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The Hacktiques Roadshow Makes Its First Stop at Maker Faire Detroit

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As a tech-enthusiast, I’ve always enjoyed learning about new ideas and projects created by fellow makers. Maker Faire is one of my favorite ways to interact with other makers, observe innovative applications of technology and gather inspiration for my own projects. That’s why I’m excited to announce I’ll be joining more than 400 other modders in attending this year’s Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford on July 25-26.

At Maker Faire Detroit you’ll see everything from electronics to fashion, a celebration of the exceptional talent in the diverse maker community. While I’m at the Faire, I will not only be browsing those projects, but I’ll also be bringing the first ever Hacktiques Road Show event to Maker Faire Detroit as part of my weekly web series The Ben Heck Show, sponsored by the element14 Community.

A new twist on the well-known Antiques Roadshow series, the Hacktiques Road Show will showcase incredible projects created by up-and-coming makers. element14 and I are hoping to give some talented makers access to a unique platform on which they can introduce their work to a large audience of tech enthusiasts, hobbyists and engineers across the web.

But in order to find these featured projects, I need your help! If you’re going to be in the Detroit area the weekend of the 25-26 of July, and you’ve created a project that deserves to be seen, please visit this page to apply by May 22! We can provide up to 20 free passes if you haven’t already registered for the Faire. My team and I will choose and announce the selected projects by June 5.

I can’t wait to see what awesome projects come our way for the Hacktiques Road Show. See you all in Detroit.

Ben Heck is a guest writer for Maker Faire Detroit.

Tinker, hack and invent with Arts & Scraps

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If you’ve been to Maker Faire Detroit, you’ve probably seen Arts & Scraps. Having a lot of crafty fun with their Scrapmobile, the team at Arts & Scraps always bring imaginative projects for crafters of all ages to enjoy. This weekend they’ll be our featured makers at Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday in Henry Ford Museum. Get to know a little bit more about this organization.

What will Arts & Scraps doing during this week’s Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday?
Arts & Scraps will provide bulk materials for people of all ages to “create their own invention.” The project involves utilizing creativity, critical thinking, and mechanical engineering to design and build a personalized invention. Using the byproducts of industrial manufacturing, individuals will be able to adhere materials of various shapes, sizes, and consistencies together in a way that will allow them to invent a new product to help make their lives easier, by using their imagination.

What are some of the favorite crafting activities at Arts & Scraps?
Arts & Scraps provides projects and experiences of many different varieties. Projects include holiday-themed crafts, supplemental education kits, interactive learning opportunities at Scrap Junction and with our Scrapmobile.

What other projects is the team working on these days?
Arts & Scraps is heavily involved in the community on an ongoing basis. Working with our corporate partners and with the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers throughout the year, Arts & Scraps provides memorable learning experiences to over 275,000 local area children each year, and recycles between 26 and 28 metric tons of material. Arts & Scraps can be seen in the community at local events, in schools all over metro Detroit and beyond, as well as in local churches and municipalities. For more details on where you can find Arts & Scraps near you, feel free to check out our monthly calendar.

What’s one tool you can’t live without?
Our volunteers. No question about it.

What was your favorite part about Maker Faire Detroit this past year?
The energy. Meeting with all the inspiring makers, gleaning new and refreshing ideas from strangers, enjoying the attractions at The Henry Ford, and having the opportunity to be part of a truly unique and engaging experience has been a very special opportunity for Arts & Scraps that is most certainly greatly appreciated!

Hacking The Henry Ford

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When I first heard this a few months back, my jaw dropped. Hack the museum?! What?! Are you serious? What museum would even think of doing such a thing? Well, The Henry Ford would. We were indeed opening ourselves up to hacking, but not like you would first think.

Read more over on The Henry Ford blog.

Nerd Nite Detroit – Maker Faire Detroit Edition


Makers and the Maker Faire Detroit team are busy getting ready for the big show in two weeks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stop to have some fun before the gates open! Join the Maker Faire Detroit team and Nerd Nite Detroit for a “hacknologic” night of making and fun July 25 at Tangent Gallery in Detroit from 6-10 p.m. What can you expect? Here’s what Nerd Nite Detroit has to say:

Maker Faire is coming to The Henry Ford, but the Nerds at Nerd Nite have a chance to start the Making early. Join us July 25th for a special Nerd Nite 313 + Maker Faire mashup. See world famous death defying makers Ted Hansen, John Ackley, and Will Brick tinker/hack/invent/make/talk on the Nerd Nite stage, with special Maker Faire fun going down in the mezzanine. Avoid certain doom while thrilling to the spectacle of the knife fighting robot automatons! Enjoy tasty dinner and treats from our friends at Sidecar! Find us at the Tangent Gallery for a hacktackular Nerd Nite 313 in July.

To learn more about the event and register, click here. Make sure to like Nerd Nite Detroit on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest events and news.