Every year, Make magazine hosts Maker Faires in San Francisco, Detroit and New York. The events attract people from all over the world to show off their latest engineering and artistic creations. For those who can't make it to the three main Maker Faires, local groups host their own in places like Luxembourg, Rome and Tokyo. Starting this year, the White House will be joining their ranks.
The White House announced this morning that it will host its own Maker Faire in 2014. While no stranger to hosting events that celebrate the sciences, this will be the first time the White House has hosted an event that focuses on makers - young and old.
So, why is the White House suddenly interested in hosting a Maker Faire? It says that Joey Hudy - the kid that made the marshmallow cannon - inspired the administration to host a Maker Faire after Hudy handed Obama a business card that said, "Don't be bored, make something." The administration will be using this, alongside the hashtag #IMadeThis, as a rallying cry for the upcoming Maker Faire.
While the Maker Faire is not exclusively about 3D printing, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few at the White House later this year. The administration has heavily invested in 3D printing as the future of manufacturing, and the hobbyist-built 3D printers are some of the best being made today. The White House would love to highlight these 3D printers as further proof that America is leading the charge in new types of manufacturing.
There's no specified date yet for the Maker Faire, but the White House says it will take place later this year. If you want to participate, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your invention.
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