Maker Faire® Milwaukee Announces 2019 Dates and New Wisconsin Center Location

The 6th annual Maker Faire Milwaukee will be held Sept. 13-15 in downtown Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center, offering new opportunities to showcase the impact of the global Maker Movement on education, workforce training and economic development

MILWAUKEE, WI – (MARCH 11, 2019) Maker Faire Milwaukee will be held Sept. 13-15 at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., in partnership with Presenting Sponsor, Wisconsin Center District.

Produced by the Betty Brinn Museum as part of its growing Maker Initiatives, and co-hosted with Milwaukee Makerspace, Maker Faire Milwaukee is an annual showcase for innovations that are changing how we live, work and learn. The 2019 event will draw exhibitors that represent a broad range of fields – robotics, advanced manufacturing, visual and textile arts, electronics, solar energy, software development and more – and attract tech enthusiasts, inventors, students, educators and do-it-yourselfers of all ages and interests.

Faire organizers are eager to highlight Milwaukee as a growing tech hub and Maker City. “The global Maker Movement has become a powerful influence on education at all levels, workforce training and economic development – and it is a driving force in the development of consumer-oriented technologies and tools. We are very excited to bring together makers, educators, businesses and other organizations that are embracing the Maker Movement at the Wisconsin Center” said Chief Operating Officer and Faire Producer, Carrie Wettstein.

The downtown location will support Faire accessibility for this family-friendly event and connect people, companies and projects from throughout the region. The Call for Makers will open April 15. Faire producers will announce details later this spring about special programs that will be offered for field trip groups, K-12 educators and the Faire’s annual Industry, Career & College Exchange.

Maker Faire Milwaukee has been one of the largest of more than 225 Faires around the world and is locally produced under a license from Make Media, Inc., publisher of MAKE: Magazine and creator of the international Maker Faire® program.

What: Maker Faire Milwaukee 2019

Where: Wisconsin Center

When: Friday through Sunday, Sept. 13-15, 2019

Event Website:

Sponsorship Opportunities:

About the Betty Brinn Museum

The Betty Brinn Museum serves more than 240,000 people annually and produces Maker Faire® Milwaukee as part of its Maker Initiatives. The Initiatives were established in 2013 and expand the organization’s core “learning by doing” mission to the larger community through year-round maker programs, outreach and other activities. The Maker Initiatives represent a critical investment in education, and in Milwaukee’s long-term economic and workforce development.

Maker Initiatives include:

  • Brinn Labs, the Museum’s makerspace in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee;
  • The Be A Maker space at the Betty Brinn Museum, Be A Maker field trips and extensive outreach programming that bring maker education experiences to high-needs neighborhoods;
  • Community and school partnerships that integrate maker education into curriculum and increase community access to tools and technology that can develop maker skills and entrepreneurial projects;
  • The Be A Maker Teacher Studio, a free, year-round professional development resource for classroom teachers, administrators and others that are implementing maker education programs.
  • Research partnerships with UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University, including two published studies involving our Be A Maker field trips; and
  • Local, regional and national collaborations in the maker community, including the Global Maker Faire Producers Group, Nation of Makers, the New York Hall of Science, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Maker Ed.

About Milwaukee Makerspace

The Milwaukee Makerspace is a 16,000-square-foot collaborative workshop in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood where members – professionals, hobbyists, artists, crafters and students – share their tools, knowledge and their passion for making.

About Maker Faire

Founded in 2006, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to show what they are making and share what they are learning. With more than 200 Maker Faires happening around the world, the global event engages more than 1.4 million annual attendees across 44 countries. In 2014, there was even a Maker Faire on the grounds of The White House. The two flagship events, the annual Bay Area Maker Faire and the World Maker Faire in New York welcome a combined 2,000 Makers and 250,000 attendees each year. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Make: has been widely credited with jumpstarting the worldwide Maker Movement, which is a transforming force in innovation, culture, and education.

About Make Magazine

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Download issues here.

Besides the Magazine and the Faire, Make is:

  • a vital online stream of news and projects,;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions; and
  • a publisher of best-in category titles via Make: Books, including introduction to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.

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Maker Faire Milwaukee 2019 Sponsors

Maker Faire Milwaukee 2019 sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsor: Wisconsin Center District

Contact Information

Carrie Wettstein, Chief Operating Officer, Betty Brinn Museum & Producer, Maker Faire Milwaukee; 414-291-0221, ext. 284

Pete Prodoehl, Producer, Maker Faire Milwaukee

Communications Director, Milwaukee Makerspace; 262-490-4531