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May 2, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm| Free
Maketopolis is Tucson’s annual festival for makers, tinkerers, builders, engineers, hackers, crafters, hobbyists, and everyone curious about making cool stuff, hosted this year by Xerocraft. Created by a group of makers, hackers and innovators to help highlight the skills of Tucson’s creative community, Maketopolis is spearheaded by Terry Nordbrock, Jeremy Briddle, Dale Tersey and the stalwart volunteers of Xerocraft.
Tucson is a city of Makers, and Maketopolis is the maker community’s chance to take the projects that have been worked on in garages or workshops and display them for all to enjoy. At this Tucson festival, the focus is on wonder, fun and discovery. A diverse variety of makers from engineers to ceramicists to Steampunks will be on hand to discuss and display their work as well as to perform demonstrations. Following the excitement and energy of the first annual Maketopolis, featuring the joint efforts of Maker House and Xerocraft, the drive to expand and continue this unique Tucson festival has been intense.
As part of the festival, Xerocraft is delighted to announce that the FCC granted them a construction permit for A LOW POWER FM RADIO STATION! Briddle says they seek community support to raise $10,000 for a transmitter, antenna tower, station, and equipment. This year’s Maketopolis Tucson features a concert benefit in the evening to support KMKR, Maker Radio, Tucson’s DIY radio station, which will broadcast live from Xerocraft once the station launches.
Maketopolis is free and open to the public. Xerocraft will be accepting donations for the radio station and holding an auction to raise funds for the new station. The Radio Benefit has a suggested donation of $10 at the door and $8 in advance; tickets go on sale on 4/15.
Briddle says it is not too late too late to register to exhibit, as the cut off date is April 26, 2014. Interested persons may sign up for a space here:
Maketopolis is a non-profit event. All proceeds will be used to cover the cost of the event, with any additional monies going toward keeping Maketopolis an annual event. The event is free to all attendees, and open to all ages. All concert donations will be used to purchase the equipment necessary to broadcast an LPFM signal to the Tucson community.