Calling CLE Makers of ALL Types

Do you want to share your amazing project with the best community ever?

There’s still time! The Call for Makers is now open until October 15, and makers of all stripes are encouraged to apply.

Here are just some of the types of projects we’re looking for:
Student projects
Homegrown (or modified) drones
Arduino projects
Raspberry Pi
Space projects
Food makers (not concessionaires)
Beer makers
Conductive materials projects
Kit makers
Interactive art projects
3D printers and CNC mills
Textile arts (weaving, sewing, embroidery, upcycling fashion and more!)
Fiber arts (knitting, spinning, crochet and more)
Home energy monitoring
Rockets and RC toys
Sustainability & green tech
Radios, vintage computers, and game systems
Gaming and game development
Electric vehicles
Science, biology/biotech, and chemistry projects
Puppets, kites, and other whimsical creations
Bicycles (bike hacking, upcycling bikes, pimp your ride and so on!)
Large-scale art
Art installations
Shelter (tents, domes, etc.)
Music performances and participation
Unusual tools or machines
How to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)

To apply to be a maker, visit Call for Makers and explore the rest of this site for photos, info about past Cleveland Mini Maker Faires and more.

Don’t miss the fun!

Maker Faire 2016 Call for Makers is NOW OPEN!


The 4th Annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, 2016.

 CLEVELAND, OHIO – Northeast Ohio is quickly earning a reputation as a location for creative innovators in the Maker Movement.  For the past three years, Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and Ingenuity Cleveland have partnered to bring together both makers of all backgrounds and skill sets and companies at the forefront of the maker movement for the Mini Maker Faire, one of the first of its kind in the region.  The Call for Makers is now open! Submit your proposal today to become a part of this exciting event!

“Each year we have seen the Mini Maker Faire grow in participation and attendance, and we see CPL as a vital asset to makers in our region,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “The Mini Maker Faire is a fantastic collaborative effort to showcase why Cleveland is an important part of the maker movement, and how public libraries can be a natural convener of makers, companies, and people who are simply interested in learning more.”

The Maker Movement, made up of creators, inventors, crafters, and techies strives to inspire, unite, and inform while celebrating the DIY community. Last year’s Mini Maker Faire showcased local high school robotics teams, workshops led by the Sears think[box] and Makers Alliance, as well as exhibits from the more artfully-minded, introducing novices and experts alike to new inventions and ideas.

“Ingenuity is thrilled to once again collaborate with the Cleveland Public Library on the fourth annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire. As the Maker Movement grows in downtown Cleveland and around northeast Ohio, we are seeing ever-stronger connections between education, entrepreneurship, and creativity that hold tremendous promise for individual lives and meaningful impact for our region.” says Ingenuity program director, Emily Appelbaum.

This free event will allow people of all ages to learn, discover, create, and play along with makers and creators from across the region. For more information, explore   Contact Cleveland Public Library Outreach and Programming Services at or 216-623-2921 with questions.

About Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland Public Library is the place for all Clevelanders to dream, create and grow.  CPL serves four million patrons annually at 27 branches across the city, lending more than 6.5 million from a collection of more than 10 million items. CPL library services are also available at the Public Administration Library in City Hall, “The People’s University on Wheels” Bookmobile, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, and the On the Road to Reading literacy van. CPL is the home for the Ohio Center for the Book, and CLEVNET library cooperation.

For more information about Cleveland Public Library, please visit

About Ingenuity Cleveland

Ingenuity highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We ignite the space where the arts and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries across these sectors. We do this through our outreach programs, partnerships and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

Ingenuity is now in its 12th season and is funded by the George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. The three-day IngenuityFest, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return September 23-25, 2016.



Featured Exhibitor: Cuyahoga Community College

Every day our makers are doing cool things outside of the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire. This weekend? Cuyahoga Community College is hosting a Regional 3D Printing and Manufacturing Conference with Magnet THIS Thursday (tomorrow!) and Friday! Interested? Check out the flyer below!

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Thank You for a Great Mini Maker Faire! Photos Soon to Come

Thank you to everyone who made the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire possible!
We’re heard TONS of good feedback already, from folks who learned how to solder for the first time, to those who saw a sculpture or art piece that transfixed them.

This event is a chance for us to help excite the public about the idea of making and empower them to see themselves as creators. It’s a chance to introduce them to your amazing skills and innovations, and just as importantly, to introduce you to each other. It was a huge success and could not have happened without our volunteers,sponsor, presenters like Scuba Divine Day Club, Sonic Experience, Solder Junkies, Cleveland Digital Publishing Useres Group, ITT Technical Institute, HER Ideas in Motion, Bike Cleveland, Lumaniti Wearable Technology for the Future, Friends’ Competition Robotics Team, Makers’ Alliance , Hathaway Brown School Robotics Team, All Power Solutions Sustainable Wood-Powered Electricity Generation, Soulcraft Woodshop , Juggable Offense, Upcycle Parts Shop, We Can Code It, Lake Erie Boat Float, Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art, and News and so many more!

