Bloominglabs Makevention on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at Switchyard Park Pavilion

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BLOOMINGTON, IN – August 1, 2023

Indiana’s premier hackerspace, Bloominglabs, is excited to announce the return of Makevention, the annual DIY and maker convention celebrating its tenth year. This eagerly awaited community event is set to occur on Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 10 AM to 4 PM at a brand new location for the event – Bloomington’s Switchyard Park Pavilion.

Makevention has become a cornerstone of Bloomington’s dynamic maker community. The event embodies the spirit of creativity, innovation, and collaboration, providing a platform for artisans, crafters, engineers, and inventors from across the Midwest to exhibit their unique DIY projects.

“We look forward to hosting Makevention this year at Switchyard Park celebrating the wealth of talent and innovation within our community,” stated Jeannette Lehr, Makevention Lead Organizer. “This event offers an incredible opportunity for all age groups to experience hands-on learning, engage in constructive dialogue, and interact with local artisans and makers.”

This year’s Makevention is sponsored by Cook Medical, the City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, Wonderlab, Dimension Mill, Tom Cherry Muffler, IU’s Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, and IU’s Center of Excellence for Women & Technology. The event will showcase a wide range of exhibits including interactive displays, maker demos, and wares for sale spanning various disciplines such as robotics, blacksmithing, electronics, woodworking, ceramics, and 3D printing. Dedicated activities for children will also be included in the event, replete with hands-on activities designed to spark curiosity and foster a love for making.

Makevention is a great way for community organizations, clubs, schools, Indiana University, and local businesses to collaborate with a growing community of excited, motivated, and creative people. This event  is a visible point of outreach that regularly draws exhibitors and attendees from outside Monroe County, including Goshen, Terre Haute, Louisville, and Indianapolis.

While admission is free of charge, donations to support the event and Bloominglabs’ continuous community outreach are warmly welcomed. A suggested donation of $5 will be welcomed at the door where participants can grab a bingo card or child’s activity board to make the event even more interactive. 

“We invite everyone, regardless of their skill level, to join us at Makevention,” added Lehr. “Spend the day discovering, learning, and drawing inspiration from the incredible work of our maker community.”

For more information about Makevention 2023, please visit To learn more about Bloominglabs, visit You can also follow both Makevention and Bloominglabs on social media for regular updates. Updates and posts about the event will be posted regularly on Makevention’s Facebook page. 

About Bloominglabs

Bloominglabs is Bloomington’s first hackerspace, a community workspace where people with shared interests can meet, socialize, and collaborate. They offer a communal space for learning about science and technology, host workshops for the community, and foster an environment where creativity flourishes.

About Makevention

Makevention is an annual DIY and maker convention in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s a celebration of the maker movement, a cultural trend that values an individual’s ability to design, build, and innovate with their own two hands. Makevention unites makers from various walks of life to exhibit their skills and share their knowledge with the community. For questions and other inquiries about Makevention, folks can email [email protected].

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