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2022 Makers

Bloominglabs – We are the host of Makevention, AND we always set up a room to highlight what’s been going on at our makerspace. Come check us out! We have some really cools stuff to share this year!

FOOLS – (Fraternal Order Of Lock Sport) – Lock picking with the FOOLS is always a big hit at Makevention. It’s safe fun for the whole family! –

Bona Fide Creations – Handmade Jewelry and Paintings

Wild Endeavor – Artful Oddities: Handcrafted Wood Crafts (Wands, Bowls, Bottle Openers), Textiles, Crochet Dolls, Painted Magnets, Resin Art, and a wide variety of geeky items for youth and adults alike. Wood burning will be done at the booth. –

Native Stardust – Handmade small batch Crochet Knit and Macrame items –

Silverwood Wood Designs – Wm. Matthew Graphman, Author – an author, game designer and maker of wooden gaming accessories including gaming tables. –

Lilly Library, IU Libraries – Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection – The Jerry Slocum Collection of Mechanical Puzzles embodies a lifetime pursuit of the intriguing and the perplexing. The result is a collection of over 35,000 mechanical puzzles from all over the world, in addition books and manuscripts on the subject. 

The mechanical puzzles in the collection range from puzzles locks from the antiquity to innovative designs made with modern tools such as laser cutters and 3D printers. Learn about the different types of mechanical puzzles and the challenges each pose. 

Puzzles from the hands-on collection will be at the booth for attendees to solve. Hear from the Lilly Library’s Curator of Puzzles about how puzzle designers develop their deviously difficult creations and maybe find a new idea for your next project.

Artisan Alley – Meet Artisan Alley – Artisan Alley will be highlighting it’s programs and resources, along with some of their members/artists. They will offer face-painting and some demonstrations from our artists. – 

FIRST FRC Team 3494 – The Quadrangles – FIRST Robotics Demonstration  – Driving and student led explanation of +100lbs robots built to compete in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition (FRC). –

Local author Joshua Giem – Author’s Table for Heaven’s Expedition (novel) –

Give A Good Turn LLC – Wood gift items turned locally –

Jack of Peace Games – Selling Home-designed board games –

CNS-IU – New work from Indiana University’s CNS – Come tinker with elements from CNS’s latest projects: see walking architecture, manipulate massive streams of data, and visit a gallery of human organs in VR. –

The Code and Key Escape Rooms – Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! Try puzzle boxes, investigate tabletop puzzles, make your way through a puzzle maze, and even disarm a bomb! Also, pick up a take home escape -game-in-an-envelope or a card game designed by our Code and Key designers. –

Indiana University – IT Training – Providing information about how members of the community can utilize IT Training’s online software training courses. We will also have 3D printers running and different 3D printed objects. –

Monroe County Public Library – will be offering fun STEAM activities for the whole family. –

Froggy Print Design – Maker of pretty, and occasionally useful objects out of wood, metal, and whatever may be at hand, transforming the mundane into something unique. –

Society of Women Engineers – Southwest Central Indiana Section – SWE is a non-profit org for Women in STEM. They will have STEM activities for children and info about the events they have for kids, as well as women in STEM, throughout the year. –

Space Balls Candy Lab llc – They make freeze-dried candies! By reducing the temperature to -40˚F, then slowly heating up and creating a powerful vacuum that starts a process called sublimation, they experiment with some of their favorite candies to create out-of-this-world results! – https://FB.ME/SpaceBallsCandyLab

Zack Herzig – An exhibit of cosplay costumes and props including multiple award winning costumes. –

Ian Good & Maureen Pirog – A display of some art and some art for sale – marbles for kids to pick up and look at


Check back soon – we’ll keep adding more exhibitors as folks sign up!

Makevention 2018 was August 25th

We would like to thank everyone who came out for making this another awesome year for Makevention! Thanks to our sponsors (IU SICE, IU PTI, IU SoE, and Cook Group), without you Makevention could not happen. Also, thanks to all of our exhibitors who participated, everyone had a great time because of you. Last but not least, thanks to the Monroe Convention Center.

See everyone again next year!

Bloominglabs Fundraiser

Bloominglabs (co-host of Makevention) has to move! For the past 3 years we’ve enjoyed our current location which is on the future site of the Switchyard Park. The city is ready to begin making progress on the park which means we’ve received an eviction notice. Thankfully we have found a new location, but now we need to raise funds to support our relocation. We are fundraising for our future home and hope to use Makevention to help. Please see our GoFundMe for more details. Thanks!

Makevention 2015: Wrapup

In 2015 we sparred with the Shire of Mynydd Seren from the Society for Creative Anachronisms, explored the myriad of projects from Bloominglabs, learned about locks from the Fraternal Order of Lockpicking Sport and Columbus Key, built (and destroyed!) cup towers with Wonderlab, checked out hand-made guitars with Ivy Tech, solved mechanical puzzles with the Lilly Library, cut out jigsaw puzzles with Press Puzzles, interacted with larger than life-sized puppets from Hamster Press/Klingel-Engle, rode a virtual roller coaster with the IU Tech Showcase, stacked containers with the Quadrangles FIRST Robotics Team, drooled over the MakerMobile with Velocity Indiana and the TechShop, built rain barrels with ShareBloomington, sewed LEDs into textiles with IU Creativity Labs, folded gigantic origami figures with Discardia, browsed hand-made items from Comfort and Joy and Patricia’s Wellness Arts Cafe, created videos with Level Up and the Monroe County Public Library, mixed additives into soap with Soapy Soap Company, watched the LEGO Rube Goldberg contraption from It’s a Block Party and much, much more.

Makevention 2016 is August 27 in the Bloomington Convention Center. So if you’re doing it yourself, come do it with us at Makevention!

Meet the Makers: Cogbots

Cogbots are the Gearologists. They build gears so that other makers can build the functional kinetic machines and gizmos they dream of. From standard gear bricks and kits to custom designs, Cogbots helps makers all over the globe. This year they will also be sharing their new invention, GearLab Jr with the Makevention attendees.

Meet the Makers: LizzyPoptronics

LizzyPoptronics consists oftwo ladies, Liz and Poppe, who are recent graduates of the IU Human Computer Interaction design program. They make interactive LED fashion electronic accessories and jewelry. Their goal is to enhance your already awesome time without being disruptive. They’re currently in the prototype and launch stages and hope to have production models to buy within the year. Follow them on social media or check for blog posts to get updates.

Meet the Makers: Bloomington High School South FIRST Robotics Team

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a worldwide competitions of life size robots build by high school students. Team 3494 the Quadrangles from Bloomington High School South will be demoing their 2013 robot “Thumper” as it shoots, catches and manipulates a 25″ inflated ball. Students will provided detailed discussion of the robots function and answer any questions about the organization, robot or other outreach efforts.