Makevention is where maker groups in Bloomington area communities come together to share the do-it-yourself spirit with each other and the community. These makers encompass a broad range of fields, including tech enthusiasts, artists, educators, crafters, hobbyists, and tinkerers. Sponsored in part by IU Research Technologies – Pervasive Technology Institute, Makevention (August 2016) attracted 1200 people with 25 groups exhibiting. Bloominglabs, a local hackerspace, helped organize the event. Jenett Tillotson and Nathan Heald from RT play a leading role in supporting Bloominglabs and organizing events such as Makevention.
This event drew together the local community of makers of all ages. Attendees explored the Trashion Refashion art exhibit, sparred with the Shire of Mynydd Seren from the Society for Creative Anachronisms, explored the myriad of projects from Bloominglabs, learned about locks from Columbus Key, built a paper roller coaster with Wonderlab, made records with Ol Timey Recordings, browsed hand-made items from local artisans, mixed additives into soap with Soapy Soap Company, played life-size foosball and more! Fun was had by all while also learning about science, engineering, or building through hands-on activities.
For more information, visit http://makevention.org
Caption: Lights-out! One of the activities at Makevention 2016. Photo by Nathan Heald.