Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.
Windsor-Essex has a true hidden treasure. We live across from an iconic city that has a rich history of Makers. We embodied Detroit’s vision. Windsor is labeled Canada’s Automotive Capital. We are literally a city of Makers. But we don’t stop at Automotive — Windsor has a unique community of artists, designers, crafters, engineers, scientists, tech stars, and much much more. We wanted to capitalize on this hidden gem and bring together Makers from all different backgrounds to showcase their hidden raw talents.
So, in 2018, the University of Windsor, EPICentre, along with St. Clair College, organized Windsor-Essex’s first Mini Maker Faire. The Faire hosted over 25 local makers and drew over 300 attendees including students, families, and fellow maker enthusiasts. Because the event had such a positive result, EPICentre continued the initiative to host the event again in 2019.
The 2019 Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire will be held at the University of Windsor, School of Creative Arts (SoCA), which is located in a brand-new facility that opened in December of 2017. SoCA was built in the Windsor Armouries, which has been a Windsor landmark since it was completed in 1902. It has served many functions as a place where the community gathers for concerts, markets and special events. The University of Windsor has engaged architects to re-imagine the Armouries as a new space for learning and community engagement, while maintaining the integrity of this historical building. See pictures on http://www.uwindsor.ca/campustransformation/331/armouries-construction-photos.
Because of this unique space, we decided to theme this years event: Where Tech Meets Art. Although we want to showcase Windsor-Essex’s extraordinary Art & Tech Makers, you will see a large array of different Makers participate in the Faire. Think you have what it takes to participate in something so EPIC? Well, you’re in luck. We are currently CALLING OUT ALL MAKERS! If you are a Maker who loves to tinker and build unique things and if you want to share your passion, apply today to be apart of the 2019 Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire. We are accepting applications until February 25th.