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We are excited to announce that Maker Faire Orlando will return for our 5th annual event on October 22nd & 23rd, 2016. When we started this event as a Mini Maker Faire in 2012, we could not have imagined that just a few years later we’d be hosting a weekend-long event with over 15k participants. Each year we work to improve the event based on your feedback, and for 2016 we have some BIG changes planned.
- New Date – We are moving the event to late October for cooler, dryer weather (hopefully!). This new date also gives educators more time to work with their new students so they can exhibit at Maker Faire.
- Location – We will be returning to the Central Florida Expo Park (Fairgrounds) – we’ve already reserved the entire facility – including all the expo space (4 buildings) and a 50k sq. ft. covered pavilion. We know parking has been a challenge the last few years – with 8k parking spaces on-site at the fairgrounds, we won’t need offsite parking for Makers or attendees!
- More Space for Each Maker – With more space and larger, open-plan buildings, we are targeting 10×10 foot (or larger) spaces for Makers. We also plan to create themed areas for Maker groups to connect and work together to create an awesome exhibit area – with workshops by those makers in the same area.
- Lower Ticket Price – We will be decreasing ticket prices – AND creating sponsorship options to provide tickets to local schools.
- Event Proceeds – The event proceeds will now directly benefit the Maker community as part of the mission of The Maker Effect Foundation.
While the Orlando Science Center building will no longer be the event venue, the Orlando Science Center organization is a valued community partner. The OSC team is awesome – they have embraced the event and the maker community as part of their mission to “Inspire Science Learning for Life”, and we look forward to including the OSC team, and OSC members in Maker Faire Orlando for many years.
Stay tuned as we work with our Makers and Community Partners to produce a very exciting 5th Anniversary event! We hope you will continue to be part of the event – and we will need your support to make it great. If you want to get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a great role for you!
On behalf of The Maker Effect Foundation,
Jessica, Candy, Ian, Dave & Ann.