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2015 Maker Faire Detroit Blue Ribbon Winners

EditorsChoice150x150Each year the Maker Faire Detroit team awards makers with an Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon for “demonstrating great creativity, ingenuity and innovation for their Maker Faire project. Maker Faires across the country hand out Blue Ribbons to deserving makers and signify the highlights of that year’s event.

Here is the group of Blue Ribbon winners from Maker Faire Detroit 2015. Congratulations on your hard work!

Two Blue Ribbons
Ben’s Encore Wall of Sound
Detroitus CarCroach
DIY Pinball

One Blue Ribbon
Hot Wheels Big Loop
Digging Atari
Underwater Remote Vehicles
Oh Sew Betty
Melted Crayon Art
Kittens in QR Codes
Paper Roller Coaster
i3 Detroit Battleship
Mobile Talking Computer
Lego Clock
Needle Arts Zone (spinner – Erika Pfeiffer)
Ben’s Encore
Flying Toasters
The Great Maker Race
Needle Arts Zone
Cubicorn Games
Maker OS
Goodrich Martians
Thurston First Robotics
Vinny Gjokai Creations
Make Your Mark: Mark Montano & Great Lakes Beadworkers
Team 1250 / First Robotics
Detroit Drone Races
Model T STEM Project
Build a Bridge
Team 503 / First Robotics
Bees & Blossoms
501st Garrison
Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Square One
Pancake Bot
TechShop Detroit – SE Michigan Kayak Builders
Enable Hand 3-D Printing
i3 Detroit Does Art
UM Dearborn – Supermilage
Liter for Light
Moxie Personal Trains
Achieve Academy Auto Taxi
Shell Saltwater Car Races
The Mini Maker
First Robotics Team 301
Colossal Connect Four
Incose Golf Ball Drop
Oakland University

Maker Faire Detroit 2015 Presentations

Did you miss one of the lectures or panels during Maker Faire Detroit 2015? Head over to our YouTube channel to see this year’s great collection of presentations.

Looking Back: Maker Faire Detroit 2015

From all of us at The Henry Ford, thanks for making Maker Faire Detroit 2015 another success!

Beagle Board at Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire Detroit is here and it is a great opportunity for everyone in the US Midwest to get involved in making electronics and programming more fun and fulfilling. There will be a number of hands-on tutorial sessions with BeagleBone Black as well as presentations on using BeagleBone Black in 3D printing and electronics education. There will also be several give-aways at the booth for those who show up for the drawings. Throughout the weekend, several people will be presenting their own show-and-tell projects at the booth, so be sure to visit often.

Learn more about Beagle Board’s offerings to Maker Faire Detroit this year here.

Official Maker Faire Detroit App


Make the most of your visit to ‪#‎MakerFaireDetroit‬ this weekend by downloading our free app, created by our partners Lochbridge! You can learn more about the app and download it here.

Maker Faire Detroit 2015 Program



Our outdoor maker midway is all new this year and we can’t wait for our makers and guests to enjoy it this weekend. Take a look at this year’s official program to get an idea of what you can expect at Maker Faire Detroit 2015.

2015 Maker Manual Now Available

The 2015 Maker Manual is now online. You can find a copy here. All makers are responsible for reading this document and being familiar with its contents. Be sure to carefully review the new Maker Check-In information as there are changes for 2015.

What’s New at Maker Faire Detroit 2015


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 and Solar Roadways. 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, an organization 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

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.


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


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