Reaching Out to Makers in Texas

In preparation for Maker Faire in Austin October 20-21, I’ll be coming to Texas in late August and September. We’ve already spent a lot of time in Austin rounding up makers. Now I want to make sure we reach makers from the entire state of Texas. Are you a maker who lives in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio? Are you involved in making things at Rice or Texas A&M? If so, I’d like to hear from you so I can encourage you to to come to Maker Faire.

If there’s interest, I can make plans to meet groups of local makers on one of my upcoming trips. We can organize a meeting in a coffee shop or pub. If you live or work in one of these cities or universities, please contact me. Also, please feel free to send me introductions to makers that should be invited to participate in Maker Faire. You can also direct your fellow makers to the Maker Faire entry form. Our deadline for open entries closes next week, August 15. We will continue to take entries by invitation after that date.

So please help us make sure we see all of Texas at Maker Faire. We’ve already got a great program lined up but we’re always looking to discover more makers.

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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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