Troy Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly event celebrating the spirit of inventing, creating, and imagination. It will be held at the brand new home of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity makerspace in the historic Quackenbush building and along the streets and sidewalks of Troy’s beautiful downtown and is free and open to the public. Troy, NY, on the banks of the Hudson River, was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. It boasts a walkable business district filled with quaint shops and restaurants and is working hard to brand itself as a “maker city.”
Troy Mini Maker Faire is held in conjunction with The Enchanted City, a lively and entertaining steampunk festival now in its third year. The Enchanted City blends Victorian style with futuristic enhancements, featuring costumed characters, contests, and music. In October 2015, 4,000 visitors came to mingle with the inventors, makers, fairies and mad geniuses.
About Maker Faire:
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Silver Spring, Ottawa, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle, Hannover, Oslo, Trondheim, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires. In addition, over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Troy.
Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.
About Make: Magazine:
Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.
About Maker Media:
Located in San Francisco, California, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. Maker Media is also:
- a vital online stream of news and projects, makezine.com;
- a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
- a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
- Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions;
- a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino;
- a publisher of popular titles for kids and beginners, including Paper Inventions and Making Simple Robots by Troy Mini Maker Faire co-producer Kathy Ceceri!