I’m not shy about self-identifying as a maker, so inevitably I get asked the question “what do you make?”  And inevitably, I list Maker Faire as one of the things I make.  I’m the RepRap of makers – a maker that makes Maker Faires to make more makers.  Makers.

As one of the founders of the Dayton Mini Maker Faire, I’ve become part of the network of makers that plan and produce other Mini Maker Faires across the world.  Every year, Make Magazine, the originators of the Maker Faire concept, host a world-wide summit for Maker Faire producers.  In past years, the Maker Faire Producers Summit has been held in the Bay Area or other single locations around the world.  This year, the Summit is being held online and Make asked if some Mini Maker Faire teams would be willing to host viewing parties for their regions.  Guess what? Dayton was selected to be a regional host for the Maker Faire Producers Summit for 2018!

So what does that mean for Dayton?  It means that producers of other Maker Faires from across the Midwest will be converging on Dayton, Ohio on March 3 to meet face to face and participate in the global online summit together.  It means that we’ll have the opportunity to learn about other cities and their Faires, and possibly form some collaborations to bring the best of the Midwest to our 2018 event.  It also means we get to share what makes Dayton unique with the rest of the world.

Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to produce the Dayton Mini Maker Faire? Thinking about joining our producers team? Or are you the producer of another Maker Faire in the midwest?  If so, send an email to makeitdayton@gmail.com for Summit registration info and to connect with the Dayton team.

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