Elise VanDyne to represent Colorado at White House during National Week of Making, June 17-23

Monday June 6, 2016 0 comments Tags: Denver, Elise VanDyne, Colorado Maker Hub, Denver Mini Maker Faire

DENVER -- Elise VanDyne, founder and executive director of the Colorado Maker Hub,  has been chosen to represent Colorado at The White House for the 2016 National Week of Making, June 17-23, and additional initiatives.Elise_VanDyneUSE

The Week of Making kicks off with a reception at the White House and is designed to bring together one maker organizer from each of the 50 states.

This group will work together throughout the year to hold events around the country celebrating ingenuity, inspiring creative problem-solving, and supporting opportunities for those from all backgrounds to tinker and make.

This year’s celebration is a continuation of the President’s Nation of Makers initiative launched in June 2014, when President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and issued a call to action that “every company, every college, every community, every citizen joins us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.”

This coming weekend, the Colorado Maker Hub will be hosting the Denver Mini Maker Faire at the Museum of Nature & Science on June 11-12. Local and regional makers and innovative organizations will participate, showcasing science, technology, arts, crafts, and creative talents during the two-day event.

As the producer of the state's first mini Maker Faire in 2013, VanDyne has cultivated a passionate team of Makers and Maker advocates responsive to community needs, such as developing a youth maker program to empower educators to bring making into Colorado schools and winning the Denver Public Schools Imaginarium Design Challenge to bring innovation to education.

VanDyne and the Colorado Maker Hub team have also imagined and are co-creating first-of-its-kind events coming to Colorado the second half of 2016 including:

  • Rocky Mountain Regional Makerspace Conference, as envisioned by local makerspace leaders, to help grow makerspaces in communities, schools, libraries, rural and urban centers, July 16-17,
  • Sparks & Spirits, a yearly event that highlights urban arts and creativity along with the Colorado Craft Distiller community, Oct. 7,
  • Colorado Maker Week Oct. 8-15, bringing making into schools, libraries and businesses, including the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, Oct. 8-9

The rapid growth of the Colorado Maker Hub program has been accomplished with the ideas and support from a dedicated team of makerspaces, volunteers, and Colorado companies such as Sparkfun Electronics and Epilog Laser.

Educational and cultural institutions including the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Action Works 501c3 and Colorado State University, as well as economic development officers in the City of Denver, Loveland, and Larimer County have also been important partners

“The maker community crosses boundaries of science and art, young and old, craftsman and tech tinkerers, coming together to create the innovation economy,” said VanDyne.

“The things we make define us as a society and build our future. Inspiring people across Colorado to create in education, entrepreneurship, and everyday life is our mission.”