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Fort Wayne’s Regional Maker Faire Highlights Do-it-Yourselfers

Fort Wayne, and northeast Indiana, is home to innovation. But what good is innovation if it’s not exhibited?

The purpose of the second-annual Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire, held in Fort Wayne’s Headwaters Park East, is to showcase Makers and their projects or gadgets. Held October 6-7, Maker Faire will include attractions to draw public interest; hands-on workshops for learning how to solder, weld, learn about basic electricity, glass blowing, and more; seminars for a more in-depth look at a wide variety of topics; great  food; and live entertainment.

Maker Faires are unique in that art projects, robots, woodworking, technology wizards, crafters, machinists and others all connect with one another to share ideas and learn new ways of making things. You just might just learn something, too!

What’s the draw? Makers are asked to actually make something in their exhibit, offer some type of hands on opportunity, or at the very least, convey to visitors process, tools, and materials they used to make whatever it is that they exhibit. The concept might seem abstract. You just have to come to experience the creative energy in the air!

These “makers” represent a movement happening all across the United States. In the last few years, informal facilities like TekVenture which are designed to bring groups of people together to use traditional and high-tech tools to solve engineering problems and to create art, technology, and other projects have blossomed worldwide.

The event also has a philanthropic angle, benefitting TekVenture, a not-for-profit art and technology laboratory being built near downtown Fort Wayne.

Learn more online, where you can also register to WIN TICKETS!

Or, get your tickets in advance on Eventbrite, or buy them at the door with cash or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover.)

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