So, That White House Maker Faire Is Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first White House Maker Faire.  Starting at 10 a.m. Eastern you can watch the festivities, which may or may not strongly resemble the format of the White House Science Fairs (a pre-show with relevant science/technology personality of note, the President visits a few projects, then makes a speech touting an educational program).  Visit whitehouse.gov/live to watch it live, and it will likely be archived within 24 hours.  There will likely be an appearance of the marshmallow cannon from the 2012 White House Science Fair.

Tomorrow is also designated as a Day Of Making.  The White House encourages people to share their making experiences online and/or in person.  Their preferred hashtag for the social media is #NationofMakers.  MAKE magazine will hold an all-day meetup at its headquarters, including an online event from 5-7 p.m. Pacific time.

One of the Makers featured tomorrow will be an entrepreneur – Lisa Qiu Fetterman of Nomiku – who developed a sous vide cooking system for home use.  It will be interesting to see how well the White House meets the breadth of the Maker movement (which includes art and craft as well as science and technology) or if it sees the effort predominantly through the eyes of manufacturing and small business. The visibility of Mike Wright (a Maker of wide interests), might be an indicator.

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