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Call to Makers Extended

#MEDIA-3468_MakerFaireButtons 2013 (FINAL)

Thanks to all the Makers who have submitted their applications early – our team is going through them now and we are accepting on a rolling basis (if you’ve applied as a commercial crafter, those spots will be jury selected following the cut-off date). For those who need additional time, we have extended the Call for Makers one week until June 14.

Makers apply here for Maker Faire Detroit 2013.

Maker Faire Detroit 2013 Tickets Now Available for Purchase

It’s that time again! Tickets are now on sale for Maker Faire Detroit 2013. Check out our Attend page for prices and The Henry Ford’s website to pick up your tickets now.

Tinker, Hack, Invent with University of Detroit Mercy


For April’s installment of Tinker, Hack, Invent Saturday, we’ve got another duo taking up shop inside Henry Ford Museum. Our friends from TechShop Detroit are back again building and launching rockets for all to enjoy. New to our Saturday programming is University of Detroit Mercy‘s engineering department. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineery Darrell Kleinke spent some time with us chatting about this weekend’s program and what you and your family can look forward to.

Read the full article over on The Henry Ford’s blog.

Culture Lab Detroit’s Evening of Conversation and Collaboration


Join area innovators in learning more about Detroit’s surge of creativity and ideas on Thursday, April 18, at the College for Creative Studies for an evening of conversation and collaboration with David Stark. David is a world-renowned event designer, author, and installation artist. Joining David that evening will be Mark Binelli, Michael Rush, Toni Griffin, and Daniel Caudill. You can learn more about the event, hosted by Culture Lab Detroit, here.

Maker Corps at The Henry Ford

Each summer, The Henry Ford inspires thousands of children and youth guests. This summer, we are proud to announce an opportunity for those interested in being pioneers in education and leadership to spend their summer helping us inspire future innovators. Avid makers who work well with others and like to share what they know can join The Henry Ford in spreading creativity and ingenuity through innovative, hands-on learning.

The Maker Education Initiative is recruiting Maker Corps members to serve as near-peer mentors and role models for young makers. And they’ve chosen The Henry Ford as one of their host sites! Two Maker Corps members will be selected and trained to work at The Henry Ford, approximately 20-40 hours/wk., for the summer of 2013.

The Maker Corps members at The Henry Ford will be working with the Education Department to help inspire young innovators all summer long through our Tinker Hack Invent Saturdays and Maker Faire Detroit.

If you are or know a young adult “maker” (at least 18 years old by April 1, 2013) interested in resume-building, learning new skills, and becoming part of a national network of makers, then apply here. The application deadline is approaching quickly, so be sure to apply by midnight on March 1!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Christopher Hemler, Curator of Education – Youth, Adult, and Family Programs by emailing him at christopherh [@] thehenryford [dot] org or by calling him at 313-982-6036.

Looking Ahead: Maker Faire Detroit 2013

Thank you so much for another wonderful Maker Faire Detroit last summer! Whether you were a returning maker, a brand-new maker, a guest or a hard-working volunteer, your enthusiasm helped make this our most successful Maker Faire Detroit to date.

Since we first presented Maker Faire Detroit in 2010, more than 65,000 visitors have watched, explored, and tinkered with some of the region’s most innovative ideas. It’s always so inspiring to see both inside and outside of Henry Ford Museum turn into a playground for amazing ideas at the end of every July.

Some important dates of note coming up:

Call to Makers: April 1
Tickets on Sale: May 8
Maker Faire Detroit 2013: July 27-28

Our team is busy putting the 2013 plan together for Maker Faire Detroit. We welcome your ideas and suggestions – please send them to us at makerfairedetroit [at] thehenryford [dot] org.

If you’d like to participate in next year’s Maker Faire Detroit, make sure to check back here for updated information. You can also like us on Facebook to receive the latest event news and meet other area makers and fans.

The countdown is on – almost six months until Maker Faire Detroit 2013!

Download the Maker Faire Detroit App

Go to iTunes or Google Play for Compuware’s official Maker Faire Detroit App. It’s free, has a schedule, a map and one very cool and fun augmented reality maker puzzle quest. Learn more about it on the Maker Minutes Feature.


Compuware makes the app: A Maker Minutes Feature

Get the free App for Android and Apple products here at the iTunes store.

Compuware Corp. will for the second year be the  Maker of  the Maker Faire Detroit app. Upping the technology of last year’s fun puzzle quest – this year, visitors will have the opportunity to use augmented reality technology and build a cool 3-D robot that’ll come to life as they discover and scan codes placed at various exhibits.

The app also has convenient schedule and event map components.

In the Maker Minutes video below, Tim Fisher at Compuware, demonstrates how it will work.

New items added to schedule

More Mentos and Coke fun this year with the EepyBird Coke Zero and Mentos Spectacular at 5 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. (Check out the power of Mentos in this shot is from last year's Mentos and Coke racing.)

Check out the updated schedule page when planning your day at Maker Faire Detroit. The page will be updated as more items are added.

Keep in mind, this schedule may be subject to change. 

Want a FREE ticket to Maker Faire Detroit? Volunteer!

As the Midwest’s largest DIY festival, the two-day, family-friendly Maker Faire Detroit has something for everyone – a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker mindset.

And we’ll let you in on a little secret…there’s a way to attend this fantastic event, absolutely free – by volunteering!

There are lots of great reasons to volunteer at Maker Faire Detroit, but perhaps the best reason is that volunteers have a fabulous time!  Here are some of the comments from our volunteers from the past two Faires:

 “Everyone that I worked with was interesting.”

 “I loved working the Faire and meeting the maker/crafters.”

 “I had a great time.”

 “I enjoyed this unique volunteer event and look forward to next year.”

 “I was one of this year’s Maker Faire volunteers.  I was only able to work one shift, but I had so much fun.  The Faire itself was nothing short of amazing!”

Other great reasons to volunteer for Maker Faire Detroit 2012 include:

  • Choose the time and the position you fill while volunteering.
  • Receive a FREE exclusive Maker Faire Detroit crew T-shirt to wear during your shift.
  • Receive a FREE one-day ticket to Maker Faire for each 4-5 hour shift you work (a $27 value).
  • Be part of inspiring thousands of guests!

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older and must attend an orientation meeting on the evening of Wednesday, July 25 or Thursday, July 26.

To sign up as a volunteer, just email Meg Anderson at!

If you are a previous Maker Faire Detroit volunteer, tell us all about it in the comments or on our Facebook page! What did you enjoy most?