Champlain Maker Faire will be held Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Champlain Maker Faire has become an annual festival to make, create, learn, invent, craft, hack, recycle, build, think, play, and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, food, music, and crafts. Dozens of Makers and thousands of attendees of all ages will participate in two days of exciting exhibitions, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages while enjoying interesting presentations/speakers, food creations, live music, and visual and performing arts.
Congrats on a great inaugural event. Extremely well done.
- David Bradbury, Director for Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
Wow, what a fun event! My only regret was not finding more time to walk around to visit other Makers!
- John Mangan
What a great day! Thank you all. Let’s stay in touch.
- Jenn Karson, Sesamedia New Media
Congratulations on the apparently successful birth of the Champlain Mini Maker’s Faire. I have heard nothing but great things from participants and attendees. There was truly something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the gentleman that made the 12 foot long 12 pound canoe with carbon fiber string and a skin of coated Dacron. John, I may have mentioned to you that I spent my senior year of college building a wood strip fiberglass canoe (18 feet and 80 pounds) rather than studying which meant that I needed to also spend the summer making up a couple of credits to officially graduate. Anyway this experience makes me particularly interested in small craft building projects. Turns out there are a “boatload” no pun intended of plans on the internet for Dacron skinned small craft. Let me know how I can help in future years. This deserves to be an annual event.
- Cairn G. Cross, Co-Founder and Managing Director, FreshTracks Capital I and II
Despite the weather, I think that you did a great job with the Maker Faire. Everyone with whom I spoke loved it! Thank you for all your hard work on this.
- Domenico Grasso, Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Vermont
Great job. The people I took had a ball – really worthwhile.
- Angelo Pizzagalli, Pizzagalli Properties, LLC
Congratulations on a spectacular event on Saturday. The energy of everyone there that I talked to was very high and great to see. Clearly there is traction for this type of event here in Vermont. Hopefully Saturday’s event will be the first of what becomes an annual series. I am glad that Champlain could play a role with it.
- David Finney, President, Champlain College
Wow…what a great time at the Maker Faire! The energy was amazing, and everyone I talked with was thrilled at the format and turnout. Was great to see the FIRST teams front and center. Looking forward to this years teams coming together at UVM. I thought the idea of dry-running the game with utensils was brilliant!
My kids had a great time checking out all the cool stuff. Your team did a great job making everything extra kid friendly, and it was great that SparkFun donated all the free kits. All the kids at the soldering table were laser focused on their projects…I’m sure you cultivated plenty of future makers! Bigger plans for next year?
- Jeff Maling, IBM
It was great to see you Saturday at Shelburne Farms. I thought that you, John Abele and the rest of your team did a terrific job in pulling off this event. Judging from the turnout, I expect this will be the first of many such Faire’s! And Dean Kamen’s speech was outstanding. He is one of the few geniuses who is also a gifted communicator.
- Bill Symonds, Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education
We had a really good time and we a very impressed with the VT scene. I am hearing good things via our website already and congratulations on a great event, we can hardly wait till next year.
- Jeff Branson, SparkFun Electronics, Denver CO
What a great job you and your team did to pull that off.
- Christopher W. Davis, Manager, Meach Cove Trust
Contact: Abby Peterson
Paul Kaza Associates
Vermont’s First Maker Faire Draws Crowd of Over 1,300
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Shelburne, Vermont – The Champlain Mini Maker Faire drew an all-ages crowd of over 1,300 people to Shelburne Farms on Saturday, September 29th. About 50 Makers from across Vermont gathered to show the public what they had made and discuss what they learned in the process.
The event brought together local DIY enthusiasts and gave the public the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by their creativity and innovation. Kids and parents alike watched in awe as pumpkins were flung from homemade trebuchets into Lake Champlain, robots schooled folks in games of one-on-one basketball and 3D printers “magically” produced items such as plastic gears and toy alligators. The interactive setup combined learning with play, arts with engineering and science with fun.
Executive Event Producer Doug Webster (State Education Coordinator and host of the TV STEM education series, “A Renewed Culture of Innovation”) says he feels the event was an incredible success. “It was a great start to something that has enormous potential. Wait ‘til you hear of some of the ideas for next year!”
Keynote speaker Dean Kamen discussed some of his own inventions and how 3D printing is changing the way people invent. Widely known for inventing the Segway, Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices – such as an advanced prosthetic arm and the first wearable infusion pump – that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide.
The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event in 2011 with some 100,000 people in attendance. Additional flagship Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events are now being produced throughout the United States and around the world.
For event photos, visit http://www.facebook.com/ChamplainMakerFaire?fref=ts.
Vermont Technology Council/UVM Ventures
Sesamedia New Media
Paul Kaza Associates
Meach Cove Farms
Fair Point Communications
Pizzagalli Properties, LLC
Seven Days Newspaper
Physicians Computer Company
UTC Aerospace Systems
Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Advanced Educational Technologies, LLC