Here are some of the events scheduled for Saturday at Maker Faire Detroit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. Saturday’s hours are 9:30 am to 8pm. For a complete schedule and links for more information, see the full event schedule.


CAR TALKS – 10:30AM-12:00PM
• Moving Toward a New Era in Transportation Safety, Dr. Robert Bertini, DOT
• Detroit 2.0, K. Venkatesh Prasad, Ford
• Digital License Plate, Johnnie Carter

• 12:30PM MacGyver: The Making of a Cultural Icon, Lee Zlotoff
• 1:00PM Innovation in Young Minds, Major General Nick Justice, Commanding General, RDECOM & Dr. Jim Overholt, Director of Advanced Robotics
• 3:00PM-4:00PM Artology: Music and the Science of Sound, James Kurleto, Cranbrook Institute of Science
• 5:00PM Hands-on Minds, Elliot Washor of Big Picture Learning & Frank R. Wilson & Charles Mojkowski

• 11:00AM Citizen Commerce: Jules Pieri, Daily Grommet
• 12PM Building a Business from Junk Drawer Common Sense, Sarah Hodsdon,
• 1PM Hackerspaces Panel, Mitch Altman
• 2PM Paper Action Heroes, Austin Shyu
• 2:30PM Fusing Plastic,Tracie Lampe
• 3:00PM DIY Diversions: Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred, David Erik Nelson
• 3:30PM DIY Garden Irrigation, Jaime Wolfe
• 4:30PM Crafting with Xyron’s Creatopia, Brookelynn Morris
• 5:00PM Pinata Carving Tips, Lish Dorset & Nick Brisky
• 5:30PM How-To Knit Lace, Jeannine Gruska

**Additional Performances**

Illuminatus 2.1 Laser Lightshow (Anderson Theater) – 10, 12, 4:30 & 6PM
Power Racing Series events – 10, 1 & 3:30PM
COKE ZERO & MENTOS — 4PM (outside)

• 10 am & 2pm Metal Casting Demo, Rick Chownyk

MAKE DEMO Stage (near Maker Shed)

• 10:00AM SteamPunked RFID Globe,John Knight
• 11:00AM Make Cool Things With Microcontrollers, Mitch Altman
• 12PM Gyrocar and Hydraulic Ram, Matt Gryczan
• 1:00PM Foam Dart Shooting Range, DIY Skeeball, Matthew Switlik, i3Detroit
• 2:00PM 3D Printing with MakerBot, Bre Pettis, MakerBot Industries
• 3:00PM Cigar Box Guitars, Mark Frauenfelder, MAKE magazine
• 5:00PM Make and Fix Anything with iFixit and Make:Projects, Kyle Wiens, iFixit

Also, please join us for a special Maker Faire edition of IGNITE starting at 6pm in Anderson Theater. IGNITE features fun and informative 5-minute talks. This 90 minute program will start with the Illuminatus Laser Lightshow.


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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