Lansing Maker Week encourages ingenuity

Oct 7, 2014

Dreamers. Inventors. Tinkerers. Builders. In the 21st century, they’re often called  “makers.” This creative impulse runs deep in Michigan and in America. “Lansing Maker Week”, a series of events that runs through Sunday, is meant to nurture that tradition.

Around Lansing and East Lansing, makers are gathering this week to share ideas at lectures, workshops and demonstrations.

Lansing Maker Week will wrap up with what’s billed as the midwest’s first-ever ‘Start Up Weekend,’ a 54-hour marathon during which makers will form teams to develop  marketable products. On Sunday evening, they’ll pitch them to actual investors.

Current State talks with Lansing Maker Week organizers Jeff Smith, director of the New Economy division of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, and Brian Adams, founder of the Lansing Makers Network.