We’re organizing a Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, July 10th in Aspen, Colorado in association with the Aspen Ideas Festival. We’ll be at the base of the ski lift in Gondola Plaza from 10am to 3pm. We’re organizing Make activities and fun things to do for families.

We are planning for about a dozen makers to participate. Note that we’ll be outside under tents so things that work well inside under controlled lighting might not work so well here. Rockets, kite-aerial photography, mobile robots and music making should work well.

If you’re a maker in the Rocky Mountain area and like to participate in the Aspen Mini Maker Faire, please contact Kate Rowe (kate at makezine.com). Also, if you’re interested in helping out in other ways, please let Kate know.

I’m looking forward to bringing a little bit of Maker Faire to the Rocky Mountains. If you live or vacation in the area, please stop by and see us on Saturday July 10th.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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