As you know—over the last 20 months or so—our HCx3DP Community has helped birth and foster Health Maker Lab, Inc. (HML). HML’s “middle name” bespeaks the Maker Movement. Now, DigiFab Making is helping to empower Healthcare and the DIY/DIT (Do-It-Together) efforts to leverage LifeSci to enhance Health at the grassroots level of local communities.
As big a force as we believe Making to be, it is still “under the radar” of most Americans. This despite the 135 Maker Faires of every size held around the world in 2015. And, President Obama’s personal interest in Making at a Faire at the White House in 2014 and the National Maker Faires in 2015 and—just concluded—in 2016 in Washington, DC.
World Maker Faire here in NYC—the 7th Annual—takes place on 1 and 2 October 2016 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Last year the event hosted 95K Makers and “would bes” in two weekend days at the end of September. (This is the second largest Maker Faire in the world annually—the largest is Maker Faire Bay Area, with a 135K attendees last year.)
Three months or so in advance of World Maker Faire, the folks at Maker Media (parent of the Faires, “Make: Magazine” and many other Maker “vehicles”) hold a “Town Hall” here in NYC. Here’s how Maker Media’s Sherry Huss, VP and in charge of the Faire’s operation, positions the Town Halls:
“In addition to providing updates on the event, our goal is to recruit Makers, answer questions, continue to generate ideas, form working groups and connect with people and organizations that are interested in participating in the 7th Annual World Maker Faire New York.
“If there are others that you know that would like to get involved, please feel free to invite them too. This event is open to the public and we would love to connect with people, groups and organizations that should be involved with Maker Faire. Feel free to spread the word and invite interested parties.
“If you have participated in World Maker Faire New York, attended a Maker Faire Town Hall in the past, want to talk to us about a group exhibit or are new and want to learn more, we will have our Maker Faire team at this event to work with you.
“In addition, we will be updating you on highlights from The National Week of Making. The maker movement is providing new insights into local and global manufacturing,design, workforce development, education and even creative culture.”
I’ll be attending this Town Hall—as I have the last two years. The Maker Media people are good folks to know—for all the interests of Makers.
The Town Hall will be held at Kickstarter in Brooklyn, at 58 Kent Street, Wednesday (tomorrow!), 29 June, at 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Organizer, HCx3DP Meetup NY &
Founder, Health Maker Lab, Inc.