Meeting Makers in Ohio This Week

After a good weekend in Pittsburgh and the Mini Maker Faire at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, I’m heading north through central Ohio. I’ll be stopping in Youngstown, Akron and Cleveland, and there’s public meetups in Akron and Cleveland.

I wrote recently following Maker Faire Detroit an article: Midwest at Its Best, and I’d like to collect more evidence of how makers in the midwest are getting together, creating projects and starting businesses. If you are a maker near any of these cities, please come out and say hello and show me something you make.

Youngstown

On Tuesday August 20, I’ll be visiting the Youngstown Business Incubator and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). On Wednesday morning, I’ll be at the OH WOW Children’s STEM Museum.
Thanks to Jack Scott and Julie Michael Smith of AST2 for making the arrangements.

Akron

On Wednesday, August 21, I’ll be visiting Ken Burns of Tiny Circuits who is hosting an open house from 3pm to 8pm at their offices in the B.F. Goodrich plant at Canal Place. Register at Eventbrite to get more details.

TinyCircuits is a startup focusing on the design and manufacturing of very small electronic circuits, represented by its TinyDuino product line. Also, in Canal Place is Henway Technologies, a electronics design startup (http://henwaytech.com/), and Event 38 Unmanned Systems (http://www.event38.com/), a startup that designs and manufactures unmanned Fixed Wing and multirotor systems for aerial survelliance.

Cleveland

On Thursday, August 22, James Krouse, an organizer of the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire, which was held in April of this year, is hosting a 7pm meeting at Tech Central in the Cleveland Public Library, which has its own makerspace. I look forward to meeting Cleveland makers and member of the Cleveland Makers Alliance.

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I’m always interested in learning more about makers and their cool projects, as well as those who are developing hardware products that we might carry in Maker Shed.

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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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