Category Archives: Area Makers

Not Finished? No Problem!

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Our Call for Makers has been extended to August 20, 2016! But what if your cool project isn’t done yet? That’s okay, and here’s why…

Making is a process, a journey, if you will, and along that journey you learn things. Maybe you learn a new skill, or you learn why you should have used screws instead of nails, or why hot glue wasn’t the best choice. All of these little details of a project create an experience, and the experience is something you can share at Maker Faire.

Maybe you’ve been working on a project for years, and it’s still not done. Showing it to people, and talking through it may give you new ideas, or the boost of energy you need to complete the project. (Maybe you’ll complete it by next year and bring it back as a finished project!)

Above all, what we’re looking for is people who will come to Maker Faire and share. Share their projects (finished or not) but also share their knowledge, what they learned along the way. Just showing what you’ve got so far can be inspiring to someone who hasn’t even started a project yet.

Don’t wait! Submit your project, finished or not, to the Call for Makers today!

Save The Date – 9/17/2016

Today we had a great kick off meeting for the 2016 Nashville Mini Maker Faire. This year’s event is going to be the best yet! The planning committee met at the Adventure Science Center and set the date for this year’s faire:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Empty your closets!

Bring any clothing you’d like to give away, swap, fix, or improve to the Nashville Mini Maker Faire on September 12.  Turnip Green will be hosting a Swap-O-Rama-Rama clothing and fabric play event.Swap-O-Rama-Rama T-Shirt

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a model for textile repurposing: a clothing swap and do-it-yourself workshops that explore creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing.

Here is some more information about Swap-O-Rama-Rama:  SORR Website

To participate, come to the Nashville Mini Maker Faire (tickets can be purchased here) and

Contribute – When you attend the swap bring at least one bag of your unwanted clothing and a small donation (any amount accepted). Every swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who attend. Everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new/used items from the pile. Take as little or as much clothing from this pile as you like, it’s all free.

There will be folks available to help with a fixing clinic, demonstrations on tips and techniques, and opportunities to learn and play with fabric and clothing.

Feel free to bring your own sewing equipment and supplies — some will be available but more is always helpful and welcome.

Have fun and see you at the Faire!

The Nashville Mini Maker Faire 2015 CALL FOR MAKERS is Officially Open!

The Nashville Mini Maker Faire 2015 CALL FOR MAKERS is Officially Open!


The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is currently accepting entries for Maker Exhibitors for the 2015 Faire set Saturday, September 12, 2015, at the Adventure Science Center. We’re looking forward to reviewing your application for our 3rd Annual Maker Faire!

Click here to learn more about being a Maker at the Faire!

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.

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!


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.