We attended and greatly enjoyed the Akron Mini Maker Faire on November 2, 2013 (see our blog post), so we were excited to be able to attend the Cleveland event this year. (We missed the first Cleveland Mini Maker Faire last year.) As the date of March 29, 2014, approached, we heard that the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire (MakerFaireCleveland.com - @MakerFaireCleve) was going to be huge -- and it was!
Here are some facts about the event from the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire website:
Over 100 Makers (up from fewer than 50 last year)
More sponsors this year!
Please see the list of participating Makers and more details of the event in the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire 2014 Program.
We are posting this as our way of thanking all the participating Makers for sharing their knowledge, and to the sponsors who made it possible. Here are our photos and tweets from the day. If you attended, we hope they bring back memories of the good times you had at the event. If you did not attend, perhaps this will encourage you to attend the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire in 2015.
MAKER FAIRE HAS AN APP! Just download the app "Yapp" and follow this link: http://t.co/XnFcPV1KVu— makerfairecleveland (@makerfairecleve) March 27, 2014
Be sure to follow @techcentral_cpl to stay posted on all the exciting technology, classes & fun at TechCentral at Main Library.— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) March 28, 2014
@CDPUG good to see all your volunteers at today's event.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) March 30, 2014
Thanks @sos_jr for stopping at our table at the Mini Maker Faire and giving some hints of other tech fun to check out.— Ohio3D (OSPS) (@Ohio3D) March 30, 2014
Next meeting is 7PM April 1st, no joke! It's open projector night, so bring your short programs on a flash drive. http://t.co/LhOYrJws9C— Ohio3D (OSPS) (@Ohio3D) March 31, 2014
What Others Say
We always like to include what others wrote about events we attended. If you know of additional articles, please feel free to add them in the comment section below.
Cleveland Public Library has hands-on fun with 'Mini Maker Faire' event on Saturday: Kristel's CLE
By Kristel Hartshorn (@Kristel_CLE), Northeast Ohio Media Group (@NEOMG_news) on March 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM, updated March 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM
Cleveland's Mini Maker Faire shows off do-it-yourself projects and unbelievable technology: Kristel's CLE
By Kristel Hartshorn (@Kristel_CLE), Northeast Ohio Media Group (@NEOMG_news) on March 29, 2014 at 6:38 PM, updated March 29, 2014 at 7:29 PM
The Cool Cleveland (@CoolCleveland) website has several videos about the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire.
- Witness Technology Meet Reality at the Mini Maker Faire! @IngenuityFest @Cleveland_PL's
- VIDEO: CoolCleveland Hears from @GoRovar, @CleInstituteArt and @CWRU at @MakerFaireCleve
- VIDEO: @IngenuityFest Hints at Date and Location for 2014 Festival at @MakerFaireCleve in the @Cleveland_PL #CMMF Be sure to see this Cool Cleveland video that hints at the date and location for the next IngenuityFest!
The most important thing about the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire is NOT what occurred just that one day. What is truly exciting is that the Makers who presented at the event are doing activities year-round in our community. See anything that interests you? Then we recommend reaching out to the Makers and becoming a participant in what they do. See the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire 2014 Program for the list of Makers at the event, plus watch our weekly blog posts for announcements of tech and social media events that you may find interesting.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library (@AkronLibrary) has confirmed that there will be an Akron Mini Maker Faire (MakerFaireAkron.com) in the fall. There will also be a Cleveland Mini Maker Faire (MakerFaireCleveland.com - @MakerFaireCleve) in 2015. Watch their websites and Twitter feeds for announcements.
The Bal Ingénieux is Saturday, May 3, 2014. It is a "night of jazz, circus, burlesque, dance, debauchery, and more..." fundraiser for IngenuityFest. Learn more at the BalIngenieux.com website.
Watch the Ingenuity Cleveland website (IngenuityCleveland.com), and the @IngenuityFest tweets, for more details about their potential partnership with the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (@Rock_Hall) and the Great Lakes Science Center (@GLScienceCtr) for IngenuityFest 2014, the last weekend of September.