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What does Maker Faire mean to you?


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


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

2013 Schedule Now Live


Can’t wait to see what we’ve got in store across our stages this year? Head over to the schedule page. Make sure to check often as the schedule is subject to change. For the latest information, look for the 2013 Maker Faire Detroit app in the iTunes store.

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.

The countdown is on to Maker Faire Detroit 2013


I looked at my calendar and gasped this morning – Maker Faire Detroit 2013 is just 12 days away! Thanks to events like Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturdays at Henry Ford Museum this year, we’ve always got Maker Faire on the brain. But now we’ve REALLY got it on the brain with just a few days remaining until showtime. Continue reading

Maker Faire Meetup at Midsummer Market Saturday


Join us this Saturday, July 13, in Detroit for a pre-Maker Faire meetup at The Metro Times and Detroit Mercantile Co.’s Midsummer Market! Join us from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a meetup with DIY author Eleanor Whitney. Eleanor is stopping in Detroit as part of her midwest book tour this month as she promotes Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job. The book is a “a practical field guide for creative people with great ideas for independent projects that shows the way to success and sustainability on your own terms.”

You can learn more about the event by RSVP-ing on Facebook. To see what Crain’s Detroit has to say about the event this weekend, take a look here.

Watch for Maker Faire Detroit on TV

Our latest commercial is now live! What do you think?

Call for entries: Hack the Museum at Maker Faire Detroit


It’s not too often that we invite guests to hack Henry Ford Museum. But at Maker Faire Detroit this year, you’ve now got a chance to do so!

During the weekend of July 27-28, we’ll be hosting a hackathon in the museum with our partners at Compuware. We’re looking for up to 25 teams of four people to try and solve a challenge, issued right before the faire begins, based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of concept
  • Overall application design
  • Overall quality/experience
  • Incorporation of The Henry Ford digital assets
  • Incorporation of other external sources – APIs, content, etc.
  • Crowd-source Challenge (to be explained in the challenge packet)

What’s up for grabs for winning the challenge? Along with receiving the notoriety and recognition of winning Maker Faire Detroit’s first hackathon, prize packages will be awarded to the top three teams:

  • Family Flex + Rides Annual Member Pass ($305 value)
  • annual subscription to MAKE Magazine ($35)
  • winners will be featured in THF OnMaking

Think you can hack it? Apply here.

Tinker, hack, and invent with Cyber Young


Rounding out our lineup today for Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday is Cyber Young. Cyber was designed and created by several FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Techology) high school robotics teams. Look familiar? He threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game last August AND he’ll be returning to hurl a pitch on Tuesday, July 9, at Comerica Park. Let’s learn more about Cyber Young. Continue reading