Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015 to land in Tampa – VIDEO

TAMPA, Fla. — Innovators and inventors alike are set to descend on Tampa for the Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015, making the city the epicenter of the creative universe for one day.

Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015 will feature more than 75 Maker groups representing a wide diversity of interests, skills, hobbies, trades and professions ranging from textile and other heritage crafters, to amateur radio, inventors and 3D printing enthusiasts.

The event is April 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Florida Center, located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, at 4800 US-301 in Tampa, accessed through MLK Blvd.

Sponsored by USF Connect, the Florida High Tech Corridor, the National Academy of Inventors, and TECO Energy, with a grant from Hillsborough County Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2), the event brings together the creative, entrepreneurial and inventive energy of over 300 technologists, artists, crafters, mechanical and electrical wizards, costumers and prop makers, roboticists, musical artists, inventors, gamers, coders, and more.

Makers/exhibitors can apply here through April 14.

More than a dozen area makerspaces from across four counties will be showcasing their programs, tools and services, along with member creations. A half dozen schools will be anchoring the Young Makers area, with Maker Education exhibits and hands-on fun and learning.

The Tampa Bay Inventors Council Inventors Showcase will feature more than a dozen local inventors, many with their products for sale.

Gulf Coast MakerCon is a community festival celebrating the DIY (Do It Yourself) Inventive Spirit, held each spring, in Tampa Bay. The event focuses on technical, creative and professional exhibits, workshops and sessions covering everything from patent development and the inventive process, to 3D printing, programming, mechanical and electrical design, green tech and open source technologies, and is produced by Eureka! Factory, in collaboration with creative community partners.

Eureka! Factory specializes in the development of creative programs, events and spaces for nonprofit and community organizations and institutions. The Eureka Factory believes in the power of Community Driven Innovation to change lives and deepen culture.

Video courtesy of MakerCon

Source: Gulf Coast Makers

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