“Let’s host our own MakerFest”, she said. “It will be fun,” she said.
And just like that, our Maker Queen-of-All, Patti Franchino kicked off Maker Depot MakerFest 2016!
Fast forward, four months (yes, four months) and here we are less than a week away from the big day.
At this writing, we have more than 50 enthusiastic exhibitors, a few amazing food trucks, and a small army of volunteers ready to embark upon our exhibit space (a.k.a. the parking lot) on Sunday. And we couldn’t be more excited!
Getting here was not without it’s drama. First, we needed almost simultaneous approval from our landlord and the town. Both of which were amazing. (Thank you Totowa Borough and Mack-Cali). Next, we had to find exhibitors willing to trust us and commit to this first event.
Did I mention we’re crazy?
Oh, and let’s not forget that most of our team was crazy busy getting ready for Propeller Fest and National Maker Faire. Naturally, we weren’t just exhibiting at either event – we’re way too committed to Making to just host a booth! We enthusiastically agreed to design and build most of the signage and charging stations for Propeller Fest in addition to exhibiting. In DC, at National Maker Faire, we hosted our own booth and taught several sessions on building a makerspace. I think everyone would agree, it was an exhausting pleasure to be a part of both events.
Meanwhile back home, while the balance of our team worked on back-to-back event prep, Patti and I began pursuing our exhibitors.
I can’t say enough about how amazing each and every one of these talented people are who agreed to exhibit, and how much we appreciate their confidence in Maker Depot and our inaugural event. We look forward to meeting everyone we spoke to and emailed over the last few months.
And again, crazy. But in a good way.
Which brings us to this week – just days from our event. The whole Maker Depot team has come together in these last few weeks to work out the final details – floor plans, displays, signage, t-shirts, badges, rentals, and much more. I don’t think you’ll ever meet a team more committed to the Maker culture. So committed in fact, that a few of our Makers were invited to The White House on Wednesday for the first Nation of Makers Meeting hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policies. We could not be more proud and excited to be included in this prestigious meeting of Makers. We’ll be sure to share more details when our Maker King-of-All, Michael Franchino gets back on Thursday.
In the meantime, please help us get the word out in the next few days! Don’t forget your tickets. All proceeds from Maker Depot MakerFest will cover the expenses associated with hosting this event. The remaining funds will be donated to Maker Depot Academy, our 501c(3) non-profit, dedicated to teaching STEAM courses to students, adults, educators and providing makerspaces to participating area schools.
Thank you and we’ll see you at MakerFest!
Maker Depot and Maker Depot Academy