Why hello there, Maker! We’re giving a shout out to all of the makers out there—the scientists, builders, artists, hobbyists, tinkerers, educators, students, architects, engineers, crafters, welders, designers, knitters, weavers, beekeepers, homesteaders, soap makers, printers, rocket scientists, performers, technologists, and all of the other folks who make interesting things. Come join in the Faire!
The Salt Lake City Maker Faire is accepting applications from makers for exhibits, installations, workshops, presentations, and more for the faire on October 11, 2014 in downtown Salt Lake City. Submit an application and we’ll be in touch. Send us an email if you know someone who needs some extra encouragement. APPLY HERE>
While we think every day should be a day of making, it’s official…TODAY is the national Day of Making! As President Obama says, “Together, let us unleash the imagination of our people, affirm that we are a Nation of makers, and ensure that the next great technological revolution happens right here in America.”
The White House is hosting a Maker Faire today. Salt Lake City will host our Maker Faire in October 2014. Proclaim your support of “discovery, experimentation, and innovation” by signing the Building Maker Communities pledge .
So what are you making? Share it with us!
Presidential Proclamation — National Day of Making, 2014
NATIONAL DAY OF MAKING, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Our Nation is home to a long line of innovators who have fueled our economy and transformed our world. Through the generations, American inventors have lit our homes, propelled humanity into the skies, and helped people across the planet connect at the click of a button. American manufacturers have never stopped chasing the next big breakthrough. As a country, we respond to challenge with discovery, determined to meet our great tests while seeking out new frontiers. During the National Day of Making, we celebrate and carry forward this proud tradition.
Today, more and more Americans are gaining access to 21st century tools, from 3D printers and scanners to design software and laser cutters. Thanks to the democratization of technology, it is easier than ever for inventors to create just about anything. Across our Nation, entrepreneurs, students, and families are getting involved in the Maker Movement. My Administration is increasing their access to advanced design and research tools while organizations, businesses, public servants, and academic institutions are doing their part by investing in makerspaces and mentoring aspiring inventors.
I am committed to helping Americans of all ages bring their ideas to life. Alongside our partners, my Administration is getting tens of thousands of young people involved in making. We are supporting an apprenticeship program for modern manufacturing and encouraging startups to build their products here at home. Because science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are essential to invention, we launched a decade-long national effort to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers. And we are expanding STEM AmeriCorps so that this summer, 18,000 low-income students will have learning opportunities in these vital fields.
As we observe this day, I am proud to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire. This event celebrates every maker — from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing. I am calling on people across the country to join us in sparking creativity and encouraging invention in their communities.
Today, let us continue on the path of discovery, experimentation, and innovation that has been the hallmark not only of human progress, but also of our Nation’s progress. ￼ Together, let us unleash the imagination of our people, affirm that we are a Nation of makers, and ensure that the next great technological revolution happens right here in America.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2014, as National Day of Making. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
Thank you to the makers, volunteers, partners, sponsors, attendees, and supporters for participating in the first Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire. Over 1500 people helped make this a great day. Onward and upward!
The Salt Lake City Maker Faire is tomorrow! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get on it! http://slcmakerfaire.com/tickets
For those of you that have already purchased tickets (smart you!), check in at the main Faire ticketing booth on 200 East next to Library Square and exchange your ticket for a wristband. Then you can come and go as you please throughout the day.
Tickets will be $9-15 at the door.
Five more days until amazing! It’s nice to have met many of you before the event. We are having a few more informational gatherings if you’d like to learn more.
Tuesday at 7:00pm at Library Square by the waterfall
This is for general information and to answer any specific questions from makers and volunteers. It’s also a chance to meet each other. If you’ve attended an information session before, have received answers to all of your questions, and don’t want to see our happy faces, then you don’t need to attend. Otherwise, we’ll see you there.
Thursday at 6:00pm at Library Square by the waterfall
This will be for general information for makers and volunteers and maybe an opportunity for volunteers to meet their team leader and get specifics about volunteer duties. Again, if you’d like to learn about volunteering, please show up. You’ll be joining an impressive group of volunteers. Janice, our volunteer manager, will be available to help volunteers sign up for a shift.
To sign up to volunteer, please go to Volunteers.
For tickets, go to Tickets.
Step 1 of all projects involving soldering is to get comfortable with soldering!
Come learn the basics at the Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire. We’ll have Make robot blinky light pins available for learning…they’re a fun and simple way to add soldering to your list of skills. And you have a cool pin to show off.
The Learn to Solder booth will be available throughout the day, but come make your pin early so you can wear it around!
Additional details will be posted to our website this week, so stay tuned. We’re also looking for a few volunteers and sponsors to help with this fun event-within-an-event. Please go to our volunteer page to sign up.
If you aren’t familiar with Caine and his arcade, check out the most recent Caine’s Arcade video by Nirvan Mullick about this creative and entrepreneurial boy and the creative inspiration for cardboard arcades around the world.
Here are some more photos from Maker Faire Bay Area (one of the flagship events) to get everyone geared up for the Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire.
Come meet your fellow Salt Lake City makers and share your new projects!