Tuesday, February 04, 2014

White House Announces Plans For First-Ever 'Maker Faire' Inspired By 'Joey Marshmallow'

White House invites Makers to submit photos and videos of their projects...
Washington, DC - The White House on Monday announced it will host the first-ever White House Maker Faire later this year, inspired by Joey Hudy, who famously shot off his "extreme marshmallow cannon" for President Barack Obama during the second annual White House Science Fair.  

The Arizona native, now 16, recently became Intel's youngest intern, and sat with First Lady Michelle Obama during the President's State of the Union Address.

"We're inspired by “Joey Marshmallow” and the millions of citizen-makers driving the next era of American innovation--and we're thrilled to announce plans to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire later this year," the White House said

The White House has not yet announced the date for the Faire, but is calling for submissions from Makers.

"We will release more details on the event soon, but it will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things," the White House said.

Those interested in getting involved can send "pictures or videos of your creations or a description of how you are working to advance the maker movement to maker@ostp.gov, or on Twitter using the hashtag #IMadeThis," the White House said.  

Submissions on Twitter can be sent to @WhiteHouse or @Whitehouseostp.

Without specifying a date, the White House has also promised to "launch an all-hands-on-deck effort to provide even more students and entrepreneurs access to the tools, spaces, and mentors needed to Make."

"Take Joey’s advice – don’t be bored, make something. Maybe you, like Joey, can take your making all the way to the White House," the White House said.

Joey became the youngest Intel intern "after he amazed Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at a Maker Faire, which is an event that allows tinkerers, entrepreneurs, and inventors like Joey to haul their creations out of the garage and into the spotlight," the White House said.


*White House video