About UC Maker Faire

What is MakerFaire? Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire is a one-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, music, science, and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself spirit in our community. At the UC Mini Maker Faire, the focus is on the process of making — not just the finished product.

Emerging from MAKE Magazine, Make: Online, and CRAFT, Maker Faires have rapidly made a significant impact on American culture today. These regional events feature things people create themselves, from James Bond-worthy electronic gizmos to robotics and rockets to crafts. There has been extensive national coverage of the “maker movement” in publications such as the New York Times, CNN, and ABC News.

We hope to inspire, inform, educate, and entertain our local community of highly imaginative people who are transforming technology and crafting with unconventional and even renegade techniques and materials.

This isn’t a craft fair, and it’s not your average science fair! Come share in the delight in the magic of tinkering, hacking, creating, and reusing materials and technologies.

Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

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 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Urbana-Champaign.

About MAKE Magazine:


MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Subscribe here.

Besides the magazine and the faire, MAKE is:

  • a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions
  • a book publishing imprint with best-in-category titles on introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, Arduino and more.

UC Mini Maker Faire Organizers:

Emily Knox
Carleen Sacris
Edward Chainani
Monica Carr
Jeff Putney
Gergana Slavova
Heidi Krahling
Elizabeth Surbeck
Beth Simpson
Chris Ritzo

Venue:Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (ucimc.org)

Maker Agreement and Policies:Complete the Call for Maker application.

CONTACT: ucmakerfaire@gmail.com