The fifth annual World Maker Faire wrapped up Sunday at the New York Hall of Science. Expected attendance was 700 makers and 85,000 attendees, and it was sponsored by the likes of Disney, RadioShack, Ford, Intel and Atmel. The Faire, billed as the "Greatest Show and Tell on Earth," included everything from Tesla coil demos and a drone-flying competition to 3D-printed, robotic prosthetics and swimmable silicone mermaid tails.
In 2013 there were 100 similar faires around the world. In 2014, original organizer Make magazine predicts growth to almost 150 — and Colorado Springs will add itself to the list on Oct. 18.
The movement is intensifying by other measures, too. According to USA Today, "makers pump some $29 billion into the economy each year and the annual figure is growing."
As tech-based tinkerers, hobbyists, innovators and entrepreneurs are coming out of the woodwork across the country, the local community is supporting the same — from Meetup groups to the opening of the Pikes Peak Library District's Library 21c and its makerspaces, to the new Pikes Peak Makerspace at the Manitou Arts Center.
Whether your interest leans toward constructing your own doohickey for personal pleasure, or toward starting your own business selling thousands of doohickeys across the world, Colorado Springs now can offer the building blocks to help you along. Read more in this week's feature story, starting here.