We were able to attend the 2015 Detroit Maker Faire at The Henry Ford. It was an amazing experience and great feeling to be able to see such interest in being creative and the desire to create new things.
There were thousands of people there, with hundreds of hands on activities. Speaking of hands on, we saw a booth from All Hands Active a hackerspace in Ann Arbor. They had an opportunity for people to take apart electronics to see the inside working of common electronics like old TV's and microwaves. It kind of seems like it would be a good stress reliever and educational at the same time!
Even a hackerspace from Illinois was in attendance called Pumping Station: One. PS:1 offered anyone to be able to put together their own circuit boards with different components that were made available. An opportunity to entice the curiosity of future makers.
We were even able to stop by at our friends booth at i3 Detroit. They had a huge tent just for themselves with various things like Battle Boats a huge version of Battleship.
A company called Human Electric Hybrids has a neat product that retrofits an electric motor onto any bicycle (but mostly rugged bikes). These bicycles can go up to 50 miles per hour! No need for a motorcycle or a car with speeds like these.
We also met a creative hackerspace out of the Eastern Market in Detroit called OmniCorp Detroit. They have many creative projects such as making wooden sunglasses of wood found in Detroit.
At Amtech we are always wanting to be involved at the grassroots level to grow innovation and creativity. We ran into Jon Washington of The Innovation Garage doing the same helping companies become Fortune 50.
We at Amtech thank people like Cyndi Flower of The Henry Ford for putting together such a great Maker Faire for the people of the Metro Detroit Area.
We will see you again at the 2016 Detroit Maker Faire, and may the force be with you! :)