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.
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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/Global Foundries
Ara Hagan – Hagan Associates
Cairn Cross – Fresh Tracks
Doug Dickey- UVM Engineering
Ken Howell – Champlain College
Ann DeMerle – Champlain College
Phelan Fretz – ECHO
Jerry Greenfield – Ben and Jerry Founder
Briar Alpert – BioTek Instruments
Karen Birch – Next Generation Manufacturing, Connecticut College of Technology
Jon Bondy – Vermont Rapid Prototyping
Jenn Karson – Vermont Makers/Sesamedia
Luis Garcia – UVM College of Engineering and Mathematics
Linda Kelliher – KSV Communications
Spencer Knapp – formerly UVM Health Network
Brent Sargent – Vermont Technical College
Jerome Cann – InventVermont
Melinda Moulton – Main Street Landing
Angelo Pizzagalli – Pizzagalli Partners
Cathy Resmer – Seven Days
John Evans – Vermont Technology Council
Patricia Giavara – Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center
Mike Lane – formerly Dealer.com
Ben Doyle – US Rural Development
Ken Merritt – Merritt & Merritt & Moulton
Rachel Gatijn – formerly Burton and Society for Women Engineers
Aron Temkin – Norwich University
Steve Goldsmith – SolarFest Inc.
Paul Frascoia – Fab-Tech, Inc & NEHP, Inc.
Rick Milliken – DoubleTree
Michael Metz – Burlington Generator
Dan Harvey – University of Vermont
Pat Robins – Symquest Inc.
Matt Dunne – Google Inc.
Paul Millman – Chroma Inc.
Ray Coulture – formerly Peckham Industries
Bradley Holt – Vermont Code Camp
Carol Davis – The Carving Studio
Doug Dickey – University of Vermont, College of Engineering and Mathematics
Bill Shouldice – Vermont Teddy Bear
Jeff Finkelstein – Up Designs
Chris Thompson – Burlington Generator
Steve Conant – Conant Metal and Light
Barry King – Renewable NRG Systems
John Antonucci – Launch VT