April 9, 2013

MAKER FAIRE, Kansas City, June 29 and 30, 2013

Kansas City, April 9, 2013 – Union Station will host Maker Faire: Kansas City for a third consecutive year on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, 2013.
What Is Maker Faire: Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.This weekend-long innovation, invention and DIY (do-it-yourself) festival attracts thousands of people of all ages to observe and learn the latest in technology, science, and engineering DIY projects. In 2012, Maker Faire: Kansas City featured more than 250 Makers demonstrating their projects and attracted 10,000+ attendees. This year, Union Station expects those numbers to grow considerably.
"We are thrilled that Union Station is the host site for one of the five largest Maker Faires in the world," said Bob Regnier, Union Station chairman of the board. "This event is representative of everything that happens inside of Union Station now, connecting science and STEM education and entrepreneurship, encouraging innovative new designs and inventions, and helping people make connections and grow networks to keep advancing innovation in our region."
Details about this year's Maker Faire can be found at www.makerfairekc.com.

Call for Makers Now Open:
Today, Union Station announced the Call for Makers is now open. Makers who would like to demonstrate their projects at Kansas City's Maker Faire festival are invited to fill out the application available online at www.makerfairekc.com/application. Makers demonstrating their projects do not have pay for a booth at the event, but do commit to being there for the weekend of activities. A selected number of commercial makers who plan to sell a product will be invited to be part of the Faire; and the commercial makers will pay a small fee to be there. All Makers are invited to apply to participate. The application is open beginning today through May 24, 2013. Makers should sign up as soon as possible to reserve a booth.
Who are the Makers?
The types of Makers featured at the Maker Faire include science enthusiasts, tech hackers, robot designer/builders, Lego architects, independent manufacturers, urban farmers, graphic and visual artists, food artisans textile and clothing designers, photographers and woodworkers. Many school and university clubs, Scouts and other youth makers get involved by demonstrating their projects, too. The KC STEM Alliance will feature a number of the FIRST Robotics teams, as well. These examples of Makers are a small sample of the types of Makers who would benefit from and enjoy participating in Maker Faire: Kansas City. Referred to as "Nerd Mardis Gras" by many Makers, this innovation showcase is a chance to mix and mingle with some of the most creative minds in our region.
"Maker Faire: Kansas City is becoming one of our city's key summer festivals not only because it offers a new version of family fun, but it also brings together many of Kansas City's innovators, inventors, designers and emerging entrepreneurs, connecting dots in our community in ways that have never happened before," said George Guastello. "What excites us about Maker Faire is that it is not just a one-weekend festival but will become a year-round program, as we are working to build a permanent Maker Space inside of our Science Center to offer Maker workshops and programs to students throughout the year."
Kansas City's Maker Faire will feature a wide variety of Makers, and will also offer a number of special activities all weekend long in Science City to encourage young people to get involved in making things. Student makers are encouraged to sign up to demonstrate their projects and to be part of the Faire.
In addition to Maker exhibits, key attractions, such as the Power Wheels Racing Series, will be featured throughout the weekend. Many of the attractions and presentations are still being finalized now. Visit the www.makerfairekc.com in coming weeks for a full schedule of special attractions and featured Makers at this year's festival. Tickets for the festival will go on sale in May through Union Station's online and on-site box office. The festival will run on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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