Wow… It’s already the third year of MakerJam! It feels like yesterday we were just three high school students in a library with an idea. Now, two years later and each of us two years into college in very different fields, hundreds of individuals have participated in MakerJam, from nearly every state in the country and also from plenty of countries around the world!
MakerJam as an idea is not always the same thing; one year we may picture it one way, and one way we may picture it another. Furthermore, as students wih full courseloads and often jobs, not every single idea we have can make its way into the event. With that said, though, the heart of MakerJam is this: anyone has the time to dedicate one day, one hour, maybe even just one minute, to making something. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It just has to be your creative energies put to use. MakerJam is a day to put your energies into something cool, and maybe even inspire you to take it a little bit further.
Now that some of my more personal ramblings are out of the way, let’s talk some specifics:
How do I participate in MakerJam?
Just make something. That’s it.
You can make anything for MakerJam. Make a model. Make a painting. Make a poem. Make a computer program. Make a sweater. As long as it has something to do with theme and you made it yourself, it is completely eligible for MakerJam.
How do I submit content to the website? Why should I?
Well, as to why, that’s up to you; it’s totally possible to participate in MakerJam and not submit anything. However, if you have any desire at all to, we strongly encourage it; this website is a goldmine of ideas, presentations, and creations of every variety and every skill level. There’s no embarassment in sending in something “weird” or “subpar”; we’re a group of people who just like making things, and some of the best submissions we’ve had have looked ‘incomplete’ or ‘odd,’ to name a few things said about them.
As to how, you do not need to create an account. When you submit an entry, if you input your email, an account will automatically be created. If you want, you can just ignore the subsequent email, but if you think the website is really cool, you think you might want to edit your entry later on, or want to do MakerJam in the future, having an account helps keep things organized! You’ll receive a link in your email to make a password and finalize your account.
The theme for MakerJam 2018 is… Support!
-The MakerJam Team
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