Informal Dinner + Discussion of White House Maker Faire Trip + Maker Summit

The Alamance Makers Guild has had a LOT going on lately! With even more in the works in terms of launching our future Maker Space. 

This will be an informal dinner meeting to catch up, discuss some recent cool news, and hear about the future including your own ideas and feedback. 

This meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend (old time supporters and brand new folks who just want to check us out for the first time) 

On Tuesday June 17th Danny Oakley and I (Ben Harris) were guests at the grand opening of the TechShop in Arlington VA. Afterwards we attended a Maker Summit hosted by Make Magazine. They presented findings by Deloitte about the future of the Maker Movement in the US and also had many different speakers from around the movement, including industry, government, small business, entrepreneurs, and educators. We have a lot to tell you about that meeting. 

On Wednesday June 18th I (Ben Harris) was invited to the White House as an "Honored Maker" to attend the first ever White House Maker Faire! It was an awe inspiring experience and an amazing day. It was great to have the President acknowledge the Maker Movement and its power for communities, for small business, and for education. 

Danny and I will be talking about our experiences in DC and what impact this has on the Alamance Makers Guild and our future Maker Space for Alamance County.

I wanted to set this up as a stand-alone event so that we didn't step on our presenters toes for the next regular AMG meeting in July. I also wanted to strike while the iron was hot and tell everyone about our experience as close to the event as possible. 

This is a dinner meeting at Good Times Cafe and we are hoping the majority of attendees will eat dinner with us or at least have a snack/drink/milkshake to support our venue. 

Feel free to bring your projects and news for Show-N-Tell. 

This meeting is open to everyone and new folks who have never attended a meeting are encouraged to join us. Families, teens, and attended children are very welcome. Hope to see as many of you there as possible.

In the mean while check out these links:

Story about my trip to the White House Maker Faire from the Times News in Burlington:
http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/top-news/making-a-mark-burlington-man-participates-at-first-of-its-kind-white-house-event-1.335447

Photos from my trip:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reinventor32/sets/72157644863337108/

The President's Speech about the Maker Movement and why he hosted the first ever White House Maker Faire:

http://youtu.be/7wHorfRvvcE

The Website for the White House Maker Faire:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/maker-faire
{Check out the Learn about the Participants section... Burlington is on the map!}

Other upcoming AMG Events:
Support K4EG the Alamance Amateur Radio Club at their annual AARL Field Day on June 28th and 29th

Attend our next AMG meeting and learn how Daniel Porter created an Arduino microcontroller touch lamp AND how he wrote up an instructables article for his project. Also hear the story of how collaboration and a golf ball became a light bulb! Thursday July 10th at 7:00pm at Sylvan Learning Center in Burlington

Maker Day at May Memorial Library Saturday July 19th from Noon to 4:00pm. (we need volunteers for this event as well as attendees) RSVP for meetings at our meetup.com page or via events on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/AlamanceMakersGuild

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