Despite a bit of rain, a record crowd of 10,000 (including a family of five who drove from Utah to be a part of the festivities) made their way to Central Library for the fourth annual DTLA Maker Faire on Saturday afternoon. More than 115 makers were on hand to show off their innovative and ingenious creations, from a series of different robotics exhibits, to replica dinosaur fossils that were created using a 3D printer, and even a Conceptual Fashion Show, which closed out the afternoon.
Expanding on the footprint of last year’s Maker Faire, this year’s event saw makers throughout the library, in the Maguire Gardens and, for the first time, out on Fifth St. in front of the library. With the street closed to traffic, a number of new makers were able to participate in their first Maker Faire, showing off a Mazda Miata that had been converted from gas to electric, the Students Think STEAM Initiative’s Airstream Trailer and a pair of arenas that featured full-on robot battles.
In addition to the dedicated work of countless librarians, volunteers and other staff members, this year’s DTLA Maker Faire was also supported by the following sponsors: Google, Norby, Mattel, The Broad Foundation, Microduino, We Are Giants, the team from Councilmember Huizar’s CD 14, and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.