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What’s New at Maker Faire Detroit 2015

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Maker Faire Detroit returns to The Henry Ford for its 6th year on July 25-26 with a new location for the outdoor midway, new projects on display and more than 70 new makers debuting in Detroit for the first time.

New this year, visitors will see a three-story Hot Wheels ramp created by local engineer Matt West and his son Blade that is currently going for the world record for the largest Hot Wheels ramp. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get inside a 50-foot motion simulator rocket named the Astroliner. For music fans, Les Paul Sound Experience, a 53’ interactive state-of-the-art mobile experience offers hands-on interactives celebrating the great Les Paul. Also making their Maker Faire debut is Cirque Mechanics. Inspired by the modern circus, Cirque Mechanics is known for its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging through acrobatics and a bit of clowning around. In addition to new makers, Handmade Toledo has signed on to present the handmade arts and crafts portion of this year’s faire.

Fans of the Emmy-winning CBS series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation will have the chance to see some of the show’s featured innovators at Maker Faire Detroit including Liter of Light, Medical MacGyver, PancakeBot, Solar Roadways and Soloshot. Other special guests include celebrity modder Ben Heck who will be hosting a special display and speaking with makers for an episode of The Ben Heck Show, author and craft king Mark Montano joining the Great Lakes Bead Workers Guild for hands-on demonstrations and designer and innovative humanitarian Dara Dotz doing a special presentation on Field Ready, a 3D printing program focusing in on on-demand manufacturing in post-Disaster Zones.

For the sixth annual event, The Henry Ford will be moving the faire’s outdoor midway location from the Henry Ford Museum parking lot to the Lovett Hall lot located behind the museum. The new location provides guests more convenient parking opportunities and easier access to makers located both inside and outside the museum. A shuttle service sponsored by the University of Michigan-Dearborn will also be available at its Fairlane campus located at 1900 Hubbard Dr. in Dearborn.

We’ll be sharing more updates and news in the weeks to come leading up to the faire. See you all soon at Maker Faire Detroit!

Help Make Maker Faire Detroit Incredible

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Visiting Maker Faire Detroit is one of the best things to do in your free time. In fact, one of the few things that I can imagine that’s better than visiting Maker Faire Detroit is being a part of Maker Faire Detroit. We need people to make Maker Faire awesome.

You could be hanging out for a few hours with some of the makers from The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation on CBS like the creator of the PancakeBot.

Or you might help the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild and their special guest Mark Montano, author, TV Host, and Crafty King.

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Perhaps you like to work with your hands. You could teach people to solder, build a rocket, or create melted crayon art. You could even help them run a Hot Wheel car on a large looping track.

By helping out in one of these areas, you’ll get receive a Maker Faire Detroit t-shirt and a free one-day ticket to Maker Faire.

You can sign up to volunteer here and choose what you will do to make Detroit Maker Faire 2015 unforgettable.

Report from the Field: Maker Faire Bay Area 2015

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The weekend of May 15-17, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of Maker Faire Bay Area, a flagship festival of the Make movement. I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend the Faire in order to speak about The Henry Ford’s recent acquisition of the Apple 1 computer. On Saturday morning, as I climbed the Make:Live Stage to present images and stories gathered from the auction, its arrival to the museum, and video of the computer operating—I was happy (okay, I’ll admit, even a little nervous)—to see a crowd of over 100 enthusiastic people gathered. The appeal of the Apple 1 and the museum’s excitement about its acquisition was well-understood by the extremely attentive audience.

After the presentation, I had time to take in a little of the festival, and am happy to report that the Maker movement is alive and very well in the world. Here are a few of my favorite moments from the weekend: Continue reading

Call to Makers Deadline Extended

Thanks to all the makers who have submitted applications so far for Maker Faire Detroit 2015.  We are extending the deadline to June 8, 2015. If you have any questions about participating at Maker Faire Detroit, please email the team at makerfairedetroit@thehenryford.org.

Maker Faire Detroit Pre-Party

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Ready to celebrate Maker Faire Detroit? Join other makers at OmniCorpDetroit Friday, July 25, for a Maker Faire Detroit pre-party!

Maker Faire Detroit Lodging Update

Due to a busy weekend in the greater Dearborn area July 26-27, hotel rooms have been filling up quickly. However, we’ve secured a small block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Southgate for makers and attendees. Please call the hotel directly at 734.283.4400 and ask for the “Maker Faire rates.” Doubles are $109.99 and king rooms are $99.99.

How to Make the Most of Maker Faire Detroit 2014

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Maker Faire Detroit is just a few days away. Soon Henry Ford Museum will be buzzing with more than 400 makers from around the country showing off their latest projects to curious guests Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. If you’re joining us for the big event, we’ve got a few tips to help you plan your visit that will help make this another over-the-top Maker Faire Detroit.

Where Should I Park?
Parking at The Henry Ford is at a premium the weekend of Maker Faire Detroit. (The Outdoor Midway of Maker Faire Detroit fills our museum parking lot). To alleviate congestion around The Henry Ford we have partnered with the University of Michigan-Dearborn to provide a free parking and shuttle service to Maker Faire Detroit. The free shuttle parking lot is at the U of M Dearborn Fairlane Center Campus on Hubbard Drive. The alternate parking and shuttle will allow for an easy, relaxing beginning to your exciting day at Maker Faire Detroit! Continue reading

Join The Innovation Modelers

The Innovation Modelers Club is a social club comprised of model makers with years of experience from the automotive industry creating functional models and prototypes. We meet the first Saturday of the month at Henry Ford Museum for networking and a presentation. Whether you’re interested in carpentry, robotics, rapid prototyping, or any other skill, join us! This month, we are very fortunate to have Ron Williams of Ron Williams Design as our presenter on August 2 at Henry Ford Museum.

Mr. Williams has many years of experience in various skills of modeling and prototyping concepts and production products. He has worked on several nationally and internationally recognized design and prototype projects. Including one of my favorites, the Lingenfelter Trans Am concept!

Feel free to visit Ron Williams’ website to learn more about him. To join Innovation Modelers Club, visit our website. And to keep up on what’s new with Innovation Modelers Club, like our Facebook page.

Michael Levich is Design Coordinator at Innovation Factory.

Three Lessons Eighth Graders Taught Innovation Garage About Innovation

No matter what type of activity we work with our clients, an innovation workshop, Chamber of Commerce event, innovation accelerator, invention session, or coaching a team in a development process, there is a common question that always comes up.

Why is innovation such a difficult concept for most adults?

Read more about innovation inspiration from Maker Faire Detroit sponsor Innovation Garage over on their blog.

Download the Maker Faire Detroit App

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Stay up to date with this year’s Maker Faire Detroit app. You’ll find a Special Savings area that features a coupon code good for 25% off one-day admission (available for advanced tickets sales only and redeemable until July 19). Download the Maker Faire Detroit app in the Google Play or Apple App stores.