Spring is here, the season of fresh starts and new growth. A perfect season to launch the Call to Makers – get your plans ready, it opens April 3, 2018.

On March 3, Maker Faire Detroit participated in the first ever on-line, global Maker Faire Producers Summit. The day was a great kick-off for the production season. Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Magazine, shared stats about the global growth of Maker Faire and inspired us to think about the deeper impact of events like Maker Faire. Imagine all the folks who are makers but just don’t know it yet; what innovations can we help them unleash and spread as they discover this movement?

The Maker Faire Detroit organizing team rebooted for 2018. Shauna Wilson, who many Maker Faire Detroit participants came to know well in her 8 years co-producing our Faire, relocated across the country. Shauna promised to come back to visit when the weather is good here in Detroit.

For Maker Faire 2018, we’re embracing a collaborative maker outreach and production model. You might see some old faces in new roles and you might meet a few new folks as the season progresses. Jim Johnson is heading up overall event operations and Cynthia Jones is focusing on maker relations and the overall program. Both Jim and Cynthia have been involved from the beginning in various parts of Maker Faire Detroit but will be wearing bigger hats for this year’s Faire. Of course, just like a maker space… this faire doesn’t come to life with just two folks, it takes people throughout The Henry Ford and most importantly it takes you.

For 2018 we’re building on the co-curation model piloted with groups like Build Institute, Detroit Drones, and Handmade Toledo to bring even more content areas to life. Stacey Grant founder of the Made Metro Collective, a group of entrepreneurs, makers and creatives from the Dearborn and Downriver communities, will be helping to grow representation of these vital makers. Another focus area for 2018 is making for kids of all ages and maker focused education. We look forward to increased activation in this area lead by Phil Grumm from The Henry Ford’s Learning & Engagement team.

We hope you’re getting excited to return to Maker Faire Detroit 2018. We look forward to welcoming our old favorites (R2D2 anyone?) and soon discovering what new projects, new makers, fresh speakers, and inspiring entrepreneurs jump on board for Maker Faire 2018.

Don’t forget… Call to Makers opens April 3!

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