There have been some questions about Maker Faire Bloomsburg the news from Maker Media about the restructuring of the company. We thought we would take a minute to assure you that Maker Faire Bloomsburg will continue moving forward. The Bloomsburg Maker Faire is in it’s 5th year and has proven to be one of our area’s most sought after events.
Here are some of the questions we’ve been getting, and the answers to go along with them. If you need further details, please contact us on Facebook.
Who is Maker Media, and what do they have to do with Maker Faires?
Maker Media published MAKE: magazine and created Maker Faire. They produced two Maker Faire events, San Francisco and New York, and they licensed the name to hundreds of community organizers around the world who produce more than 200 independent Maker Faire events.
The Bloomsburg Maker Faire continues to be successful and will continue. The Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire is Pennsylvania’s only Maker Faire.
As we mentioned, the production teams for these events license the trademarked Maker Faire name from Maker Media. There is brand recognition in the name and in the Maker Movement, and there is a collaboration between the organizations who run them.
Hang on, I still don’t know what a Maker Faire is. Can you explain?
Maker Faire events are an opportunity for curious people who enjoy learning to see what others in the community are working on. It’s a marketplace of ideas and experiments, where makers can show off their passion projects, hobbies, and more.
Maker Faire Bloomsburg, now in its 5th year. For 2020 we are bringing back many of our favorite past makers as well as welcoming new exhibits, makers and community groups.
So Bloomsburg Maker Faire is going on as planned?
Yes! We currently looking for exhibitors! Our “Call for Makers” to exhibit is open and you can go to the application by clicking HERE.
We love the Maker Media organization and the team that worked there. They helped us get Maker Faire Bloomsburg started, and they offered an incredible amount of help and advice to make it a better event year after year.
We need community support more than ever. Now is the perfect time to get involved if you want to continue Maker Faire in your local community.
Who runs Maker Faire Bloomsburg?
Maker Faire Bloomsburg is an all-volunteer event that is produced by the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum (501(c)3). We’ve been involved in Maker Faire for years, and plan on doing it forever.
If you’re interested in getting in touch with us or any of the Maker Faire organizers, let us know at BloomMakerFaire@gmail.com.
Why are there so many Maker Faire events around the world?
Being a maker isn’t something new. Artists, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, and others are all makers, and the sunshine state has some amazingly creative people living here. Getting together and finding a community where they can interact and learn from each other is a natural extension of that creativity.
That led to Maker Faire events as well as makerspaces. Makerspaces are membership-based facilities that offer different services usually based on shared access to tools that normally would be difficult to get on your own. Laser cutters, 3D printers, welding equipment, woodworking tools, and screen printing are a few examples.
How can I help?
Thank you for asking! Tell your friends! Invite your neighbors! Yell from the rooftops! (But only during the day, please!)
Register for the call for makers or attend the FREE Bloomsburg Maker Faire (April 18th 2020).
Follow Maker Faire Bloomsburg on Facebook.
All the proceeds from Maker Faire Miami go back into the local maker community, and we’re always looking for sponsors who value hands-on education and strong community-building events. We need your support now more than ever. The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth will go on!