MakerX is Coming!

MakerX The Columbus Maker Expo is a festival for everyone interested in digital design and creation. It will take place from 10 am to 5 pm on April 21, 2018 at the Reynoldsburg Battelle Fablab and Reynoldsburg Performing Arts Center.

Advance tickets are required. Tickets are free for ages 18 and younger and just $5 for adults. Parking is free.

Here is a current list of our exhibitors and what they’re bringing:

Midwest Connect Hyperloop from MORPC (Hyperloop technology for the Columbus Region)

The PAST Foundation (underwater robotics, FIRST/Lego robotics, drones)

Microsoft (mixed/virtual reality experiences)

Reynoldsburg Battelle FabLab from Reynoldsburg Summit High School (tours of the fablab, FIRST robotics)

Tech Studio from COSI (arduino workshop)

Lincoln Fab Lab from Lincoln High School (vinyl cutter and CNC demos, makerspace projects, mobile fablab, live car wrap)

Buckeye FPV (live drone racing)

IEEE Columbus (learning and career enhancement opportunities within the engineering sciences)

IC3D printers (3D printer filament giveaway)

Capital University (performance by the MIDI band, audio, video, and theater technology demos, makerspace projects)

The Point at Otterbein University (makerspace projects, robotics team)

Modular Synthesis from Bbob Drake (experiment with electronic music)

STEM Middle @ Baldwin from Baldwin Road Junior High School (makerspace projects, interactive music boards, robots)

UNDR[H2O] from Guessworkvr (virtual reality game experience)

Underwater Robotics from Ohio State University (autonomous underwater vehicle demo)

Lego Robot BattleBots from Robot Academy (robot building and combat)

Micro-lessons for Micro-controllers from Alexandria Kalika (micro-controller and micro-computer demos)

Cloudhaus (makerspace projects and information)

Dragonfly LLC (Laser-cut jewelry & decorations)

Westerville City Schools (augmented reality sandbox experience, makerspace demos and projects)

Columbus School for Girls (FIRST robotics)

Giant Humanoid Robots from Choitek (interactive robotics demo)

Art and technology from Fuse Factory (digital media)

VR maker technology from VR Columbus (custom VR controllers and software)

Drone racing education from Safety Third Racing (drone simulations and test runs)

The Future of Drones from Infinite Impact (pro video drone demo, VR demo)

Marburn Academy (FIRST robotics)

STEM is Elementary (hands-on building)

Library Makerspace from Xavier University (assistive technology demos)

GorillaMaker (large format 3D printers)

techARTeum (STEM crafts)

Autonomyhub (autonomous vehicles and drones)

CareerConnectED from Make:Springfied (design and modeling, maker projects)

IDEA Lab from Zane State College (manufacturing based maker space)

See3D (3D printing for assistive technology and learning)

Tinkering with TECH CORPS (program robots and experiment with VR)

Max Welds (metal art)

Pre-Engineering from Hilliard Bradley High School (3D printing)

Design it, Build it, Test it for Kids from OTEEA (hands-on building)

Pickerington High School (robotics and engineering)

EMC2 (FIRST robotics)

Moving from Human to Robot from Jack Brown (control robotic motion)

Isotower from Todd Barchok (tower building game)

R2D2 Learning to Fail from Josh Montgomery (R2D2 demonstration)

Deceiver from Evan Todd (pre-apocalyptic philosophical shooter game)

We are continuing to seek exhibitors until we run out of space. Please review the Exhibit page (and take a look at the Venue page) and submit your exhibit proposal as soon as possible.

MakerX 2018 is hosted by the Reynoldsburg Battelle  Fablab and sponsored by Capital University, Otterbein University, IEEE Columbus and IC3D Printers. The planning committee is listed on the About page. Event contact: Bill Ball,

Otterbein University Sponsors MakerX

Otterbein University is providing financial sponsorship to MakerX. Otterbein has recently opened The Point “a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) Innovation Center that combines academics with the business and manufacturing needs of our community.”  Otterbein is represented on the MakerX planning committee by Curtis Smith.

IC3D sponsors MakerX

IC3D is providing in-kind sponsorship to MakerX in the form of a 3D printing filament giveaway at the event. IC3D’s mission is to bring “forth the digital technologies of 3D printing and scanning to all. Its mission is to enable industrial engineers as well as curious tinkerers and young inventors with the high-quality 3D printing gear they will enjoy, while inspiring them to explore and express their inner creativity to the world.”

Capital University sponsors MakerX

Capital University is providing financial sponsorship to MakerX. Capital’s identity “is a comprehensive, independent university, grounded in the Lutheran tradition. It offers diverse undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences and professions. It emphasizes excellence in teaching in a personalized, student-centered environment of robust academic challenge. It is committed to using multiple approaches to intellectual development to serve the lifelong learning of a heterogeneous population. It seeks to prepare individuals to live holistic lives of leadership and service.” Capital University is represented on the MakerX planning committee by Dr. Bill Ball.

IEEE Columbus sponsors MakerX

IEEE Columbus is providing the fiscal sponsorship for the MakerX event. IEEE describes itself as “the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.” The Columbus section of IEEE is represented on the MakerX planning committee by Josh Civiello.

What is MakerX?

MakerX is an independent maker festival that consists of a celebration, learning, and networking event for everyone interested in the exciting new technologies of digital design and fabrication.

MakerX advances the growing international series of maker festivals (often titled Maker Faire, MakerCon, or Makerfest) that draw thousands of attendees to each event (over a million globally in 2016) to demonstrate and share technologies that are revolutionizing the ability of students, hobbyists, professionals and companies to design and create using the latest tools in CAD, 3D printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers and other electronics, robotics, drones and more.

More details of the type of exhibits we anticipate can be found on the Exhibit page (also, check out our great Venue ).

MakerX 2018 will be:

A high-energy and fun event celebrating the spirit of open learning in digital design and fabrication.

An intensive opportunity for those curious about the maker movement to join it, and for those already involved, to learn more and network more widely.

A recognition of students, schools, community makerspaces, individuals, startups, and established companies involved in this movement by showcasing their projects and people to the public.

An opportunity for the companies in central Ohio engaged in digital design and fabrication to engage with students, hobbyists, and the interested public around the technologies they employ.

A demonstration of the Columbus region as a wellspring for innovation in high tech design and creation.