1 Month Until Maker Faire!

There is just one month until the Scranton Mini Maker Faire! We are very excited and hope you are too! On Saturday, Oct 3 from 11am – 4pm, Johnson College will provide a venue for amazing projects that Makers of all ages and backgrounds will display in a show-and-tell format. Maker Faire is full of fun, interactive exhibits! We have plenty of kids activities planned and opportunities to engage with our makers.

Accepted makers, we are nearing the September 18th deadline for maker agreement submissions and fee payments.  Please mail them in or submit electronically as soon as possible!

It is time to start thinking about what your maker booth will look like! Remember to be creative! Makers are responsible for bringing table cloths and any other items that will contribute to the display.

There will be two set-up options for the event; Friday October 2nd in the evening or the morning of October 3rd. The Friday evening option will be open from 2-6 p.m. and makers should notify the production team if they plan on setting up Friday evening. For the Saturday morning option, makers will be able to set-up booths from 8-10:30 a.m. Volunteers will be available to help with unloading of items.

Remember, tickets are FREE for students and kids, and just $5 for adults.

See you on October 3rd!


Meet A Community Committee Member – Stephanie Greaney!

Meet Stephanie Greaney! Stephanie is an Admissions Representative at Johnson College. Stephanie’s role on the Community Committee is to lead the Johnson college recruitment efforts at the faire. Stephanie and her team of admissions representatives along with student ambassadors, will be available to answerSG Profile Image questions and give tours of the college to anyone who may be interested in becoming a student. Stephanie is most excited about, “Being able to speak and interact with the Makers and check out what fun projects they have been working on.” Stephanie told us the Maker Faire has made her more appreciative of the innovations and thought that goes into the projects our makers bring. For more information on Johnson College, Stephanie can be reached at sgreaney@johnson.edu or 570-702-8949, and feel free to stop by her booth at the Faire!

Meet our Community Committee Members from Jam Works, LLC.!

We would like to introduce Kristina Galati and Kim Mele of Jam Works, LLC. Kristina and Kim are on our Community Committee for the second year. They bring an innovative perspective to the committee with their knowledge of the robotics industry. Kristina told us her favorite part of Maker Faire is that it’s a community based event that “offers opportunities for conversations with

Kim Mele & Kirstina Galati

Kim Mele & Kirstina Galati

makers, tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who come together to show their projects.”

Kim loves seeing all of the creative vendors and all of the excitement in the children as they learn from the local makers. Kim’s most excited to show off the Jam Works robot, to see all of the returning makers and to meet new innovators.

Kristina and Kim will be at the Jam Works booth at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire allowing visitors to play with a robot and teaching them more about what their company does. For more information about Jam Works, LLC., visit www.jamworksllc.com.



Meet our Marketing Manager!

Sean Ann Kelly & Liam Walter of Scranton

With the Scranton Mini Maker Faire just seven weeks away, we want to make sure all of NEPA knows about the awesome event at Johnson College! We wouldn’t be able to do that without Sean Ann Kelly who is the event’s Marketing Manager.  She handles all social media and community outreach. Sean Ann’s favorite part of Maker Faire is the self-motivation behind all of the innovative projects. “To be a maker, inventor, or do-it-yourself type of person, you have to start with an inspiration. Being a maker is all about taking something that has meaning to you, adding your imagination, and sharing your creation with others,” says Sean Ann. She explained how she loves how the makers enjoy not only sharing but teaching others about what they do.  “I really enjoy the kids who can come to the event and try something completely new such as soldering or building,” she said. Sean Ann is excited for the 2015 Scranton Maker Faire to bring the community back to the Johnson College Campus. “Scranton has so many artists, innovators, crafters, discoverers, and more who can now join together with the common theme of making,” said Sean Ann. Join us Saturday, October 3, 2015 for the Scranton Mini Maker Faire and be sure to follow the event on Facebook and Twitter @ScranMakerFaire! Media contacts can reach Sean Ann directly at skelly@johnson.edu or 570-702-8963.

Meet Our Executive Producer!

On behalf of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire team, we would like to introduce Janine Tomaszewski.  Janine is currently employed at Johnson College as the Director of College Relations.  Her favorite part of Maker Faire is how the community can enjoy a day together to support local and regional makers.  Janine said Maker Faire has definitely changed her view on making. She explained, “Until last year’s event, I didn’t really know what it meant to be a JT_ProfileImageMaker until I saw all of these awesome people arrive on our campus with such a variety of exhibits.  It is really cool to see all of the innovative ideas right here in our home town!” This year Janine is the Executive Producer of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire.  She oversees the event by working with the Maker Faire Production Team, key people at Johnson College, and our community committee to make sure all of the parts of the event come together to be great! Janine can be reached at scrantonminimakerfaire@gmail.com regarding any questions with logistics or general inquiries about the event.