We are so thankful for sponsors like the Cleveland Public Library, Friends of the Cleveland Public Library, Scence Magazine, Time Warner Cable, Make Magazine, and R3D at Cuyahoga Community College! Without them the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire could not have happened.

Photos will be posted soon!

Check out the program here-

Featured Maker and Workshop: We Can Code It

We Can Code IT diversifies tech. We bridge the gap for those underrepresented in tech, the same groups susceptible to low to moderate incomes, through education via computer summer camps, computer workshops and adult training in software engineering and web development through coding bootcamps.
Their workshop will be presented this Saturday! Engineer a Rollercoaster in Minecraft or code a basic webpage in HTML and CSS. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, we’ll show you how! Minecraft workshops are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The HTML and CSS workshop is at 2:30. Sign up for workshops at our booth, or drop in and see if you can get a seat.

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Workshops at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire!

Just a few more days until the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire! Here are some of the workshops offered at the faire:

Solar Lanterns Workshop by Steven Gutierrez

Come and learn about how solar panels work and make a solar powered project start-to-finish with your own lantern that will charge during the day and then light up at night automatically! Participants will learn minor soldering and create a lantern with recycled materials. 30 min-1 hr., Ongoing.

National Day of Civic Hacking: Workshops and Activities by Open Cleveland

June 6, 2015 is the National Day of Civic Hacking and Open Cleveland, Cleveland’s Code for America brigade, will introduce people to the idea of civic hacking with simple coding projects and hands-on activities for kids and adults. Ongoing.

RecycleBots DIY Workshop by Doo-Sung Yoo and Andrew Frueh

Kids (7 and up) and their parents will create a toy robot from recycled materials from water bottles to cereal boxes, combined with common low-tech electronic parts like motors and batteries, in order to learn about the fusion of art and science, environmental awareness, and recycling. 1-1.5 hr., Ongoing.

Case Western Reserve University think[box] EMG Learn to Solder: Muscle Meter!

EMG stands for Electromyography, which is the science of measuring muscle neuron activity. You can call it a “muscle sensor.” Participants will learn to solder as they build their own “muscle sensor” which they can rubber-band to their arm to see LED lights glow as they flex their muscles.

Created by think[box], the center for innovation and tinkering at Case Western Reserve University, Created by CWRU Makers Daniel Dichek, Daniel Tan, Nathan Makowski, Ray Krajci, and the students and staff of think[box], with sponsorship by Bird Technologies, The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at CWRU, Blackstone Launchpad at CWRU and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Ongoing.

Yes . . . AND! MC^2 Student Improv Team Workshop 

Join the MC^2 Student Improv Team for a comic, improvisational theater demonstration and workshop: Yes . . . AND! a lesson in always saying yes and making more! 1:00 pm.

Makers Alliance All Day Workshops

Ongoing workshops with the Makers Alliance will feature arduinos, soldering, a custom PVC-chopping Kazoo-manufacturing robot, and more! Ongoing.

Viva Dance Studio Hourly All-Style Workshops

Workshops will explore a variety of dance styles throughout the day, from Salsa to Swing! 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. 20 min. 

We Can Code It Workshops: Engineer a Rollercoaster in Minecraft

Create a thrill ride Steve will never forget! Flip those Creepers upside down! Kids ages 8 through 14 learn about electrical engineering and computational thinking concepts while building Rollercoaster in Minecraft using Redstone. Based on the popular Minecraft Amusement Park week-long summer camp series by We Can Code IT, and our Minecraft Amusement Park book to be published in August 2015, kids love creating their own automated rollercoaster! Read about our camps and workshops at 1.5 hour workshop at 10:30 am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. First come, first served!

Hope to see you there!

Sign Up Today to Volunteer!

There is still time to volunteer at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, June 6th, at the Cleveland Public Library! We are in need of volunteers in the 1pm-4pm and 4pm-7pm time slots, sign up today!

Spotlight Maker: George Berlin!

Creative Genius George Berlin builds super-fun interactive
projection art sculptures and installations that encourage
simply enjoying the act of playing.
“Play your Heart Out” is a synesthetic trio of interactive
sculptures, with children’s instruments and inventive
musical devices that let you create your own visuals
which dance to the music.
“Touch Art” is just that- animated paintings on canvas
that react to your touch and come alive!
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Spotlight Makers: Lake Erie Boat Float!

Lake Erie Boat Float is a unique event that helps raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on the environment, in particular oceans, lakes and streams. Part design competition, part boat race, the Great Lake Erie Boat Float is also lots of fun. Here are some photos from the 2014 event!

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.
Cleveland Mini Maker Faire's photo.

Spotlight Maker: Brad Civic

Brad Civic is an artist, welder and fabricator from Cleveland who worked for and created pieces with some of the area’s most well-known installation artists. He has been a tinkerer and maker of things since he was old enough to use tools. See Brad’s wide variety of work at the Mini Maker Faire and on his website, where he showcases large-scale sculptural fabrication.

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