Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Glimpse the future and get inspired!
The Champlain Mini Maker Faire was first conceived over a lunch meeting convened by Doug Webster of Charlotte, Vermont Agency of Education and president of the National Association for Workforce Improvement. Attendees included John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific, Bruce Seifer, Burlington CEDO and author of the book Building Sustainable Communities, Pat Burke, principal South Burlington High School, Will Rapp, founder Gardener’s Supply, John Canning, PCC and Vermont Technology Alliance, Paul Zaloom, Nickelodeon’s Beakman’s World, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield founders of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. The group explored the notion of creating a makerspace/innovation space and helping schools, libraries, colleges and museums to include making, innovation and creativity utilizing both old and emerging technologies. Consequently, the ultimate community convening was born: the Champlain Maker Faire held September 29 at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn.
Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.
What are the characteristics we are looking for in Maker projects?
John Abele – Boston Scientific
David Bradbury – UVM, VCET
Pat Burke – South Burlington High School
John Canning – PCC
Curt Carter – Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation
John Cohn – IBM
Ara Hagan – Hagan Associates
Cairn Cross – Fresh Tracks
Doug Dickey- UVM Engineering
David Finney – Champlain College
Karen Freeman – Vermont Housing & Conservation Board
Phelan Fretz – ECHO
Dom Grasso – UVM
Jenn Karson – UVM CEMS
Linda Kelliher – KSV Communications
Spencer Knapp – Fletcher Allen
Steve Mermelstein – Vermont Drone
Brian Merrill – Talon Flutes
Ken Merritt – Vermont Venture Network
Melinda Moulton – Main Street Landing
Angelo Pizzagalli – Pizzagalli Partners
Cathy Resmer – Seven Days
Vermont Technology Alliance