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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.

Call-to-Makers 2014 Has Closed

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Our call-to-makers for 2014 has closed. If you have a question about an application or involvement with this year’s Maker Faire Detroit, please email our Maker Relations Team at makerfairedetroit@thehenryford.org.

Call-to-Makers Deadline Approaching

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Makers! Don’t forget to get those applications submitted for the 2014 Maker Faire Detroit! The deadline to apply has been extended to June 20, 2014. Register here.

Looking Back: Maker Faire Detroit 2013

What does Maker Faire mean to you?

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As an employee at The Henry Ford, I have seen Maker Faire Detroit from two perspectives: one as an interested spectator, and the other as an attentive employee. However, I have always wondered what Maker Faire Detroit means to those who attend as actual makers. This year, I had the pleasure of discussing with a couple of makers the point of view they have while displaying their projects and products to the metro Detroit public. Continue reading

Download the 2013 Maker Faire Detroit App

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Stay up to date with everything going on at Maker Faire Detroit this weekend! This year’s app, brought to you by Compuware, allows you to search for makers by category or by name, look at each day’s schedule, and even create a personalized scheduled with your favorite Maker Faire Detroit events.

Download the app here.

Maker Faire Detroit 2013 parking and shuttle information

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Parking and Drop-Off
The Outdoor Midway of Maker Faire Detroit fills up the Henry Ford Museum parking lot, so for the weekend of July 27-28 there are a few parking alternatives. All parking and shuttles during Maker Faire Detroit are free. Continue reading