Westport, CT –Maker Faire Westport is returning to Westport for its seventh year. This year’s Faire will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in downtown Westport, Connecticut. The event is free to attend.

“This year, our theme is #WeAreConnecticut where we will spotlight the people, places and organizations that make Connecticut a great place to live and work,” says Mark Mathias, Founder and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport. “We want to showcase the best of Connecticut and the surrounding areas.”

Items that attendees can expect to see this year include:

  • Up to five stages where attendees will be able to hear interesting people with compelling stories, panel discussions and engaging demonstrations;
  • The unveiling of the PlasmaBot, the world’s largest glass and plasma marionette. At 9 feet tall, it’s an amazing piece of creativity, engineering and light; and
  • Expanded footprint. We are continuing to expand our footprint to accommodate the increased activity at Maker Faire Westport as well as engage the downtown community.

PlasmaBot

Many of the favorite attractions, such as the Nerdy Derby and 3D printers, will be at the Faire, but as more people hear about Maker Faire Westport, the event continues to expand to attract a wider creative audience.

More announcements will be made as new attractions are confirmed.

“We are excited that we can continue to provide a forum for our vibrant Maker community to share their innovation and creativity,” says Alex Giannini, Manager of Experiential Learning at the Westport Library and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport. “Each year we are amazed by the growing impact Maker Faire Westport is having in our community. We are planning on yet another great highlight to our year-round maker interest!”

“Maker Faire Westport brings together the area’s most innovative ideas and the amazing members of our local Maker community,” added Mark Mathias.  “This event is the largest single-day event in downtown Westport, attracting families, businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and educators from the tri-state area. We are gratified with the reception from community we’ve had over the past six years. We are pleased that not only our name, but our event theme are reflective of the positive impact we’re having on a larger scale.”

Maker Faire Westport began in 2011 as the first official Maker Faire event in Connecticut. It has grown to become Connecticut’s largest event focused on creativity and innovation. Over the past six years, Maker Faire Westport has become a catalyst for tinkerers, artisans, engineers, schools, libraries, companies and communities. More than 50,000 people have attended Maker Faire Westport and many thousands more have benefited through educational programs, maker spaces, employment opportunities and business growth. This year, organizers expect to welcome a record 12,000 people to the Faire.

Companies that wish to benefit from sponsorship can contact Mark Mathias (mark@remarkablesteam.org or 203-226-1791) at Remarkable STEAM.

Maker Faire Westport is produced by Remarkable STEAM, Inc. in partnership with the Westport Library. The Maker Faire Westport name is licensed from Maker Media, Inc. For more information, go to westport.makerfaire.com.

About Remarkable STEAM

Remarkable STEAM is the leading Connecticut organization that promotes innovation and creativity in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). It focuses on support for education and job creation. Remarkable STEAM is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its leadership team founded and through generous community support, finances Maker Faire Westport and supports similar initiatives. It is creating “maker” events and facilities where people can improve their lives and communities.

About the Westport Library 

Since 1886, the Westport Library has been devoted to enriching the intellectual and creative lives of the residents of Westport. Overlooking the scenic Saugatuck River, the Westport Library is a vibrant community hub where people of all ages come to seek information, gain knowledge, exchange ideas and share experiences.

Construction is currently underway on a major renovation project at the Library.  Among other exciting features, the renovated space will feature an increased number of conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café, a professional, state-of-the-art recording studio, a larger dedicated MakerSpace and a HackerSpace workshop with prototyping equipment and co-working space. To learn more about the project visit: www.wltransformationproject.org.

The Westport Library earned the prestigious “Five-Star Library” status in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 from Library Journal, the nation’s premier publication for libraries. Only 1% percent of public libraries nationally earned 5 stars.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—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 2017 celebrated its twelfth annual show with some 1200 makers and 125,000 people in attendance.  World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in six years to 900+ makers and 95,000 attendees.  Forty larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few—and over 220 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced in the United States and in 43 other countries around the world.

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