The Bicycle Museum of America to Exhibit at Maker Faire Fort Wayne!

Have you ever seen a Shire bone-shaker or an Ariel highwheeler? Are these words as foreign to you as they were to this writer? Come to Maker Faire and learn about these keys to the history of the bicycle from an exhibit presented by The Bicycle Museum of America.

The origins of the museum come from the Schwinn Bicycle collection. In 1997, Jim Dicke II of Crown Equipment Corporation, a manufacturer of electric lift trucks, purchased the extensive collection of bicycles and memorabilia in Chicago and moved the collection to New Bremen, Ohio.

It's only fitting the museum found a home in Ohio.The state has played an important part in the history of the bicycle. The Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop, where the first plans for flight were born, was located in Dayton. In 1892, the Davis Sewing Machine Company produced the Dayton bicycle. Ohio has also been home to other prominent bicycle manufacturers including Colson, Shelby and Cleveland Welding, makers of Roadmaster.

From wood, to mass-produced, to titanium, come see how bicycle Makers have solved problems that have transformed the industry over time.
Maker Registration Deadline Extended
Part of being a Maker is never having to fill out an online form. So, we're accommodating our friends who haven't registered by extending the deadline by one week to August 29. After that its hit or miss as we need time to ensure we can meet all your event needs.

This is a community driven event serving as a fundraiser for TekVenture so if interested in exhibiting, volunteering, racing, or sponsoring, contact us at
The Glass Park Introduces IlLegos

At Maker Faire's past, fan favorite glass blower Eran Park of The Glass Park has lead guests on a community art-making project - you may remember the glass tree for example. 

This year Eran and his band of merry glass blowing mates are introducing their newest, and hottest line - IlLegos. Check out how stackable or wearable glass art pieces turn into just plain fun.

Maker Pete Chaparro to Launch New Product
A few newsletters ago you heard from local Maker Pete Chaparro, creater of the Eclipse lamp. He unveiled a lighting project at Maker Faire 2013. So many folks were interested in buying it, he launched a successful Kiickstarter, got the project funded and now will be showing the end product at Maker Faire 2014! We are so happy for Pete and proud he's part of our Maker community. Come check out the lamp and see what's up next. Oh by the way, this year guests will be able to buy the lamp.

TekVenture is a 501(c)(3) public art and technology workshop funded by member fees, workshops, special events, grants and sponsorship.
Buy Early Bird Tickets and Save

One of the challenges of putting on a Maker Faire is paying for it as we want to continue offering it free for Makers to show off their projects. This means we have to charge guests to attend.

In order to help, purchase tickets online thru Eventbrite and save $2 per ticket!!!. You can also donate any amount to help us make a better Maker Faire.

We've also moved from Weekend to Family Pass this year to help offset guest expense.

We're sure once you attend Maker Faire, you'll understand the value of make-and-takes, learning opportunities, and fun had by all as Maker Faire really is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

Ticketing goes live Midnight tonight!

Maker Sightings 
TekVenture will be at Taste of the Arts this Sat., Aug. 23, 11-7pm. Come meet some of our Makers and learn about their projects.

Visit Barnes & Noble (Glenbrook Mall), Saturday, Aug. 30, 1-4pm for TekVenture and Minecraft Bookfaires. Redeem voucher and TekVenture recieveds a portion of all proceeds. Voucher good in store that day and for online and in-store purchases at all area Barnes & Noble locations for 5 additional days.

Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture
Sept. 13 & 14, 10am-6pm each day.

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