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Announcing the Crafter’s Challenge


When you hear “cycle,” what do you see? Recycle? Bicycle? Water cycle? Baseball cycle? Now put your vision into a crafted piece, and enter the Nashville Mini Maker Faire: Crafters’ Challenge.

All types of creative crafted pieces are welcome: sculptures, paintings, quilts, wearables, designs… something completely new and different, etc.

Entries will be displayed at the Faire, and winners will be chosen by celebrity judges and popular votes. You could be a winner! And thousands of people will see your creation.


  • Your artwork must incorporate your interpretation of the word “cycle”.
  • You must fill out a Maker application and indicate you are entering the Crafters’ Challenge.


Email your questions to John Hawkins (

Nashville Mini Maker Faire 2014 call for makers is open!

Our official Call for Makers is open!

Submit your Maker application!

We will list the 2014 Makers on this page as they are accepted. Until then, you can take a look at the 2013 Makers here.

What will I see at the Nashville Mini Maker Faire?



(subject to change):

  • 3D scanning & printing
  • Robotics
  • Millennium Falcon cockpit
  • DIY electronics
  • Hand crafted instruments
  • Full-size R2-D2 robots
  • Electric vehicles
  • Origami
  • Jungle gym of sound
  • CNC mill
  • Vacuum-forming
  • Natural soaps & candles
  • Recycled object artwork & jewelry
  • Home made jet engine
  • Steampunk props, costumes, and contraptions
  • Nerf dart Gatling gun
  • Architectural model making
  • Ping Pong ball launcher
  • Mobile self-portrait gallery
  • Solar powered circuit boards
  • Silkscreening & printmaking
  • Circuit-bent toys
  • Paper mosaics
  • Radio transmitters & receivers
  • Animatronics
  • Giant dinosaur skeleton
  • and much more

Application deadline extended to August 1, 2013

We have extended the deadline for maker applications to August 1, 2013.

Click here to learn more about applying, or if you’re ready to submit your application, click on the Makers Apply Here button to the right of this post.

If you have already submitted an application by the original deadline of July 13, we will get back to you about your acceptance by July 27.

There are plenty of ways to get involved with Nashville Mini Maker Faire. You can be an exhibitor, a vendor, a sponsor, a speaker, a performer, a workshop leader and a volunteer!



What exactly is a Maker Faire and why would I want to come?

Some folks have asked “What exactly is a Maker Faire and why would I want to come?”

Here’s a great teaser video from the Bay Area Maker Faire:

Scouting Exhibitors at Southern Thunder 2013

WP_20130622_011The NMMF crew is always on the prowl looking for great exhibitors.  Last weekend, June 22nd, I attended Southern Thunder in Manchester, TN.  Talk about an atmosphere full of explosive maker enthusiasm!

There were dozens of maker-built rockets on display both on the ground and in the air and some that went in the air and quickly came back to the ground.  They had several different sizes of launch stands and it was a very diverse group of rocket builders.  I spoke to a college kid who built a ~12 ft tall rocket that launched from one of the large launch pads.  There were retired aerospace engineers.   They had small beginner launch pads from which my own 5 & 6 year olds launched their first rockets.  This was an event ripe with Maker Faire fruit.

The event coordinators were gracious enough to let me make an announcement to the crowd of about 100 advertising the Nashville Mini Maker Faire and I followed that up by walking the crowd and giving out a hand full of NMMF business cards.  I talked to a few folks that were very excited about the Faire and I hope to see them again as exhibitors.

However, I was mostly surprised that most of the folks I talked to had never heard of the Maker Movement or of a Maker Faire.  I expected that with this crowd these would not be new terms.  This just goes to show that we still have a lot of work to do in regards to educating the world about the movement.  It also goes to show the potential for growth for the movement.  If this esteemed group of makers didn’t know they were makers then there are certainly many more like them out there to be discovered.

If you know of an event like Southern Thunder that features makers out in the wild doing their thing, please let us know!  We’d like to go meet them and drag them to the Faire.

Thursday at Adventure Science Center’s Science Cafe: The Maker Revolution feat. Chris Lee


On Thursday, June 20th, Chris Lee will discuss “The Maker Revolution” at Adventure Science Center’s Science Cafe.

Science Cafe is a series of informal discussions on current issues in science. This month’s talk is all about making stuff! Speaker Chris Lee is the co-chair of Make Nashville, one of the local groups partnering with Adventure Science Center to put on the Nashville Mini Maker Faire on September 21. He builds AMAZING things like thisthisthis, and this. Oh, and did I mention he’s building a full scale Millennium Falcon?

Here’s the full description from the Adventure Science Center Science Cafe page.

“Recent innovations such as open-source design, crowdsourcing, and 3-D printing are enabling inventors to become entrepreneurs. Chris Lee will talk about maker culture, tinkering, and the fun of ‘learning by doing.’

