Meet Our Maker Relations Manager!

On behalf of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire team, we would like to introduce to you, Jessie Powers! Jessie is currently employed at Johnson College where she is the Administrative Assistant to Advancement. Jessie’s favorite part about Maker Faire is the creativity of the whole event.  JP Headshot2When asked about what she is most excited for at the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire, she explained, “Everything! Maker Faire has it all from robots, technology, and crafts to a broad section of Do- It- Yourself projects.  The best part is that it’s hands-on. You are not just watching the makers, you are a maker!”

Jessie explained that Maker Faire changed her view on making because she did not know about all of the cool and innovative people we have in Northeast PA until becoming a part of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire.  This year Jessie will be the Maker Relations Manager, which means she will be the contact person for all of our makers! So, if you are interested in being a Maker at the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire, Jessie is the person you can contact with any questions! She can be reached through our general email, or at (570) 702-8903.

Three Months Until Maker Faire!

We are just THREE months away from the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire! On behalf of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire team, we would like to congratulate all of the makers who have been accepted from Wave 1!  If you applied between WPmaker0094June 3rd and June 25th, be sure to check your e-mail for your acceptance packet, which will also have the link for you to pay for your maker space.   We are now calling for Wave 2 of makers! This wave will end on Friday July 24th, 2015, but maker applications are expected to be accepted into August depending on space availability. (We suggest applying as soon as possible!)

  • We are also currently accepting food vendor applications. Please visit our Food Vendors page for information on how to apply as a food truck or food vendor at the faire.
  • Sponsorships are now available. For more information visit our Sponsors page to view sponsorship levels and benefits of being a sponsor.
  • Any Scranton Mini Maker Faire questions can always be directed to our Maker Relations Manager at
  • As always, follow us on Facebook and on twitter @ScranMakerFaire!

Meet the Production Team!

Introducing the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire Production Team of Johnson College! From left to right, Shannon Cavanaugh, Event Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator; Jessie Powers, Maker Relations Manager; Janine Tomaszewski, Event Producer; Sean Ann Kelly, Marketing Manager; and Denise Nazarenko, Sponsorship Manager.  To join us at the Mini Maker Faire as a maker, volunteer, sponsor or as an attendee explore our website for more information and fee free to email with any questions!

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Call for Food Vendors NOW OPEN!

Food Vendors, it’s your turn to sign up to be a part of the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire! Last year we had over 700 attendees and generated over $17,000 for Johnson College students. The Mini Maker Faire is a day to meet new people, see great inventions, try new things, and indulge in great food! In order to fulfill our expectations we need your help!

All vendors must have permits to operate in the City of Scranton. Food trucks already fit the bill for this. Food tents are also required to have permits. If you have already sold food at an event or parked your food truck in Scranton before, you are all set for the Faire!

All food vendors participating are asked to pay a $25 Commercial Maker fee. All money raised will go directly to the Strategic Opportunity Fund at Johnson College. The Strategic Opportunity Fund at Johnson College funds innovative equipment, projects, and initiatives for our campus and our students.

Emails will be sent to applicants to inform admittance into the Scranton Mini Maker Faire. Food Vendor spaces will be reserved once the fee is received.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Click Here to Apply!



Good morning makers!

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College! Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of Makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Our application form is now live to submit maker projects and exhibits. Before you get started, here’s how it works:

  • All applicants must fill out the form in the attached link in its entirety. Some questions are optional, but please give us as much information as possible about what you make!
  • Submitted applications will go into a selection process where the Scranton Mini Maker Faire team will determine acceptances in waves. There is more information about the waves in the form and we will keep all applicants up to date on the blog about them. If you apply between June 3rd and June 25th, you are part of Wave 1 and will be notified of your application status by July 3rd.
  • The Call for Makers Application will remain open until August 28th or until all maker spaces are filled.
  • Accepted makers will be notified by email and prompted to sign a maker agreement once accepted.
  • Payments will be requested once a maker is accepted. A Maker who is showing something that they make will pay $10 and a Commercial Maker (or vendor) who is selling what they make will be asked to pay $25. Payments will be accepted by cash, check (Payable to Johnson College), or credit card through a link that will be in the acceptance email. Only once the maker fee is received will your space be reserved at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire.
  • We really love social media, so if you would like to provide your Twitter and Facebook information in the application we will follow you!
  • Please direct any questions to!
  • Click Here to Apply Now!

