In 2011, the first Atlanta ‘Mini’ Maker Faire was held on the Georgia Tech campus. The event was in a small parking lot, lasted one day, and had about 2500 attendees. The Faire continued to grow (doubling every year) until we could no longer fit at Georgia Tech. In 2014 we expanded to a two-day event in downtown Decatur and we were designated as one of only a handful of “Featured Faires” worldwide.
We now attract over 30,000 people from all across the country.
It is important to all of us that that this region-wide celebration of innovation, creativity, and STEM engagement remain open to as many people as possible, and as a result we have grown to be one of the largest Free Maker Faires in the World.
We need your help to insure that Maker Faire Atlanta 2016 continues to be an opportunity for inspiration and celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-Together mindset. Up until now, we’ve been able to make progress because of the incredible grassroots support of our community and the generous sponsorship of many businesses and organizations.
Maker Faire Atlanta is at a critical point: We’re writing to ask for your help in getting us to the finish line in securing the last $30,000 of our 2016 fundraising goal to make sure the Faire continues to be a first class event.
As a friend of Maker Faire and the maker movement, you understand what we’re working to create – not just another festival, but an event that brings together a diverse community of people who love to invent, experiment, tinker and make. This is a special time for Maker Faire Atlanta.
So will you make a gift right now of $25, $50, $100 or any other amount to help us reach our goal?
We have formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called the Southeast Makers Alliance which not only puts on Maker Faire Atlanta but works to foster innovation, develop entrepreneurship, inspire creative design, and inspire young people across the region and the state, especially from under-represented communities, to pursue careers in STEM education and the arts.
All you need to do is make an online contribution through PayPal using the link below:
For those of you who think BIG, consider becoming a sponsor of the Faire. Visit our sponsorship page for details: http://atlanta.makerfaire.com/become-a-sponsor/ .
Thanks for your consideration. Your response by September 10 would be very helpful to our planning. Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions.
Leadership of Maker Faire Atlanta/Southeast Makers Alliance Board:
Milton Walker Tanya Hyman David McNair Lew Lefton
Shane Matthews Christy Robinson Roy Craft Chris Monaco