire Celebrates Invention, Creativity, and Resourcefulness

Open-to-Everyone Event Launches the First Week of Making

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2015) - This weekend, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, entrepreneurs and inventors from across the nation, and a 15-foot cardboard origami dinosaur are convening for an open-to-everyone celebration of science, technology, and art. The inaugural National Maker Faire will be a unique festival of invention, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) creation, and resourcefulness held on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of District Columbia.

Produced by NationOfMakers.org and Maker Media, the National Maker Faire builds upon momentum from the first-ever DC Mini Maker Faire and the inaugural White House Maker Faire from last year. From June 12-18, 2015, the White House and community members across the nation are celebrating a Week of Making focused on broadening participation and fostering a culture to support "makers of things, not just consumers of things."

Attendees at this family-friendly, free event will have the opportunity to interact with technologies including electronic instruments, 3D printers, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects, textiles, crafting activities, homemade robots, and other exhibits. The event will showcase inventors from the local DC metropolitan area, as well as makers representing communities across America.

The National Maker Faire will celebrate diversity among makers, with representation from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as Tribal Colleges, and Federal agencies and departments, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Faire will host the American Innovation Speaker Series, with four panel presentations on Making across the United States: Exploring the Breadth of Making, Making in Communities and Education, Making in the Arts, and 3D Printing and Healthcare. Friday's program will feature a fireside chat on Women in Making with the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, and Founder and CEO of Brit + Co, Brit Morin.

Federal government technologists and innovation gurus are spearheading a "Making in Government" area, where they will gather ideas on how the government can collaborate with the Maker community. The Faire will showcase a diverse collection of projects from individuals and organizations, including Federal and local government, nonprofits, academia,� and industry.

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About MAKER MEDIA
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.

About Maker Faire
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 of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faire celebrated 131 Faires in 2014 alone and has reached over 2.3 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, CA, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first Make: magazine in 2005. The ninth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,100 makers and 130,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 830-plus Makers and 85,000 attendees. Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Silver Springs, San Diego, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Newscastle (UK), Berlin, Hannover, Trondheim, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo, Singapore, and Shenzhen host our "featured" larger-scale Maker Faires, and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally.

Located in San Francisco, CA, Maker Media has been widely credited with jumpstarting the worldwide Maker Movement, which has been a transforming force in innovation, culture, and education. In addition to publishing Make: magazine and producing Maker Faire, Maker Media develops "getting started" kits and books it sells through its Maker Shed store as well as other retail channels. Maker Media is based in San Francisco, and has offices in Sebastopol, CA and at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

About the Nation of Makers
NationOfMakers.org is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization focused on broadening participation in Making -- and providing opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) for all. NationOfMakers.org celebrates the creativity, ingenuity, and diversity of America's Maker community, and is proud to co-produce the National Maker Faire. The team includes individuals from the DC Mini Maker Faire team (AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, IDEASPACE, Revolution x Design, and the local DC community).

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