Maker Faire Detroit opens tomorrow [Saturday] - the first ever held in America's cradle of industry and what many view today as a post-industrial laboratory for the future.
The two day event will be packed with inspiration and enjoyment for people of all ages and walks of life, including Maker Faire favorite The Life-size Mousetrap, hot-rodded Power Wheel racing, demonstrations on everything from circuit-bending to screen printing, rocket building and cheese making, and lots of robots. Lots and lots of robots...
One of Detroit maker and S.R.L. alumnus Chip Flynn's friends
Meet DIY design leaders from around the country, such as Brooklyn's MakerBot Industries and local artist/engineers such as Chip Flynn and his menacing musical machines, and Detroit hackerspace groups i3Detroit and OmniCorpDetroit. [Full disclosure: I'm a member of the latter.]
Check out personal stories from Detroiters in Make's special feature Making Detroit, read this great article Hacking Metro Detroit from MetroMode, and pick up the current issue of Make Magazine to read about some of the people at Maker Faire.
Michael Doyle is a Detroit-based experience designer and amateur cultural critic. He is interested in the spaces between design, art, music and culture, and has contributed to a variety of design blogs for more than a decade. Michael is a co-founder of the hackerspace OmniCorpDetroit, as well as DJ collectives Dethlab and Dorkwave. When not designing interactive environments for o2, record covers for Ghostly International, or collaborating with the likes of the Hypothetical Development Organization, he may be found playing music at sushi bars or organizing croquet socials in abandoned factories.