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Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire 2016!

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back October 8 & 9!

Cincinnati Museum Center’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back for its 4th year and this year promises to be bigger, better and more explosive than ever. Due to the historic restoration of Union Terminal, 2016’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will be sprawling across the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Annual favorites like the Manufactory, R2-D2 Builders Club and HIVE13 are back and will be joined by thrilling newcomers like the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO Users Group (OKILUG), the 501st Legion and many more, including your inventions, gadgets, creations and skills.

Cincinnati Museum Center is now accepting applications for all interested Makers and vendors, so fill yours out so you can help make the 2016 Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire the best and most explosive yet. Fill out your application via the online form.

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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


A 10′ remote-controlled Globot spins in the Union Terminal rotunda.

Wow, what a weekend! Thank you to our makers, sponsors and visitors for making it so amazing.

It’s going to be quiet from us for a bit as we recover from this Herculean effort. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the brilliant Steve Ziegelmeyer.

You are welcome to download and reuse these photos. If you wish to reuse them for promotional purposes, please contact us at as there are limitations.

Sponsor Spotlight: Procter & Gamble


Historically the most innovative company in Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble has always played at the intersection of ideas and science. So of course they sponsored Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire last year. And of course they sponsored again this year. And of course they sent smart, passionate people here to teach us all about the value of science and the magic of innovation.

We’re proud Procter & Gamble calls Cincinnati home, and we are so glad we welcomed them back.

Enter to Win a 3D Printer!


Good news, everyone! Our friends at Make: are giving away a Printrbot Simple 3D Printer to one lucky winner at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. In order to enter, get your free tickets early and you’ll automatically be entered. If you have already printed your tickets, the great news is you are already entered!

What will you make if you win?



Sponsor Spotlight: The Gorilla Glue Company


If you attended our inaugural Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire last year, then you remember the bounty of Gorilla Tough products that rained down upon our makers and visitors. It was all thanks to this local company that for the last decade has made the miracle product Gorilla Glue®, the Toughest Glue on Planet Earth! The company has since expanded its offerings to include Gorilla Tape®, Gorilla® Super Glue, Gorilla® Wood Glue, Gorilla® Epoxy and Self-Standing Bags.

This year we are super-excited that Gorilla Glue staff will be joining us all weekend, which not only means great samples but also live demos by carpenter Andy Brownell. Check it out on his blog »

Sponsor Spotlight: Connect a Million Minds


We are pleased to welcome a new sponsor this year, Connect a Million Minds! They’re called Connect a Million Minds but they have surpassed their goal of connecting a million children to hands-on learning activities. Currently they’ve connected 1,004,618!

Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy.

Locally Connect a Million Minds has helped under-served kids learn STEM skills by building their own bikes. Check out this story from back in May »


Sponsor Spotlight: Haile Foundation

haile_logo_largeCincinnati Mini Maker Faire would not be possible without a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. But Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is just one of many wonderful events and improvements happening in this city thanks to the Haile Foundation.

Currently, the Foundation is helping to bring back Metrobot (you know how much we enjoy robots) and they are helping build a carousel at Smale Riverfront Park. They were instrumental in the ever-popular LumenoCity events and are credited with helping to save the streetcar.

Additionally, The Haile Foundation together with The Johnson Foundation have launched People’s Liberty, “a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati.”

So these are only a few of the projects The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation has funded. You can see full lists of beneficiaries of this amazing force for good on the website.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire Is Completely FREE!



Thanks to The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Procter & Gamble, The Gorilla Glue Company, and Connect a Million Minds from Time Warner Cable, Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire (CMMF) is completely free!

This year CMMF is being hosted at Cincinnati Museum Center. Inside Cincinnati Museum Center, it is free to enter and participate in all activities in the CMMF areas. While CMMF is going on, the other museums at Cincinnati Museum Center are still open for business and as such require standard admission tickets. Additionally, the usual parking rates apply for the Cincinnati Museum Center parking lot.

Inspired by the CMMF, Cincinnati Museum Center has added maker-themed workshops and presentations to their ordinary programming. We have added these programs to the CMMF schedule for your convenience, but rest assured there will be plenty to see and do just in the CMMF areas. The schedule only reflects exhibits that happen at a certain time, as such most of the incredible experiences you’ll find simply by walking around are not reflected there.

We hope to see you in just a few more days! Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter and remember to tag your CMMF photos #CityofMakers.


Schedule & Map Released!


Our schedule and map are available as a PDF file »

Print Your Own & Spread the Word!


Let’s make sure everyone knows about our amazing event next weekend! Print your own posters and hang them around town:

Open the letter-sized poster (8.5″ by 11″) »

Open the tabloid-sized poster (11″ by 17″) »