Six months after the 2014 New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire and I am still overwhelmed by the response the Faire received. Many people have told me what a success it was, especially for a first-time event, and I would have to agree!
The Mini Maker Faire highlighted a number of wonderful Makers from our community and beyond, and the turnout – just over 1,100 people in one day – was a testimony to this city’s interest and support of Makers of all ages.
From my point of view as executive event producer, the key to the success of the New Braunfels Mini Maker Faire was due chiefly to the incredible volunteer support we received from the Volunteer Planning Committee. Our volunteers spent countless hours seeking out Makers, connecting with sponsors, sorting out logistics, and promoting the Mini Maker Faire. They were amazing!
As it happens, many of these key volunteers have since moved on to other projects, achievements, and priorities. Sadly for us, this translates into a significant reduction in manpower and momentum for planning a 2015 Mini Maker Faire. With public library staff members focused on planning our Summer Reading Program (our busiest time of year), as well as a number of other exciting projects, we find ourselves without the time or ability to devote to the Mini Maker Faire. And since we couldn’t allow ourselves to produce anything less than a bigger, better Faire, we are sorry to announce that the New Braunfels Public Library will not be hosting a Mini Maker Faire in 2015.
However, this does not mean the end of the Maker Movement in New Braunfels! If anything, we hope that 2014’s Faire was just the beginning. Now that we’ve been able to offer New Braunfels a glimpse of its potential as a Maker community, we are shifting our focus towards growing and expanding that potential.
In 2015, we will be partnering with many of the Makers who exhibited at the Faire and looking to connect with others, to offer workshops and hands-on programs to the public – free of charge, as always!
In this way, we hope to generate growth and interest in making, with a long-term goal of hosting another Mini Maker Faire jam-packed with Makers of all ages and abilities.
If you are interested in partnering with the Library for a Maker workshop, or you have an interest in volunteering to help promote, support, or fund our Makerspace, please contact us at 830-221-4300. If you would like to keep up-to-date with all Makerspace programming happening at the Library, please email reference(at)nbtexas(dot)org with your name and request to sign up for our weekly email newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
In the meantime, get your Maker Faire fix by attending a nearby Faire, like the Austin Mini Maker Faire in May 2015 or the San Antonio Mini Maker Faire, TBA!
If you are a Maker (and you probably are), please don’t hesitate to contact us about an awesome project you are working on. We would love to know about it.
Many thanks for attending our 2014 Mini Maker Faire!