Over 100 “Makers” and 3,000 Faire-goers expected on Sunday, March 16, 2014

ChildrenScienceCenterThe Children's Science Center, a 2013 Innovation Fund Grantee, will have a booth at the Maker Faire this Sunday.The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Fund is a premiere sponsor of Northern Virginia’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire, to take place this Sunday, March 16th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at South Lakes High School and Hughes Middle School in Reston.  It will bring together inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region to demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make things, new inventions, tools, and gadgets.  More than 100 booths will feature “Makers” ages 12 to 92, offering hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages.  Tickets are required to attend this event.  More information is available at http://makerfairenova.com.

The Innovation Fund recognizes and promotes innovation and supports programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity, and new design across Northern Virginia.  Through competitive grant cycles to schools and nonprofit organizations, and through the support and sponsorship of such programs as the Mason Innovation Lab at George Mason University and the NoVa Mini Maker Faire, the Innovation Fund is uniquely positioned to help inculcate a culture of innovation in Northern Virginia and to support those who are nurturing innovative ideas and solutions in the region.

As it prepares for its second annual Innovation Fund grant cycle this spring, the Community Foundation has already secured $40,000 towards its goal of $75,000.  More information about donating to support innovation in Northern Virginia is available on our website. To get involved in the Innovation Fund Brain Trust, please contact Sari Raskin at sari.raskin@cfnova.org.