THE WHITE HOUSE — President Obama proclaimed June 18th a “National Day of Making” and announced a number of initiatives to support the Maker Movement and makerspaces at the first ever White House Maker Faire.
Nova Labs Co-Founder Justin Leto was on hand to hear President Obama deliver his remarks to an audience of entrepreneurs, students, business leaders, mayors, and other heads of non-profit organizations who have pledged to support the Maker Movement.
Peppered with humor throughout, the President kept the crowd laughing:
“Why is there an ‘e’ at the end of Faire? Is there jousting? Do we have to get dressed up? I’m just warning you, next year the ‘e’ may be gone.”
“Before we begin I have to ask: What on Earth have you done to my house? There’s a mobile factory on the South Lawn. There’s a robotic Giraffe. There’s a giant red weather balloon in the rose garden. There’s a paper craft dinosaur head in the hallway?”
The President pointed out a 3D printed sculpture of his State of the Union speech, “You can see…there could have been some edits in the middle and the sculpture clearly goes on too long.”
The Maker Faire Fact Sheet provides a full list of programs being rolled out in support of the following three initiatives:
Helping Makers launch new businesses and create jobs, with more than 13 federal agencies and companies including Etsy, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Local Motors offering Makers a suite of support services including expanded access to start-up grants, strong relationships with American manufacturers and major retailers, and business mentoring and training.
Dramatically expanding the number of students that have the opportunity to become Makers, with the Department of Education and five other agencies; over 150 colleges and universities; more than 130 libraries; and major companies including Intel, Autodesk, Disney, Lego, 3D Systems, and MAKE committing to create more Makerspaces, enlist more educators in teaching Making, and launch other programs that allow students access to the tools and mentors that will bring their ideas to life.
Challenging Makers to tackle our most pressing problems, from Maker Nurses prototyping new tools that will aid in patient care, to Makers expanding our frontiers in space, to Makers here and abroad developing low-cost technologies that can improve the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Source: The White House
Following the President’s remarks, attendees were able to tour the Maker Faire exhibits. Notable guests included Dale Dougherty from MAKE Magazine, inventor and FIRST Robotics Founder, Dean Kamen, Grammy Award winner Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, and Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, among others.
Will.i.am helps maker Adrian Niles network with Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems
AnnMarie Thomas, the Creator of “Squishy Circuits”, a popular class at Nova Labs.
Pancake bot custom prints pancakes, including one of President Obama’s head!
Creators of openROV. They were excited to learn that Nova Labs Co-Founder Jason Kohles is building one.
Dale Dougherty of MAKE Magazine
“I was deeply humbled to be able to answer the President’s call and to represent the thousands of Nova Labs supporters at The White House. This opportunity is welcomed validation that the hard work and commitment of our community in support of STEM education and the Maker Movement is getting noticed by the highest reaches of government and industry,” said Justin Leto, Co-Founder and CFO of Nova Labs.