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Lots of pictures, videos and other info on the page for everyone. Enjoy :-)

What is the Maker Movement?


What exactly is a Maker, you ask? Am I a Maker because I love to spend my weekends fixing up my old car? Or, am I a Maker because I spend my Sunday afternoons with a paintbrush in hand? The answer is that anyone can become a Maker regardless of whether you work in tech, design or another field and whether it’s a hobby or a full-fledged business. Here at The Grommet, we view all the wonderful product creators as Makers. Our Co-Founder and CEO, Jules Pieri views creators and Makers as one in the same. “If it’s coming from a person, not an institution, they’re a Maker,” says Jules.

The good news is that if you’ve always had an itch to create, it’s easier than ever to make things. This is much of why The Grommet exists and is thriving with a strong supply of worthy products in our pipeline. Twenty years ago, there wouldn’t have been the opportunity for people to make consumer products the way they can today, it was expensive and difficult. Innovation was once sprung by big brands, but they’re no longer the only players. Today, thanks to the Maker Movement, the real innovation is happening in our garages and basements. People are creating new products with laser cutters and making prototypes with 3D printers.

This movement is so big, that on June 18th, 2014, the White House held their very first Maker Faire to celebrate these Makers. Our fearless leaders, Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi attended to represent The Grommet’s role in this movement. You can watch a video on our day at the White House here.

What does all of this mean for our world?

The Maker Movement is shaping the future of: 

  • Consumer Products
  • U.S. Manufacturing
  • Product Innovation
  • Main Street Retail
  • Our Economy

Did you know that?

  • The Maker Movement contributes to the 28M small businesses in the U.S. and these businesses create 2 out of every 3 new jobs in our country (Martha Stewart, USA Today Oct, 2013)
  • The 3d printing market is projected to be worth $8B by the year 2020 (MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013)
  • The World is expected to crowdfund 5.1 B in 2013 (Forbes, April 2013)
  • There are 200+ hackerspaces across the U.S. (New York Times, May 2013)

The Maker Movement is not a new trend, nor is it a passing one. It’s gaining momentum every day and we are energized by the Makers we work with who are forging the way.

Maker Movement Infographic

FCPS Schools Created a Great Video of the Faire!

Check out the video created by FCPS staff member Donny Haller. Digital Media Production, DIT, FCPS). Really great overview of everything going on last month. It really was an amazing gathering of talent and art and science. Can’t wait for next year!

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Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors who enabled us to put on this amazing event!

Master Makers

Innovation Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia


Holland and Knight
NoVa Labs

Master Makers – Services

Fairfax Connector
International Spy Museum
Two Sisters Creative

Craftsman – Services

Activity Rocket

Apprentice – Services

Amazing Race Timing
Small Batch Assembly

More Mini Maker Faire


If you missed out on our Mini Maker Faire, or you just want more, then visit the Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 5, 2014, hosted by GreenSTEMs Inc. and the Club125Makerspace of Greenbelt MD

Call for Makers is still open. 

More Photos and Movies…


Check our Facebook page for more photos and movies from yesterday’s event


Yesterday’s Maker Faire in Time-Lapse!

Tickets are still available at the door!

Tickets are still available at the door.
So come on out today from 11am till 4pm!

Bike or walk to the school.

But if you drive, remember to park at the Herndon Monroe Bus Station and ride the free bus to the Faire. No parking is available at the Faire except for event staff and handicap patrons.

Live Streaming the Planning for the Maker Faire

Live Stream: The brain trust is finalizing all the details for this weekend’s event!

Featured Maker: High Power Rocketry Team at Thomas Jefferson HSST




High school students from Thomas Jefferson HSST are working to eject an unmanned aerial vehicle from their high power rocket. The students are also doing research with reconnaissance and will be putting a video recorder and a live camera on their unmanned aerial vehicle. This is a continuation of the project students began last year through the NASA Student Launch Initiative.

Please feel free to try out the stomp rockets at our booth!