Also, be sure to check out craftzine.
Four Years After Make:KC Brought Concept To Midwest, Kauffman Foundation Rewriting Region's Maker Faire History
Kansas City Maker Faire, The Untold Story
By all accounts the Kansas City 2010 Mini Maker Faire was a great success.
Make:KC was among the first in the nation obtaining a license to use the new Mini Maker Faire designation through Maker Media. We enjoyed special billing on the MakerFaire.com website that can still be seen from this archive.org link. We benefited directly from the Maker Media advertising when an inventive craftsman registered to exhibit a working, hand crafted, 14 foot wooden submarine built in his Tulsa Oklahoma back yard. On the drive to Kansas City he told his wife "I'm so excited because we'll be among people just like us". We hosted nearly 50 Makers in Kansas City's only grass-roots Maker event that was created entirely by Makers for Makers. Our Mini Maker Faire was embedded among the 42nd. annual Parkville Days arts and crafts festival. This combined event hosted more than 150 exhibitors and an estimated 20,000 visitors to the beautiful English Landing Park nestled alongside the Missouri River in historic downtown Parkville, MO.
This event was promoted as: "Robots, Rockets, and Submarines". Make Magazine writer, Matt Mets, reported on our event while touring with notable national/international hackerspace personalities, Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers. Our Kansas City Mini Maker Faire received generous attention from Makezine and Boing-Boing articles as well as local TV and newspaper coverage.
Corporate vs. Hackerspace Culture
In 2011, the Kauffman Foundation and Union Station through their Maker Faire KC partnership capitalized on a slight variation of the name we established just months earlier. The Kauffman press release (above) reflects a troubling disregard or lack of appreciation for the hackerspace/makerspace culture where promoting attribution of others work is deeply engrained. The Open-Source initiatives, are a fundamental part of the Maker Movement.
Make:KC extends an invitation to the Kauffman Foundation and Union Station to foster an improved relationship with the Maker community. Despite efforts to appear otherwise, in 2011 the Union Station Maker Faire was advertised on the MakerFaire.com web site as a Mini Maker Faire too.
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Article written by Vince Thompson, Founder of Make:KC. Comments can be addressed to: SomeoneKnows@MakeKC.org
July is heating up and the river will be leveling off soon so its time to turn our attention to summer activities. This month we're continuing our Maker Summer, learning about the art and culture of "America: Now and Then", checking out the "Ascent" project from Dark Matter, playing with the KC Space Pirate's Archimedes Death Ray, and learning about chemistry of Dyes, Mordants, Pigments, and Oils for the DIY enthusiast.
Call for Makers, Volunteers, and Sponsors
As Make Magazine's web site announced this week, we are accepting applications for the RiverFest 2011 Mini Maker Faire that is part of the 43rd. annual Parkville Days celebration. There will be artists, crafters, live music, food vendors, beer garden, and more along with our Maker Village. Parkville Days typically attracts fifteen to twenty thousand people over a weekend.
We're looking for Makers to come out and exhibit their creations, provide engaging activities, and build projects along with the crowd. Make: KC is creating a workshop area we can share with you while we're building "As Seen In Make Magazine" projects and other creations visitors can assemble while here.
Kansas City's original grass-roots mini Maker Faire is returning again this year as part of Parkville Day's Riverfest, August 19 - 21.
We have our work ahead of us as flooding along the Missouri River is expected to continue into August. Plans are being made in the event we need to move to higher ground.
Events & Activities
HMS Beagle Science Store - voted Coolest Store in Kansas City
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Local Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups
Regional Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups