According to Mitch Altman, 22 hackerspaces were represented at Maker Faire Detroit. That’s quite an impressive turnout from the Midwest and Canada.

OmniCorp Detroit (OCD) — Detroit, MI

I3 — Ferndale, MI

All Hands Active (AHA) — Ann Arbor, MI

A2 MechShop — Ann Arbor, MI

Site3 — Toronto, ON

Hacklab.TO — Toronto, ON

Kwartzlab — Kitchener, ON

think|haus — Hamilton, ON

BloomingLabs — Bloomington, IN

Independent Media Center — Urbana, IL

LVL1 — Louisville, KY

Hive13 — Cincinnati, OH

Arch Reactor — St. Louis, MO

CCCKC — Kansas City, MO

Paper Street Motors — Detroit, MI

Pumping Station: One — Chicago, IL

Hack PGH — Pittsburgh, PA

Noisebridge — San Francisco, CA

LVL1 — Louisville, KY

Quad Cities Co-Lab — Quad Cities, IL/IA

Sector67 — Madison, WI

Interlock Rochester — Rochester, NY

The founder of Noisebridge in SF, Mitch organized a panel discussion on hackerspaces on both days at Maker Faire Detroit. In addtion, he was organizing the “learn to solder” area. Mitch is currently on a “Learn to Solder” tour of hackerspaces in the Midwest and he’s scheduled to be in Louisville, KY this Saturday at LVL1 hackerspace. The Louisville Courier-Journal featured LVL1 in a recent article:

Maker Movement expands to Louisville: Area gadget builders open workshop

The growth of hackerspaces, particularly over the last year, is just amazing.

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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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