“Chris Lee ( has been making things, building gadgets, and creating costumes and props as a hobby since 1977. He is a founding member of the Apparition Abolishers, ( a steampunk costuming group. He creates all of the weapons, hard costume gear, and most of the props used by the group. The group is currently promoting their steampunk sideshow known as ‘Dr. Torque’s Traveling Exposition of Curious Contraptions and Fantastical Oddities,’ which debuted during GMX 2011 ( In 1995, Chris was one of the first stormtroopers of the 501st Legion (, which has grown to thousands of active members worldwide. He is a member of the Rebel Legion and R2 Builders club ( His droid R2-G4 can be seen at many conventions and charity events. Chris is also building an online community ( to crowdsource the construction a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon. In the business world, Chris is VP of Technology for Anode, Inc. ( where he has worked for over 20 years creating world-class interactive experiences for museums, science centers, schools, and libraries.”

The Maker Revolution: Moving from Consumer to Creator
Speaker: Chris Lee, VP of Technology for Anode, Inc.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013, 7-8 p.m., FREE
Adventure Science Center, Nashville, TN

I adapted this post from my post at Theatre Intangible.

NMMF Makes an Appearance at the Southland Conference

WP_20130612_002On June 12th, Nashville hosted the Southland conference to unite regional entrepreneurs, national investors, and local makers in a unique setting to allow open discussion of ideas and how to turn those ideas into operating companies.  Our Makers were on the scene to promote the Nashville Mini Maker Faire (NMMF) and to inform the visitors about the technological & artistic opportunities that Nashville has available.

Several Nashville groups were represented at the NMMF booth including Chris Lee of the Apparition Abolitionists who brought the insanely popular fully functioning R2D2 droid and some steampunk costume pieces.  The Middle Tennesse Robotic Arts Society had talking robots on show.


NashMicro was there to talk about the Gadgeteer electronics prototyping platform and to blow holes in Zombies with a microcontroller automated pneumatic Gatling gun.  Trevor Hearn of SkyDogCon etched bamboo spoons, dog tags, & carabineers for all the attendees using his 40W laser!

Southland SE 2013 BannerI think its safe to say that NMMF had the most popular tables at the event!  The excitement around Makers and the Mini Maker Faire was high.  Several new possible exhibitor and sponsor contacts were made and the NMMF is going to be a better event because of participating at Southland.

Southland, hosted by Launch Tennessee, is a two day conference held at the Cannery Ball Room in Nashville.  More than 650 people attended the event and it has received rave revues.

2013 Nashville Mini Maker Faire: Call for Makers Now Open!


The planning for the inaugural Nashville Mini Maker Faire, September 21st at the Adventure Science Center, is in full swing. I’m happy to announce that our call for makers is officially open!

What are we looking for? Passionate and creative makers! The Faire is a daylong celebration of making. We want people to show off their cool inventions, sell their wares, teach workshops, give presentations, and perform with their handmade gear. We’re also looking for volunteers. We need social media gurus, planners, bloggers, av techs, general volunteers, and more. Leadership positions are still available. If you’d like to be a part of the Faire, head on over to our Participate page to learn more. Once you know what you want to do, fill out the Nashville Mini Maker Faire Application.

We’re also seeking sponsorship from creative enterprises. Find out more on our Sponsor the Faire page.

Middle Tennessee is bursting at the seams with creative people. We hope the Faire will serve as a uniting force for all the amazing groups and individuals in the area.

Here are just a few of the many creative organizations that call Nashville home:


Fort Houston is a 10,000+ sq ft creative space on Houston Street in south Nashville that houses a wood shop, mechanical shop, screen-printing shop, stage, classroom and various shared and dedicated work desks.


Put on by the Nashville Women’s STEAM group, Ladies’ Hack Day is a day for women of all skill levels and ages to get together and build something radical. If you’ve *never* written a line of code in your life, but you want to learn, they want you there! If you’re a super awesome programmer who knows more about compilers than Grace Hopper, they’re honored to have you. You’ll leave with a fully functioning project that you can call your own.


The Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society is a robotics / makers / technology group in Nashville that meets monthly at the Faire’s home, Adventure Science Center. Newbies, gearheads and everyone in between are welcome.


Arts Cubed is a local group that puts on the enormously popular cons Middle Tennessee Anime Convention, Geek Media Expo, and Nashville Zombie Walk. They advance popular visual, performing and literary arts – along with related cultural experiences central to the lives of the community – through events, outreach, education and associated initiatives.


The International Puppet Festival is a three day June event at the Downtown Public Library that hosts performances and workshops from puppetry artists from around the world. One of the guests this year is Phillip Huber, the Emmy award-winning master puppeteer, perhaps best known for his marionette work in Being John Malkovich.


The Apparition Abolishers is a group of costumers, artists, prop-makers and performers. They have won several awards for their costumes, including Best in Show at the 2012 Dragon*Con Masquerade Costume Contest for “Chloe Seachord and her Mechanical Steampunk Wings” (by Leah D’Andrea and Chris Lee).


Plugged In Inc is local technology organization that puts on the popular yearly “unconferences” BarCamp Nashville and PodCamp Nashville.  Their mission is to provide financial stewardship, risk management and volunteer leadership development for Nashville area zero admission fee events.