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Exciting Plans Underway for Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017

Free Admission, Call for Makers and More

For Immediate Release


Jenna Shuknecht, Maker Faire Pittsburgh Operations Director

Bill Schlageter, Director of Marketing

(July 7, 2017) – Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017, produced by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh in cooperation with HackPittsburgh, will be held on October 14 and 15, 2017, at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Buhl Community Park.

For the first time in its three-year history, admission to Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017, as well as the Children’s Museum, will be free.

The Call for Makers for Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017 is also officially open! We are accepting applications from individuals, groups, schools, clubs, organizations and entrepreneurs interested in being a maker presenter.  We welcome eclectic, diverse and forward-thinking projects and ideas that highlight the DIY and tinkering spirit.

Exhibits and displays range from student projects, vintage computers and game systems, chemistry projects, puppets, kites, bicycles and textile arts and crafts to robotics, 3D printers and CNC mills, rockets and R/C toys, green tech, electric vehicles, biotech, innovative tools and everything in between.

The Call for Makers closes on August 1, 2017.  More details and maker application at

For more information on Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017, visit 

About Maker Faire
Called the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, Maker Faire is part county fair, part science fair, and part something entirely new.  As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it is an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Maker Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations while attendees get a glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves. For information, visit

About Children’s Museum Pittsburgh
We're having a great time at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the only thing missing is you. The Museum welcomes more than 306,000 visitors annually and provides “real stuff” experiences for play, learning and fun.  Expend creative energy at our in-house designed exhibits including the Art Studio, Attic, Garage, Backyard, Nursery and Waterplay (because it's just not fun until your underwear is soaked.)  Tinker in MAKESHOP, a space for children and families to make, play and design using the same materials, tools and processes used by professional artists, builders, programmers and creators of all kinds. The Museum’s maker-focused initiatives include serving as a Maker Corps site for the Maker Education Initiative, Making Spaces program, Youth Maker workshops, MAKEnight (21+) events and presenting Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire from 2011-2013 and Maker Faire Pittsburgh from 2015-2017. For more information, visit

About HackPittsburgh
HackPittsburgh is a non-profit, community-based workshop that allows members to come together and share skills & tools to pursue creative projects. Membership is open to everyone but typically comprises inventors, engineers, scientists, programmers, hobbyists, artists, roboteers, families, entrepreneurs, and arts and crafts enthusiasts. HackPittsburgh’s focus is on collaboration, education, and community outreach. A benevolent group HackPittsburgh does not promote or condone illegal activities. The term “hacking” is used in a benign sense, in the context of deconstructing and understanding objects and systems and re-purposing existing materials for new and innovative uses.
For more information, visit