Maker Faire Orlando featured on Adam Savage’s “Still Untitled” Podcast

Maker Faire Orlando co-founder Ian Cole was a special guest on the “Still Untitled” podcast this week, discussing Maker Faire Bay Area 2017, regional Maker Faires, The Maker Effect Foundation, Nation of Makers & more…

Maker Faire Orlando Returns to Central Florida Fairgrounds on Oct 21st & 22nd, 2017

Maker Faire Orlando will be returning to the Central Florida Fairgrounds on October 21st and 22nd, with more than 300 exhibits throughout the air-conditioned exhibit halls and outdoor space.

Crowd favorites will be returning, with Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby, and Power Racing planning already underway – we also have some amazing new content for 2017 that we will be announcing this summer. Stay tuned (follow us on Facebook, or sign up for our mailing list) for more information as we launch our “Call for Makers” in mid June.


Maker Faire Orlando 2016 is here!

Download our 2016 program to plan your weekend at Maker Faire Orlando!

Check out the map to find your way around the Fairgrounds – we have exhibits in 4 buildings and in the pavilion as well as tented exhibits!

Presale ticket savings and a chance to win a DeltaMaker 3D printer package end Friday. Parking for Maker Faire Orlando is FREE!


Click to download the Maker Faire Orlando 2016 program


Maker Welcome Arch – Collaborative Art Project

This year at Maker Faire Orlando 2016, we’re adding something a little different. We want to give everyone, makers and attendees alike, the chance to be part of a collaborative art project.


We will have a large “Welcome Arch” located at the entryway to the event. The arch will start empty – and we need you to fill it with your amazing-ness. It can be an object you have made, created, drawn, sewn, re-purposed, or designed in any way, and hang it up on the arch with the use of zip ties. If you make something at the event, you can add it! We need to return the arch on Monday, so please don’t use any adhesives. The arch will be up all weekend for people to come and add their unique touches, and at the end of the weekend, we will collect all the items that were added to the arch, and turn it into one large, community made, art piece.

This project is to encourage makers of all styles, ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles to show off what they make and do, and to bring everyone in the community together in a new and exciting way. So bring your stuff with you to the event to share with the world and add to our big, amazing, inspiring, community made, group art project.

Featured Maker: CUT/SEW Patternmaking

Guest post by Stefaney Rants
Business: CUT/SEW Patternmaking
Owners: Madison May
Years in Business: ~1 year
I can safely say the common thread among all the Makers at Maker Faire Orlando is, passion.  It takes passion to create an idea into reality.  Another commonality is often a leap of faith.  Innovators take risks, take chances and have a burning desire to provide their niche idea to the world.  If it weren’t for these people we would have missed out on many inventions and products that make our life easier and more beautiful.
Madison from Cut/Sew Patternmaking is revolutionizing traditional pattern making.  As a sewer myself, I am familiar with how difficult pattern reading can be and how detrimental that is to learning something new.  One of the first things you want to do as a new sewer is build your confidence.  You want to learn your machine, you want to learn a few skills, and you want to make an item right off the bat.  Madison is taking the guess work out of sewing and has created patterns that appeal to Cosplayer’s which leaves more room for imagination and less time being frustrated.
With that said, if you’re a sewer be sure to see her booth at Maker Faire Orlando this weekend at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.  And if you’re NOT a sewer, be sure to see her booth!  She is on the verge of introducing a new generation to sewing and is bringing back to life such a beautiful art and practical skill.  Cut/Sew Patternmaking will make a sewer out of us, yet!
1.  A brief overview of your background.
I come from a fashion educational background and a costume design professional background, which is a really great way to get a quick-and-dirty garment making skill set. I learned how to pattern and sew “the right way” in school, graduating from the Pratt Institute in New York City, and while I was there I interned, snuck into, and bullied my way into experience in costume shops for music, television, and Broadway productions, which completely upturned my notion of “the right way” to make clothes. There are all these wonderfully creative hacks, tricks, and cheats that are used in the industry to make gorgeously artful costumes, and that whole concept of deconstructing the process that you already know to better suit demand is a huge influence on CUT/SEW.