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things. Here are just some examples of projects we’d like to see:

  • 3D Imaging | 3D Printing | Alternative Energy | Architecture | Arduino Art & Design | Bicycles | Biology | Chemistry | Circuit Bending | Computers Craft | Crochet | Culture | DIY Projects | Drones | Education | Electric Vehicles Electronics | Energy | Engineering | Fabrication | Flying | Food | Forensics Fun & Games | Furniture | Gadgets | Hacks | Kinetic Art | Knitting | Machining Makerspaces | Microcontrollers |Music | Open Source Hardware | Paper Craft Performances | Photography & Video | Physics | Raspberry Pi | Robotics Rockets |Science | Solar | Space | Student Projects | Sustainability | Tools Toys | Transportation | Woodworking | Workshop | Young Makers

Mythbusters Star Supports STE(A)M In Schools


Adam Savage, co-host of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters wants schools to keep arts, music, and industrial arts in school curriculum to supplement the education students are getting by preparing for standardized tests. Check out this article in the Tampa Bay Times by Sharon Kennedy Wynne.

Call For Makers Date Revealed!

As the Scranton Mini Maker Faire grows closer, we are happy to announce that our Call For Makers will begin on June 3, 2015! The application process will be exclusively online and we will begin reviewing applications in the middle to late June. As makers are accepted, each applicant will be notified by e-mail. Each maker space will be a 10×10 space, but depending on projects those areas can be negotiated to fit maker needs.

This year our fees have changed slightly. Any maker who will have a display will be asked to pay $10 and any commercial maker/vendor will be asked to pay $25 toward the Strategic Opportunity Fund at Johnson College. After all, the Scranton Mini Maker Faire provides funds to students at the College!

Stay tuned:

  • This year we will profile local makers as well as those who make the Scranton Mini Maker Faire happen!
  • Add us on social media! We have a Facebook page as well as a Twitter @ScranMakerFaire.
  • Sponsorship packages are currently being developed. Sponsor levels will be available on or before June 3rd. However, please feel free to call or message us at any time to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Half Way to Scranton Mini Maker Faire 2015!

The team at Johnson College is proud to announce that the second Scranton Mini Maker Faire will take place on October 3, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm! After the success we had in 2014, the maker community has spoken and Johnson College will host the event on campus once again.

The 2014 Scranton Mini Maker Faire featured 57 makers, brought over 700 visitors to campus, had support from over 20 corporate sponsors and raised $17,000 for the Strategic Opportunity Fund that directly supports student initiatives at Johnson College. The outpouring of support from the community was incredible and the team is ready to gear up for another year of supporting the maker movement.

Our call for makers will launch in June. If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact the team by email or through social media using Facebook and Twitter.

Sponsorship levels will be available soon. If you are interested in a sponsorship, please feel free to email

Take a Journey to the First Ever Scranton Mini Maker Faire

Thank you to our Video Sponsor, VOYAGER VIDEO, for the awesome video they created of the first ever Scranton Mini Maker Faire. They did an amazing job capturing all of the fun and excitement. Watch the video and be sure to share!

Voyager Video was founded to provide Northeast Pennsylvania’s filmmaking community with the highest-quality video production equipment available for rental, as well as first class, budget-friendly production services. Learn more about them here.

Snapshots from the 2014 Scranton Mini Maker Faire

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Photo Credits: Michael Straub Photography

Michael Straub Photography did a fantastic job capturing some magical moments from the Scranton Mini Maker Faire at Johnson College on Oct. 4, 2014.  If you have any pictures you’d like to share with us, please send them to