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BACKGROUND

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire has teamed up with Bricolage Academy of New Orleans, an open enrollment New Orleans charter school, to create a showcase for all New Orleans Makers–young and old, to put on the Greatest Show (And Tell) On Earth! Makers from all ages and backgrounds range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, homesteaders to business owners, scientists to garage tinkerers, artists to chefs, and musicians to students. 

Microsoft Australia Technology Evangelist Lawrence Crumpton

Microsoft Australia Technology Evangelist Lawrence Crumpton will be Keynote Speaker of the 2017 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

Now in its fourth year, the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire has more than doubled in size from it’s inaugural year. This year there are exciting new additions to our event including drone racing, a Skype session with a NASA astronaut, and a Print-It-Yourself t-shirt booth as well as Keynote Speaker Lawrence Crumpton, a Technology Evangelist from Microsoft Australia who will talk about Hacking Human Potential.

We are expecting more than 100 exhibiting makers, speakers, and presenters. Maker exhibits feature robotics, drones, arts and crafts, 3D printers, electronics hacking, young maker projects, giant origami, bubbles, parade contraptions, and much much more! In addition to maker exhibits, presentations, workshops and performances are scheduled throughout the event. Last year welcomed special guest Maker Bob Clagett of I Like to Make Stuff and Washitaw Nation Big Chief David Montana, a longtime Mardi Gras Indian. Performances included a Wearable Technology Fashion Show and headliner New Orleans Steamcog Orchestra. This year we’ll have another exciting line up – our offerings include our Keynote Speaker, Microsoft Australia Technology Evangelist Lawrence Crumpton, who will be traveling all the way from Sydney to spend the day with us!

Proceeds from the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire will benefit Bricolage Academy, a Kindergarten-3rd school with 340 students, as it grows one grade at at time to become a K-12th grade school for 1,300 students by 2025. Bricolage and the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire are proud to support innovators who will change the world, both at home and across the globe.

ABOUT BRICOLAGE

At Bricolage, 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.

We define innovation as creative problem solving, and we embed that tenet throughout our curriculum. Two times per week, our diverse student body participates in an innovation class, where they explore their individual intelligences and learn through collaboration, experience, and making. More than an extension of the core science and math curricula, the innovation class is co-curricular problem solving, engineering, design, and creativity.

The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is an extension of our innovation classroom and our mission to create innovators. We hope that you join us in our efforts to advance educational equity, create innovators, and influence New Orleans public education by supporting the Fourth Annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire.

ABOUT MAKER FAIRE

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. In 2006, a group of creative, curious people in the Bay Area came together to show, learn, and celebrate making things. By 2014, a record 215,000 people attended two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Mini Maker Faires are independent, locally produced celebrations of local maker culture. The Maker Media Mini Maker Faire program provides tools and resources to help others to make a Maker Faire event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of their community.

Maker Faire is brought to the world by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes Make: Magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

Learn more about Maker Faire at http://makerfaire.com/makerfairehistory/

MEDIA INQUIRES

Media inquiries and media sponsorships are more than welcome!  Please contact Scott Thomas at info@nolamakerfaire.com with questions or for more information.

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