The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is the celebration of innovation, ingenuity, and making in all of its forms–from technology to sustainability to culinary to art to robotics, and beyond! Our goal is to showcase the best in creativity and D-I-Y, and make it easy for curious people to come and see firsthand the skill and ingenuity that’s happening here in New Orleans and around the region.
Now in its fifth year, our showcase has seen extraordinary growth since the inaugural event in 2014. Our first year featured 35 makers and was attended by 1,000 people. In 2015 we hosted 85 makers and welcomed over 2,300 attendees. 2016 saw 90 makers/performers/speakers and over 3,000 attendees, and 2017 hosted more than 90 makers and over 4,000 attendees! This year, our mission is to continue to seek out and showcase the culture of art, design, and do-it-yourself that has made New Orleans one of America’s most unique cities.
ABOUT BRICOLAGE ACADEMY OF NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is presented by Bricolage Academy of New Orleans, an open enrollment New Orleans charter school. Our students and our staff exhibit the maker mindset. We have created a school unlike any other in the city—one focused equally on academic excellence, educational equity, student diversity and innovation. New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is an extension of our innovation classroom and our mission to create innovators.
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Silver Spring, Ottawa, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle, Hannover, Oslo, Trondheim, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires. In addition, over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in the East Bay.
Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.
Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects.
Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages.
Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.