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Wednesday September 28, 2016
Fall is a busy time for makers. We’ve got plenty of Maker Faires happening, new books coming out, and a new community projects platform for makers to share what they’ve made with others. It’s a time to get inspired to start your own Fall project.
Maker Faire
World Maker Faire and Other Faires Around the World
In our seventh year in New York, World Maker Faire
(this weekend!) showcases the best of the maker movement, whether
through up‒and‒coming makers, new fields, or updates on popular topics.
This year we’re seeing how the maker mindset is being applied to
disaster zone response and humanitarian efforts, and making a difference
where it really counts.
All of the World Maker Faire 2016 presentations, speakers, stages, and schedules can be found here. Highlights of the program include:
Bioengineering — A fascinating
look at what the future holds, this area shines a spotlight on new
technologies in the realm of neuroscience, DIY biology, bio security,
tissue engineering, and more.
●  Making & the DIY Bio Frontier
●  The Accessible Future of Neuroscience
●  Surgical 3D Printing and Tissue Engineering
Making for Good — These are
inspiring examples of how makers are designing tools and solutions to
bring meaningful change to refugee camps, disaster relief efforts,
developing countries, and U.S. cities where smart solutions are needed.

●  Making for Good — An International Perspective
●  Green Bronx Machine Pop-Up Farm

Maker Ingenuity — These are
presentations that will jumpstart you (or your project), featuring
updates, how-tos, new thinking, enlightenment, and more.

●  The MacGyver Secret with Lee Zlotoff, creator of MacGyver

●  The Shifting Landscape of the Internet of Things
●  Making Things Talk with Tom Igoe, co-founder of the Arduino Project
Making in Education
Leaders in maker curriculum and hands-on learning will share the latest
strategies for making in the classroom, from kindergarten to grad

●  Today’s Makers are Tomorrow’s Movers & Shakers

●  Models for Launching a High School Makerspace
●  Makerspaces in Your School, Community, Garage, & Beyond

And remember, your participation is what
makes Maker Faire so special, so mark your calendar, tell your friends,
and come be a part of Maker Faire this weekend.

Join us at Maker Faire
If you can’t make it to New York, there are
Maker Faires this weekend also in Berlin, Atlanta, San Diego, Athens,
Bogotá, and Galicia. Also, in October, Maker Faires take place in Rome,
Shenzhen, Ottawa, Orlando, and many other cities. See the Maker Faire map for a complete listing.

Free To Make
Free to Make by Dale Dougherty and Ariane Conrad
Today, my new book Free to Make is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In Free to Make,
published by North Atlantic Books, I write about the maker movement and
tell the stories of makers who are changing how we make things, where
we make things, what we are able to make, and who gets to make things. I
tried to capture how making is a form of personal expression, combining
our ability to learn, use tools, and realize our dreams to create
things that never existed before.
Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:
needs to make anything today. Necessity is no longer the mother of all
invention. We can find almost everything we need and buy it, more easily
and more cheaply than ever before. And just as easily, we throw
away those things.
Yet today many people are making what they
need, and there are more of them than I ever imagined when I first
called them out as “makers.” What — or rather who — is a maker? Makers
are producers and creators, builders and shapers of the world around us.
Makers are people who regard technology as an invitation to explore and
experiment, with the most inclusive possible definition of technology,
meaning any skill or technique that we learn and employ. What we once
called hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, inventors, engineers, crafters —
all of them are makers. The power of “maker” as a new term lies in its
broad application, its sense of inclusiveness, and its lack of close
alignment with a particular field or interest area, so people are free
to claim the identity for themselves.
Makers share a mind-set, and that’s why the
Maker Movement has emerged as a global countercultural phenomenon,
inviting everyone to join in and make something.
Learn More
Portland Mini Maker Faire
Portland Mini Maker Faire
At the Portland Mini Maker Faire,
which was held Sept 10–11 at OMSI, I was struck by how many low-tech
DIY skills were on display. Pottery, soapmaking, theater prop making,
and leather making. One type of jewelry making demonstrated by Michelle
Verheyden was cuttlebone casting, carving a two-sided mold from the
shell of the cuttlebone fish and then pouring metal into the mold.
Michael Hendricks, a member of Olymega makerspace in Olympia,
Washington, demonstrated a project he called HydroRam. He wanted to be
able to move water from his above-ground pool up to the roof where his
solar panels would heat it. He devised a prototype that uses the
kinetic energy of falling water to provide a way to pump water
vertically, without electricity. A group from Seattle called
Makerologist created an alphabet board draped with Christmas tree lights
and controlled by multiple Arduino 101s to pay homage to the Netflix
series Stranger Things.
The most beautiful thing I saw was Stoicheia
by Lumina Lab, a “stained glass” LED hanging sculpture designed by
Lilli Szafranski. It has thousands of LEDs inside which are programmed
so as to never repeat the same effect.
Marco induction stovetop
#FutureOfCooking Hackathon at FirstBuild
Over 200 people showed up at FirstBuild
in Louisville, Kentucky last weekend to participate in a 36-hour
hackathon focused around hacking appliances. FirstBuild is an makerspace
open to the public but dedicated to promoting innovation in household
appliances. The event was a wonderful mix of makers, engineers from GE
Appliances, and students from colleges such as Rose-Hulman, Georgia
Tech, Columbus College of Art & Design, and the College for Creative
Studies in Detroit. A team from Inventables came from Chicago and while
they work for the same company, they don’t work in the same
Steve Penrod and Joshua
Montgomery from Lawrence, Kansas contributed an open-source,
voice-activated device that they call Mycroft. A user could ask
questions of the cooktop — “Is there a pan on the stovetop?” — or turn
the heat on or off using their voice. But the winning team was Marco, an
induction stovetop for the visually impaired. The cooktop had recessed
circles to indicate where pans were to be placed. Three industrial
design students from the Columbus College of Art and Design designed the
stovetop and added braille identifiers to the manual controls. The
Marco team won the top prize of $3,000.
Share on Make: Community Projects
In partnership with, we now have the Make: Community Projects platform on
It’s a place where you can share your own project with the community.
We’ll be using the platform to find projects for the magazine, host
maker challenges, and offer contests like our upcoming Halloween
Editor Caleb Craft explains how to get started:
Visit Make: Community Projects
Special thanks to Adam Benzion and Benjamin Larralde of Hackster for working with us.
I hope to see you at World Maker Faire this weekend. I’d love to autograph your copy of Free to Make.

Dale Dougherty
Founder and CEO, Make:
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