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NMMF 2014 Schedule

 

The 2014 Nashville Mini Maker Faire takes place on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10am to 5pm at the Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203.

The event is outside, rain-or-shine, FREE and open to the public.

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WHAT IS IT?

The Nashville Mini Maker Faire (or NMMF from here on out) is a one day exhibition of creative making. Think of NMMF as a local version of Maker Faire Bay Area or World Maker Faire New York, two yearly exhibitions organized by Make Magazine. NMMF is one of over 100 “mini” faires around the globe, organized by local grassroots makers.

NMMF will host exhibitors, vendors, workshop teachers, panelists and performers from around the region. The faire will take place at the Adventure Science Center, using its outdoor campus.

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Why Mini?  Why not Maxo-Stupendous? Is it small or for little things?

No, there is nothing small about this event, except for maybe how amazingly small the circuit boards have become which power some of the exhibits. The “mini” in NMMF just means that it’s a locally-produced event.  Whenever you see “mini,” just think Uniquely Nashville!

Get Involved!

You can be a volunteer! Find out more.

Sponsor the Faire!

Several sponsorship options are available to appeal to both small and large organizations. Find out more.

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History of the 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 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Nashville.

Maker Faire is organized by MAKE magazine and supported by O’Reilly 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. Subscribe here.

In addition to the magazine and the faire, Make is:

  • a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via their YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions
  • a book publishing imprint with best-in-category titles on introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and more.

8 responses to “About

  1. Thanks to everyone for this event.
    I hope next year is twice as big.
    I enjoyed it all. I am a MAKE SUBSCRIBER for many years now and my main interest are in robotics and alternative energy. Let me know if I may help on the next Event.

  2. It was a great time at the faire. I am sure next year will be bigger ! Again thank you all for the fun times.

    Kevin Groce

  3. I want to make sure we get this year’s VEX robotics event on the schedule.
    http://Www.robotevents.com to register a middle or high school team.

  4. During the Engineering Day at the science center we discussed having the robotics on the same day as the faire.

  5. Stormtroopers from the MidSouth Garrison of the 501st Legion will be in attendance! Come on down and we’ll show you how to make a trooper of your own! Who wants action figures that set on a shelf? We’d rather become the action figure :)

  6. We’re going to have a mini maker faire in Egypt next March, and i’m in love with your description. Could we copy the question of “Why mini”?

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