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About Eugene Mini Maker Faire
The Eugene Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of the Eugene area’s many talented makers: do-it-yourself enthusiasts who put science and technology to work. The third-annual event will take place on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at the Science Factory in Alton Baker Park. The event is a collaboration between the Science Factory and Eugene Maker Space in association with MAKE Magazine/Maker Media.

About the Science Factory:

Science FactoryThe Science Factory Children’s Museum and Exploration Dome is Lane County’s only hands-on science museum. Our mission is to engage children, excite their curiosity, and inspire them toward a lifelong love of learning about science, technology, and humanity. Each year, over 30,000 visitors of all ages enjoyed our interactive exhibits, full-dome digital planetarium shows and other movies in our Exploration Dome, and public special events.

The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10AM to 4PM, with public Exploration Dome shows on Saturdays and Sundays. We are located in at 2300 Leo Harris Parkway in Alton Baker Park, across from Autzen Stadium and minutes from downtown Eugene and Springfield.

About Eugene Maker Space:

Eugene Maker SpaceEstablished in 2010, Eugene Maker Space is Oregon’s latest and wonderfully nominatively deterministic hackerspace. Our goal is to provide workspace, tools, equipment, and other resources while creating a community of collaboration and hands-on learning. Eugene Maker Space is a registered nonprofit organization in the state of Oregon.

As of February 2012 we now have 501(c)(3) sponsorship though the School Factory. As such, we are capable of accepting tax-exempt donations of funding or equipment. Please email the board if you have a donation you would like to make as a tax-exempt donation.

Eugene Maker Space is located at 687 McKinley Street Suite #2 in Eugene, Oregon 97402. Key-holding members are welcome to visit the space any time they please. If you would like to visit Eugene Maker Space and meet some new people, check our calendar or blog to keep up to date with public events.

About 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 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Rome, Oslo, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen are the home of “featured” 2014 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and almost 100 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world — including right here in Eugene.

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.
Besides 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 our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions
  • a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.

2 Responses to About

  1. Annie Garwood

    Dearest Makers,

    We live in Eugene and are avid supporters of all things having to do with Maker Faire, having attended the very first one in San Mateo and many since then. Having made plans to visit family in Sacramento this weekend, we are
    unbelievably disappointed that we will be missing this premier event for our region. WHERE WAS THE PUBLICITY, I ASK YOU!!? Please, please put it in the Eugene Weekly every month before it happens next time. We hope, hope, hope that you will be overwhelmed by the response even though we will be out of town so that you will come back again and again and again…..
    We miss you already,
    Les and Annie Garwood

    • Thanks for getting in touch, Les and Annie! We’re very sorry that you won’t be able to attend. As I’m sure you’re well aware, a big goal of Maker Faires everywhere is to find and bring together all kinds of Makers in the community, many of whom are not yet in touch with one another. That means that getting the word out is a big challenge, especially for a first-time event. We’ve learned a lot about publicity in planning this year’s Faire, and we will build upon that for next year. In the meantime, please don’t forget to pass the word along to all of your friends and neighbors, as word-of-mouth is definitely our best resource.