WESTPORT — The seventh annual Maker Faire Westport was held on Saturday and again broke records.
The event more than tripled its footprint, nearly doubling its number of makers to 200 (up from just over 100 in 2017) and seeing attendance of 13,500, a 30 perecmt increase from 2017.
“We continue to be impressed with the quality of the innovative and creative people in Connecticut and beyond. As they inspire our attendees to learn and grow, we see the impact in our communities. Schools, libraries and businesses all benefit from the energy that comes from seeing what others have done,” said Mark Mathias, Founder and Co-Chair of Maker Faire Westport and President of Remarkable STEAM.
Continuing what was started in 2017, judges awarded “Best of Maker Faire Westport 2018” honors. Nine makers were recognized:
Kid’s Art - CJ’s 3D Handmade Jewelry
Kid’s Engineering - Swim ‘Duino
Art - Pink Rhubarb (dyeing)
Engineering - Vorpal the Hexpod
History - Gustave Whitehead 1901 Airplane Half-Size Replica
Commercial - Stepcraft USA (CNC machine)
School - NCC School of Art, Architecture, and Design
Special - Myrmidon Dagorhir Renaissance Village
Special - PlasmaBot
The date for the eighth annual Maker Faire Westport was also announced to be Saturday, April 27, 2019.