June 18 2014
A few decades ago, the term DIY usually referred to handmade-zines, quilts, and scarfs. Today, DIY has been turned into an major industry. In the last few years, DIY culture has expanded into the realm of technology into what it is now called the Maker Movement or Maker Culture.
The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses new and unique applications of technologies, and encourages invention and prototyping. -Wikipedia
There is also a documentary about the Maker Movement called 'Maker.' There is even a national magazine dedciated to the Make Movement called 'Make.' In 2006, the publication started to host an event called Maker Faire. The first one was held in the Bay Area.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
Even the White House held a Maker Faire today, which you can stream it via the White House website. Now, Maker Faire's are held all over the country in several cities. In September of this year, Maker Faire Official will be hosted in Milwaukee for the first time. Milwaukee's Maker Faire will be held September 27-28 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis and it will be free. Milwaukee's Maker Faire co-hosted by Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace.
Milwaukee Maker Faire is also looking for Makers to take part. If you are interested, you can visited their website for more details.
Check out the trailer for Maker documentary via Kickstarter