2 Months Until Scranton Mini Maker Faire!

We are just two months away from the Scranton Mini Maker Faire! We cannot wait to welcome all of our makers, food vendors and attendees to Johnson College on October 3rd! We have accepted two waves of makers so far and we are progressing toward filling all available spaces. Please check your email for the acceptance packet if you’ve already applied.


From woodworkers to painters to kids who code, we have some of the most awesome exhibits you could find! Our Community Committee is hard at work spreading awareness that makers can still apply, seeking food vendors and informing the public of this unique NEPA event that celebrates creativity and innovation.

If you intend on being a maker at the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire, here’s a checklist of some steps to take:

  1. Apply. Applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled.
  2. Once you receive an acceptance letter, sign the maker agreement.
  3. In order to hold a maker space, all makers must pay the appropriate maker fee.
  4. Decide when you would like to set-up. Two options are available; Friday afternoon on 10/2/15 or the morning of Saturday 10/3/15. (More information about set-up to follow.)
  5. Plan what your exhibit will look like! Consider table cloths, decorations, etc.
  6. Stay in touch by following us on Facebook or Twitter @ScranMakerFaire.

Sponsors are also a large part of this event. Sponsorships and donations make sure the Production Team can provide all of the Maker Faire awesomeness to the community, host our makers and contribute to the Strategic Opportunity Fund which benefits the students of Johnson College. Please inquire about sponsorships by calling Denise Nazarenko at 570-702-8908 or dnazarenko@johnson.edu. Several sponsorship levels are available.


Meet a Community Committee Member! – Christine Medley

Meet Christine Medley! Christine is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Marywood University. She will be a part of our Community Committee for her second year in 2015. Christine’s favorite part of Maker Faire is the “blend and variety” of makers.  Maker Faire has changed her view on making by “reinforcing maker0009her desire to make and to share what she makes with the community.” As someone who often shares her work with the community through First Friday Scranton and other events in NEPA, she enjoys another opportunity to share the love she has for her craft. This year Christine will be selling letterpress prints and is also going to demonstrate letterpress printing where participants can operate the press and make their own print. This maker space was a huge hit in 2014 because our attendees love being able to make something to take home!

Leckey Live!

IMG_2595This morning we welcomed Ryan Leckey from WNEP to the Johnson College campus to shoot an edition of his morning show, Leckey Live! Accepted makers Kedar Narayann and Frank DeFreitas attended to give a preview of the creations they will present at the Scranton Mini Maker Faire on October 3rd. Check out the coverage here! Leckey’s show gave the event great exposure in 2014 and we have no doubt that the segments shot this morning will, too! Thanks to all Johnson College students, staff and faculty who also came out this morning to support the Mini Maker Faire and the impact it has on the Strategic Opportunity Fund which directly impacts the students.


Meet a Community Committee Member! – Rick Fornes

Meet Rick Fornes! Rick is a Johnson College alumnus from the class of 1994 and the Director of Innovation at the College. Rick will be a part of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire Community Committee for his second year. We asked Rick what his favorite thing about Maker Faire is, “I enjoy seeing the types of things that people from the area are investigating or making. They range from 3-D printing to brewing and many other diverse areas.” Rick has come from a family that was always involved in the trades so he has always been a maker at heart. His father IMG_9123_2MFtaught at Johnson before him and his brother found his career in a hands-on career after attending the College as well. As director of Innovation, Rick is constantly pursuing new options for Johnson College to prepare for the future of industry and prepare a workforce that is innovative and adaptive.  He loves bringing such a forward-thinking event to the campus of Johnson College to show the community how Johnson College is progressing into the future and to see new ideas that may inspire him as an educator. Rick will be volunteering on the day of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire along with students of his Electronic Engineering Technology program.

Arts on the Square – Saturday, July 25th!

This Saturday is the 3rd Annual Arts on the Square in downtown Scranton presented by ScrantonMade on Courthouse Square. There will be plenty to see from noon until 8 p.m. including, art, crafts, music, and great food! The Production Team from the Scranton Mini Maker Faire will have a booth to promote the faire and to talk with local makers who may want to participate. We have provided ScrantonMade with free VIP tickets to our event as well as a free Maker Space to be given away to a maker of their choice. A lot of artists and crafters that participate in Arts on the Square also participate in the Scranton Mini Maker Faire, so come join us for an awesome day downtown supporting these awesome local makers on Saturday!