DIY enthusiasts gathered at the White House today at President Obama's invitation, showing off their work at the first-ever White House Maker Faire.
The president said he hopes to “inspire a new wave of innovation” generating new jobs and new industries to help rebuild America's economy.
More than 100 makers from 25 states were confirmed to attend, including "extreme marshmallow cannon" maker Jody Hudy, Super-Awesome Sylvia, who participated in Boing Boing's own Ford-sponsored automobile Hack Day.
Today's event is part of the Obama administration's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
From the Washington Post:
“Through the generations, American inventors have lit our homes, propelled humanity into the skies, and helped people across the planet connect at the click of a button. American manufacturers have never stopped chasing the next big breakthrough,” he said in a proclamation establishing June 18 as a National Day of Making, that he said would serve to “celebrate and carry forward this proud tradition.”
I'm here at MakerFaire at the White House! pic.twitter.com/qLyIAA3xwl— Super-Awesome Sylvia (@MakerSylvia) June 18, 2014