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Makers wanted for inaugural Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College

Makers wanted for inaugural Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College
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From a press release:

Makers, crafters, tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, and even food vendors are all wanted for the inaugural Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

scrantonmakers2The call for makers, artists, performers, and crafters is open now through Sept. 15. Any groups or individuals interested in presenting their project, activity, or performance at this event should complete the application here. It’s free to show your work and $25 to sell what you make.

Maker Faire is “the greatest show (and tell) on Earth,” a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the national maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.

“We want to bring the community together to be inspired by celebrating technology, arts, crafts, engineering, and science,” says Katie Leonard, senior vice president of college advancement at Johnson College.

“Johnson College focuses on hands-on education and we believe it’s the perfect place to incubate those who love to create unique projects that don’t typically offer them an outlet and platform to share their work.”

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. Learn more about local makers in this video:

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, California over nine years ago. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to over 600 makers and 75,000 attendees. The White House even held its own Maker Faire this past June.

Johnson College (3427 N. Main Ave., Scranton) plans to make the Scranton Mini Maker Faire an annual event, seeking sponsors as well. All proceeds will go to Johnson College’s Innovation and Opportunity fund that will support initiatives at the school that promote technology innovation and advancement on campus.

The Scranton Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Follow the development of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire on its website, Twitter, and Facebook.