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Pittsburgh Embraces Maker Faire!

More than 100 Exhibitors Answer the Round 1 Call for Makers

Donna Goyak, Maker Faire Pittsburgh Director,
Bill Schlageter, Director of Marketing
, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh,, (412) 586-6023

(July 22, 2015) - A drone that maps potholes, a 6-year old boy who teaches coding, a portable wind turbine, DYI claw/prize machine, robot petting zoo, musical tesla coil, origami creatures that sing, Arduino controlled irrigation systems, a Gatling gun that fires 180 rubber bands in 7 seconds, workshops in e-textiles, concrete casting and 3D printing, robots destroying fax machines for recycling, clinics for educators and aspiring entrepreneurs…these are just some of the more than 100 proposals received to date for exhibits at Maker Faire Pittsburgh, October 10-11, on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

“All Maker Faires showcase invention, creativity and resourcefulness,” says Donna Goyak, Maker Faire Pittsburgh Director, “but they also uniquely reflect the character of the regions where they are held.  It’s exciting to see how Maker Faire Pittsburgh is evolving to represent our region.”

Individuals, groups, schools, clubs, organizations and businesses are invited to apply to demonstrate what they make and share what they have learned with other makers and with the community. There is no fee to participate for non-commercial makers. Individuals who wish to promote or sell a product or service along with demonstrating what they make are charged a nominal fee. Start-ups and established businesses are welcomed as sponsors.

Maker Faire Pittsburgh’s Call for Maker’s final deadline is August 15. 

To participate, complete an entry form here:

Event details and ticket information will be announced in late August.  For more information, visit:

About Maker Faire Pittsburgh:

  • The inaugural Maker Faire Pittsburgh will be held on Saturday, October 10, and Sunday, October 11, 2015, on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Venues include Nova Place, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Buhl Community Park.   
  • Chevron and Make: are the presenting sponsors of Maker Faire Pittsburgh with major support from The Grable Foundation and others. 
  • Maker Faire Pittsburgh is produced by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh under a license agreement with Maker Media, Inc.  and in partnership with Faros Properties, Innovation Works, and the City of Pittsburgh.  Collaborators include HackPittsburgh, Assemble, TechShop Pittsburgh and Urban Innovation21.

What is 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’s 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 entrepreneurs. Makers come to show their creations while attendees get a glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves.

The original Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA, in 2006. As evidence of the growing “maker movement,” there are now more than 100 community-based, independently produced Maker Faires taking place around the globe.