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Loudoun's first community Maker Fair. Oct 5th, 2014.
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Our event was a success: Over the course of the day, nearly 100 of northern Virginia's leading makers, community leaders and business executives came together, along with their families, to discuss and plan the future of making in Northern Virginia.

Now help us make this kickstarter campaign a success - your contribution will help us recoup the costs of the event, and make us that much more excited to plan next year's much larger event!

Backers pledging $100 or more will receive a special 3D-printed commemorative ticket for this event, and be forever known as a "founding supporter" of Loudoun County Maker Fair and Makersmiths, our new Makerspace.  This ticket will be good for free admission to next year's maker fair as well.

What do you get when you put the area's leading machinists, prototypists, entrepeneurs, inventors, educators, woodworkers together with robot and sewing experts, parents, and technologists? First - you build a community; one that encourages, inspires, cross-pollinates, and otherwise supports works that are previously done often in isolation.

Help us support that.

Makersmiths, the new Loudoun County makers organization, and soon-to-launch makerspace,  pulled together this inaugural event to bring together community leaders and makers to kick off the maker movement in Loudoun County. 

Your support will help pay for the infrastructure needed to make this happen (components and tools for hands-on activities, signage, and all the other stuff that makers need to show off their creations).

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

The hardest part of putting on this event is making everything come together over the course of the two days: day one is setup, day two is the event itself. Because we're a small team, a forgotten extension cord or lamp can cause us to lose a key person's time for an hour or more. We address this by making lists, checking them twice, and bringing extra things (because stuff breaks, too).

The other obstacle is making sure we have the right makers to exhibit and create engaging experiences. Without a set of compelling exhibitors, we'd have a pretty boring event. Fortunately, the team members have wide and complementary networks of friends and collaborators to draw on, and we've already got at least a dozen makers committed.

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    A special thanks on the Makersmiths.org web site. Every little bit counts!

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    A limited edition, commemorative t-shirt from Makersmiths.
    2 free guest pass to Makersmiths Innovation Forge makerspace (upon opening)

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    o Personalized 3D printed Commemorative ticket
    o T-shirt
    o 1 Month free membership upon opening

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    o Founding member status – for as long as you are a member
    o 6 months full Makersmiths membership (upon opening)
    o 10 free guest passes to the makerspace
    o Personalized 3D printed Commemorative ticket
    o Founder T-shirt

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    o Founding member status – for as long as you are a member
    o 1 year full Makersmiths membership (upon opening)
    o 25 free guest passes to the makerspace
    o Personalized 3D printed Commemorative ticket
    o Founder T-shirt

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