Nashville Mini Maker Faire

Bringing people together to celebrate and showcase the Do-It-Yourself mindset of Nashville's makers.
C Davis
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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
2 Team Members

Short Summary

With a growing presence across the country, Mini Maker Faires celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) maker spirit. At the Nashville Mini-Maker Faire (NMMF), you'll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, and even fire and water.

What makes the event special is the combination of fascinating projects and smart, creative people who enjoy learning and love sharing their unique talents. The inaugural NMMF last year drew 3,000 people who were amazed by the talents of the vendors, and excited by the opportunity to participate in various projects.

Thanks to last year's success, and the continued growth of the maker movement, event partners Adventure Science Center, Make Nashville, and NashMicro expect 5,000-6,000 participants this year. Your contribution will help us meet the logistical needs of this grass-roots free-to-the-public festival that is causing such excitement in the Nashville area!

Would you help us host twice as many folks as last year and help them discover their maker talents?

What We Need & What You Get

To meet a budget that has doubled from last year's $11,000 in expenses, we ask for your help. Additional funds will provide for a stage for performances and demonstrations, tents and chairs for makers, and increased infrastructure necessary to support a doubling of last year's crowd (e.g. portapotties).

  • $7,500 would help us to bridge the gap between current funding and increased infrastructure support need.
  • Donors to our campaign will be able to enjoy unique, hands-on experiences.
  • All funds raised will go to the support the NMMF. Any shortfall of funds will precipitate a reduction of the budget and support services for the event.

The Impact

Engineering professors report that students now enter college without the kind of hands-on expertise they once unfailingly possessed. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "we scour the country looking for young builders and inventors," says Kim Vandiver, dean for undergraduate research. "They're getting harder and harder to find." MIT now offers classes and extracurricular activities devoted to taking things apart and putting them together, an effort to teach students the skills previous generations learned curbside on weekend afternoons.

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Please help us get the word out about the NMMF by visiting our webpage at
  • Become a volunteer at the NMMF. Email Tina Brown at
  • Share the information about this campaign with your friends.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!

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This campaign ended on September 12, 2014
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  • $5USD

    A dedicated Thank You tweet!

    2 claimed
  • $10USD

    Tinkerer level benefits + a sponsor Thank You on Facebook!

    5 claimed
  • $25USD

    Hacker level benefits + a sponsor Thank You on our blog!

    6 out of 25 claimed
  • $50USD

    Maker level benefits + a Nashville Mini Maker Faire t-shirt! *T-shirt must be picked up at the Nashville Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

    9 out of 25 claimed
  • $75USD

    Builder level benefits + two (2) tickets to the Adventure Science Center!

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  • $100USD

    Fabricator level benefits + access to the VIP sponsor area during the event!

    6 out of 25 claimed
  • $250USD

    Engineer level benefits + your logo and link on the event website!

    2 out of 10 claimed
  • $500USD

    Designer level benefits + two tickets to our Friday night 'Meet the Makers' dinner on September 12, 2014!

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  • $750USD

    Creator level benefits + a two-hour private session in one of our maker spaces for up to 10 people! Available between January 17 - April 26, 2015.

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  • $1,000USD

    Architect level benefits + your name on select signage and collateral! *Subject to printing deadlines.

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  • $2,500USD

    Inventor level benefits + your name and bio / organizational profile on the event website. And a dedicated booth space at the event!

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  • $5,000USD

    Innovator level benefits + a dedicated Blog post, tweet, and Facebook post about you or your organization. Your name / logo sized and positioned equally with other presenting sponsors. And a speaking role at the event opening ceremony!

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