White House Maker Faire

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National Day of Making: White House Hosting Its Maker Faire June 18th

On June 18th, a select group of makers will get to show off their projects at the White House and talk with the President about making and how it has shaped their lives.

Back in February of 2012, we saw Joey Hudy launch marshmallows in the White House with President Obama grinning over his shoulder. With the young maker as an ambassador, those quick blasts of sugary goodness inspired the White House to host their own Maker Faire.

The band OK Go, known for their maker-themed music videos, has been tapped to help spread the word. (Check out their video above).

The message from the official announcement is loud and clear.

Like OK Go, the President is fired up about hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire, where he will celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future by using new tools and techniques to make just about anything in local communities and classrooms.

While the White House has held several science and education related events, this will be the very first Maker Faire on the grounds. The participating makers will be announced in the near future.

In conjunction to the White House Maker Faire, June 18th is also being proclaimed as National Day of Making. The White House lists several ways to participate, such as:

We’ll be revealing even more ways for makers coast-to-coast to participate in the National Day of Making as well; watch for updates on makezine.com shortly.

This month is going to be very exciting for the Maker community.

0 thoughts on “National Day of Making: White House Hosting Its Maker Faire June 18th

  1. AdamTolley says:

    Is this event open to public attendance? If not, I cry foul on calling it a Maker Faire

    1. National Day of Making: White House Hosting Its Maker Faire June 18th Caleb Kraft says:

      unfortunately it isn’t open to the public. We think it is great though. I believe there was a public maker faire in DC last weekend.

      1. AdamTolley says:

        That is good, but I stand by my name quibble. Also I have been looking for a nearby Maker Faire and missed that one, I feel like its easy to miss them and hard to sign up – I have gone looking for a way to attend the NY Faire a couple times now and come away empty handed. Does attendance registration happen only after the call for makers?

  2. Michael Albers says:

    It’s a shame we didn’t get a table flip at the end of that video…

    1. National Day of Making: White House Hosting Its Maker Faire June 18th Caleb Kraft says:

      that would make any video better.


I get ridiculously excited seeing people make things. I just want to revel in the creativity I see in makers. My favorite thing in the world is sharing a maker's story. You can find me on twitter at @calebkraft and on youtube

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