Makers Gonna Make & Hackers Gonna Hack: Maker Faire Comes to Los Angeles

By: Jorge Cornejo/Shaun Shue
May 2, 2017

Los Angeles, CA – Hackerspace Los Angeles announces today that they will host an open call for makers to participate in the first annual Maker Faire to be held in Los Angeles. The open call will be during a media presentation on May 2 at 10am at Wildwood School’s WISRD Institute, West Los Angeles.

We are inviting those who have used science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics in original and creative ways in the building of unique objects or staging of original presentations. The San Fernando Valley Mini Maker Faire is not a competitive science fair or art show. It is a fun event where over 100 makers will gather to share their creations with each other and the public in general.

Under a license and sponsorship from Make: and with the support of the City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Martinez of District 6, Hackerspace Los Angeles plan to produce the first annual Maker Faire in Los Angeles area. The San Fernando Valley Mini Maker Faire, as it will be named on its first year, will host over 100 makers and their creations, live entertainment, and a series of talks geared toward the maker community.

About Hackerspace Los Angeles: (http://hackerspacela.org)

Hackerspace Los Angeles is a 501.c.3 public charitable organization based in the San Fernando Valley. Hackerspace Los Angeles provides workshops and classes on new and emerging technology to underserved communities in Los Angeles for free.

The main objective of Hackerspace Los Angeles is to support the creative process and personal growth of individuals by providing a workshop space where amateurs and professionals interested in art, electronics, photography, robotics, software, video, wood or metal working, etc. can expand their skills, invent and build new products in a collaborative environment.

All Hackerspace Los Angeles workshops and classes are free to attend with materials provided free of charge.

About Maker Faire: (http://www.makerfaire.com)

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! It’s 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 Los Angeles.

Location:

Wildwood School
WISRD Institute
11811 Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Contact:

To learn more about the San Fernando Valley Mini Maker Faire (SFVMMF), please contact:

Shaun Shue, Director Media Relations SFVMMF
shaun@makerfaire.la

Jorge Cornejo, Producer SFVMMF
jorge@makerfaire.la

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Website:
www.makerfaire.la

Social Media:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/sfvmakerfaire
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/sfvmakerfaire/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SFVMakerFaire/

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The San Fernando Valley Mini Maker Faire cannot function without great volunteers like you!

We are now accepting applications for volunteers. As a reward for your participation, you will receive a complimentary pass for the event.

The Maker Faire takes place from 10:00 am – 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Setup will start the day before (Friday, October 6) tentatively from 6-10pm, and pick up again the morning of the Faire at 6:00 am. Teardown will run from 5-8pm.

Depending on your availability and interests we will plug you in where assistance is needed. It can be anything from helping set up tables, unloading vehicles, giving directions to attendees, decorating the space and more.

We need volunteers to help us in the following areas:

  • Volunteer crew member
  • Workshop volunteer
  • On-site volunteer
  • Content writers
  • Graphic designers
  • Project coordinators

Volunteer crew members will be helping out setting up the place and get it ready for presenters. They will start the day before the event and will be the last ones to leave. VIP pass will be made available for this group.

Workshop volunteers will assist the workshop coordinator running the workshop. Learn how to solder, cardboard challenges, etc.

On-site volunteers will be assisting the production team during the day of the event. They will serve as information staff and will escort makers, VIPs, and other attendees as needed.

Content writers for our blog and social media campaigns. You’ll be writing feature articles about our awesome presenters and spread the news about the San Fernando Valley Mini Maker Faire on social media.

Graphic designers will work with our marketing director and support all our social media channels and website platform.

Project coordinators (Workshop Coordinator) will design, plan, and develop exhibits for the San Fernando Valley Maker Faire. Planned exhibits include a Nerdy Derby race, Egg Drop Competition, Hackathon, Oobleck Walk, and others.

Sponsorship Sales experienced individual to help us match the right company with our goals.


 If you are interested in being a volunteer for our Mini Maker Faire, please fill out the following application:

Thank you for your support and interest!

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