Makers on the Map

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It’s that time of year coming up when Makers hop into trains, planes, automobiles, maybe even a flying saucer to be transported to a new place. While there, you may want to take a peek at what the local Makers are doing. (We hear that serious making is a good antidote to your feast-induced postprandial stupor.)

Whether you’re looking for Makers in a new place or right in your own backyard, there are a handful resources to help you find them. When people ask us where to find Makers, we often share these few attempts to map all the makers and making activities out there. Use these resources to turn every vacation into a Make-cation!

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Maps made by Maker Media and friends

  • 130+ Maker Faires, and counting
  • Makerspaces that have registered with us
  • Maker Camp affiliate locations most active during the summer, but may have programs year-round.
  • Young Makers clubs
  • hodgemapA map made by Lauren Hodge for her thesis in 2013, to chart where making was happening in informal education settings and more.
  • Maps that emerged as part of the White House Maker Faire this summer
    • Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 1.11.12 PMNation of Makers map from the National Day of Making, generated by project photo tweets to #NationofMakers
    • A map by ESRI map of White House Maker Faire exhibitors, honored makers, participating universities and libraries, and Maker Mayors (shown below). 
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ESRI’s map of White House Maker Faire’s Maker Mayors (June 2014)

 

Other Maps

Oddball Outings

For quirky destinations, check out the fun book The Geek Atlas and the site Atlas Obscura (my personal favorite.)

What public maps / databases do YOU use to find Maker-related people, events, and things by geography? Please add to my list by commenting below!

Michelle, or Binka, makes . While at Maker Media, she oversaw publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium, in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers. When she’s not supporting future makers, including her two young sons, Binka does some making of her own, most often as a visual artist.

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