On June 12th-13th, 2015, makers from across the United States will convene in Washington, DC—to celebrate at the inaugural National Maker Faire.
Attendees at this family-friendly, free event will have the opportunity to interact with technologies including electronic instruments, 3D printers, as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects, textiles, crafting activities, homemade robots and other exhibits. The Faire will showcase inventors from the local DC metropolitan area community, in addition to makers representing communities across America. In addition to noting the geographic diversity of making across the nation, the National Maker Faire will celebrate diversity among makers, with representation from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) (Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)), and Federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Faire will host the American Innovation Speaker Series, with four panel presentations on Making across the United States: Exploring the Breadth of Making, Making in Communities and Education, Making in the Arts, and 3D Printing and Healthcare. Friday’s program will also feature a fireside chat on Women in Making with the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Megan Smith, and Founder and CEO of Brit + Co, Brit Morin.