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!

Meet a Community Committee Member! – Elizabeth Davis

Meet Elizabeth Davis! Elizabeth is the Digital Services Librarian at the Albright Memorial Library. She will be a part of our Community Committee for the second year for maker0148the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire. Last year she represented the library at the faire by hosting a maker exhibit where she did a Makey Makey invention activity with children. Elizabeth’s favorite part about Maker Faire is seeing all of the exciting things that people are building and creating right here in the Scranton area, “it’s great to see the community embracing the movement” she says. Elizabeth told us she is excited to connect with new makers and learn about the new ideas they have. She is also hoping to promote the Scranton Library and its resources at the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire while connecting with the community through her love for the maker movement.

Meet our Sponsorship Manager!

On behalf of the Scranton Mini Maker Faire Team, we would like to introduce to you, Denise Nazarenko!  Denise is currently the Director of Development at Johnson College.  Denise is most excited to meet all of the local “do-it-yourselfers” and to see all of the community support at the 2015 Scranton Mini Maker Faire.  Denise explained that DN MF Profile2she became interested in the Maker Movement because the event creates a sense of creativity and idea sharing amongst its participants. “You meet creative people who are not only inventing cool things, but willing to show you how they create the innovations,” she said. 

Denise is our Sponsorship Manager for this year’s Mini Maker Faire. Sponsorships are available at many different price points and all funds support Johnson College’s Strategic Opportunity Fund. Sponsorship levels are detailed on our Sponsors page. Contact Denise today to talk about sponsorship options for your organization! She can be contacted through our general email, scrantonminimakerfaire@gmail.com or at (570) 702-8908.

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, scrantonminimakerfaire@gmail.com 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 scrantonminmakerfaire@gmail.com.
  • 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. Feel free to email scrantonminimakerfaire@gmail.com with any questions! JC Team Photo

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: scrantonminimakerfaire@gmail.com

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 scrantonminimakerfaire@gmail.com!
  • 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