First Denver Mini Maker Faire set for May 3-4, exhibitor registration deadline is March 16

By: InnovatioNews Tuesday January 21, 2014 0 comments Tags: Action Works, COIN, Denver, Elizabeth VanDyne, Loveland, Maker Media, Making Progress L3C, SparkFun, The Shuuk

DENVER - The first annual Denver Mini Maker Faire will be held May 3-4 at the National Western Complex, organizers announced.

The event encourages interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making things, and entries are now open to makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers.

Groups or individuals interested in taking part can find out more or register at Deadline to register is March 16.

The Denver Mini Maker Faire is an offshoot of the original Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area that draws more than 100,000 people each year.

"The Maker Faire inspires kids, entrepreneurs and creators and spurs collaborations that extend well beyond the event," said Elizabeth VanDyne, who launched the first NoCo Mini Maker Faire in Loveland last October.

That event drew hundreds of exhibits and thousands of visitors.

"The NoCo Mini Maker Faire last October felt like we hit an oil gusher of innovation and creativity," VanDyne said. "Compared to similar faires around the globe, we blew past all expectations for maker participation, exhibits, attendees and sponsors.

"We have no doubt that Denver is going to blow off the doors because Colorado magnetizes innovation and creativity."

Sponsors of the Denver event include SparkFun, Action Works Education Nonprofit, Destination Imagination, Colorado State University, The Shuuk and the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN).

The Denver Mini Maker Faire is independently produced by Making Progress L3C and Action Works in collaboration with Maker Media.

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