White House Maker Challenge

IndieGoGo launches a ‘Maker Challenge’ 


In celebration of the first-ever White House Maker Faire, IndieGoGo announces their own Maker Challenge! Running through July 16, 2014, the Indiegogo Maker Challenge is a great opportunity for makers to share your work with the world.

Makers can participate by submitting either a newly created or existing maker-oriented Indiegogo campaign to the Maker Challenge Partner Page.

All qualifying campaigns have a chance at prize packages from sponsors Amazon and Autodesk that include product mentorship and development tools. Now’s your chance to have your hard work recognized and your project potentially boosted to the next level!

Amazon prize packages will be given to twenty (20) selected campaigns and include:
·         Entrepreneurial mentorship from Amazon.
·         A 3-month professional account subscription Selling on Amazon.
·         A $200 credit toward Fulfillment by Amazon.

Autodesk prizes include:
·         Autodesk® Fusion 360™, an easy-to-use 3D CAD/CAM tool, for all qualifying campaigns.
·         123D Mentorship for five (5) selected campaigns.

How To Participate:
To qualify, you must start a campaign related to the maker movement. Makers include technologists, designers, and artists who are working on campaigns that promote participatory learning and community engagement.  Remember, your campaign should be live  and have it associated to the Maker Challenge Partner Page by July 16, 2014. Amazon and Autodesk will select and announce the campaigns receiving prize packages July 25.

If you already have a campaign on Indiegogo related to the maker movement, contact IndieGoGo here to have it added within 48 hours to the Maker Challenge Partner Page.


About the White House Maker Faire:
The White House hosted the first White House Maker Faire enabling private and public action to increase the number of maker communities nationally, as well as empower makers with the tools and resources to turn their ideas into real, scalable productions. Last month alone, Indiegogo’s maker community debuted many campaigns to great success – including New MatterGOkey, and DIMPLE – and we’re thrilled the White House recognizes the importance of these dreamers, thinkers, and doers.


In addition to hosting the event, President Obama has declared June 18 as a nationwide Day of Making. Stay involved on Twitter via #NationOfMakers and our own Maker Challenge tag, #GoMaker.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA @ the HUB on July 21, 2014

Growing Education, Equity and a new Maker Force

Join Oakland Makers on
Monday, July 21, 2014
6:30-8:00 pm

In this interactive session of the Oakland Maker’s forum we will discuss, take questions, and get feedback about what’s happening around Maker training in the Bay Area. Come hear about manufacturing education in the high schools and community colleges, digital fab labs, apprenticeships and other activities around creating the Makerforce of tomorrow.

The Bay Area has received a large number of grants recently to begin strengthening current programs, and building new ones. This is a great opportunity for those from industry to learn how to become more involved with education, as well as for those in education to understand how the Maker Movement can be a part of their contextualized curriculum. Mark Martin from Laney College will lead the discussion.

Mark Martin, PhD is the Regional Director (DSN), Bay Area
Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development
for California Community Colleges