Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire Issues Call for Makers

Tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists and artists of all ages can apply online by July 16 to be featured at Chattanooga’s second Mini Maker Faire.

The Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire celebrates the maker movement and welcomes people from all backgrounds to showcase their creations free of charge at the First Tennessee Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Graham Bredemeyer, director of the Faire, said that the purpose of the event is to bring the community together to learn about the amazing maker talent in Chattanooga.

“It was my hope to make this an annual event after the inaugural Faire in 2014 was such a success,” Bredemeyer said. “I’m not only looking forward to featuring the maker’s projects but also to connect the makers in the area with each other for better collaboration. It is a great opportunity for education, inspiration and community growth.”

The daylong, free to attend event will feature projects, performances, competitions and workshops. Organizers are seeking interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making things. Some of those submissions may include automated electronics, sustainability projects and large-scale art.

Bredemeyer said that last year’s event featured a wide variety of DIY products, from hydroponic gardens to a life-size R2D2 and a fire tornado, powered by pedaling a bicycle. “We had about 60 makers show their projects last year and explain how they created them,” he said.

Dozens of makers will be featured, and participants are encouraged to apply early due to limited space.

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