Maker Faire Milwaukee to move to the Wisconsin Center

Sixth annual event will be held Sept. 13-15

A giant hydraulic mechanical hand in action at the Maker Faire.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:09 pm

Maker Faire Milwaukee announced it will move its annual multi-day event to the Wisconsin Center this year.

The Wisconsin Center District has signed on as presenting sponsor of this year’s event, prompting its relocation from Wisconsin State Fair Park to the downtown Milwaukee convention center.

The sixth annual event will be held Sept. 13-15. It is produced by the Betty Brinn Museum as part of its Maker Initiatives, and co-hosted with Milwaukee Makerspace.

This year’s event will include exhibitors that represent a range of fields, including robotics, advanced manufacturing, visual and textile arts, electronics, solar energy, software development, among others. It’s designed to attract tech enthusiasts, inventors, students, educators and “do-it-yourselfers,” fair organizers said.

Maker Faires, which are held in cities across the world, showcase the growing “maker movement,” a celebration of creativity, product development and manufacturing through technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Faire organizers said the event will highlight Milwaukee as a growing tech hub and “Maker City.”

“The global Maker Movement has become a powerful influence on education at all levels, workforce training and economic development – and it is a driving force in the development of consumer-oriented technologies and tools,” said Carrie Wettstein, chief operating officer for Betty Brinn Museum and Maker Faire producer. “We are very excited to bring together makers, educators, businesses and other organizations that are embracing the Maker Movement at the Wisconsin Center,” said

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Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits and education for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, kayaking, and seeing live music.

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