Mayor Participates in White House Maker Faire – and so does Ithaca!

Have you ever wanted to invent the next greatest thing that no one can live without? Well, now is your chance and Ithaca is the place to do it!  On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Mayor Svante L. Myrick will be participating in the Mayors Maker Challenge and White House Maker Faire.  The Maker Faire will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.  President Obama has invited mayors, colleges, libraries, museums, and companies from across the country to join him in supporting a generation of Americans who are “makers of things, not just consumers of things.”

In addition to the Maker Faire, June 18th will be a nationwide Day of Making and communities across America will be sharing and celebrating their involvement in this movement, including Ithaca.  Ithaca Generator, our own maker space, is hosting an open house from 4PM to 8PM at Press Bay Alley,  116 West Green Street, Build your own laser light show, see the Flaming Wave Tube, check out some Laser Cut Maps, and tell us what you like to make! To add to the excitement, a two-way video feed between Ithaca Generator and the White House will be established so Mayor Myrick can showcase Ithaca’s innovations, and share information and ideas being highlighted at the White House.

Consider participating in the Day of Making in your own way:

  • Post photos of a current maker project you are working on or choose a new project to work on and ask a couple of friends or family members to build it with you.
  • Host an open house at your local makerspace or set up a hangout online to connect and share your inventions with Makers across the country.
  • Volunteer to be a mentor for someone who is interested in learning a new skill or find a mentor who would be interested in teaching a new skill you want to learn.
  • Create a project of your own and then share the plans for your project online through Maker platforms so others can also make, modify, or remix your project.
  • Organize a maker roundtable to identify and convene maker thought leaders in your community.  Develop Making initiatives, programs, and activities in your neighborhood.

You can follow the action online at: www.whitehouse.gov/makerfaire

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