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We have two mailing lists setup, a committee list for those who wish to help put this event together and an announcement list for those who want to be notified of official details of the event. Please feel free to join in!


Letters of Support

  • Library
  • City
  • BTP
  • Wonderlab

Current Activities

  • Making signs/flyers for the event (Michael)
  • Recuit Volunteers (Barb)
  • Organize
    • Outside exhibitors
      • How do we attract people there? (signage?)
    • Textile booth
  • Fill out Facebook page
    • Need to get the IU/PTI and the City on the FB pages (you can get them from the website)
  • BloominglabsBooth


  • Convention Center - cost $2,150
    • Also use the parking lot across the B-Line and the parking lot across College
    • Also use the B-Line
    • Not available the weekend before classes start
  • Street in front of Wonderlab
    • Cost - could be free? The city has offered to close a street off for us
    • Electricity?


  • The winner is August 24th

Name Ideas

  • Makevention <- this is our winner!

Organizing Team

  • Jenett Tillotson, Bloominglabs, exhibitors and general chair, jtillots ]at[ cogbots ]dot[ com
  • Therese Miller, IU/PTI, sponsorships, millertm ]at[ iu ]dot[ com
  • Steve Backs, Monroe County Public Library, stiva ]at[ gmail ]dot[ com
  • Michael Hoerger, Monroe County Public Library , advertising and graphic design, michaelismichael ]at[ gmail ]dot[ com
  • Marc Cheetah, sponsors and general stuff, marc.j.cheetah ]at[ gmail ]dot[ com
  • Nathan Heald, Bloominglabs, registration and schwag, dosman ]at[ packetsniffers ]dot[ com
  • Barbara Hallock, volunteer coordinator, bahalloc ]at[ iu ]dot[ edu
  • Austin Toombs, Bloominglabs booth coordinator, austintoombs ]at[ googlemail ]dot[ com


  • Center for Sustainable Living
    • Bike Project
    • Discardia
  • LVL1, Hive13, Club Cyberia, Makerspace: Goshen
  • Wonderlab
  • Indiana Filmmakers Network
  • Bloomington Print Collective
  • Bloomington and IU Amateur Radio Clubs
  • Nicole Jacquard/IU's fab lab
  • Local FIRST robotics teams
  • Trained Eye Arts
  • Robot Drawing Collective
  • My Sister's Closet
  • EGBG's - a Bloomington glass blowing shop
  • Knitting club
  • Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Possible Events

  • Power Wheels Race
  • Circuit Bending
  • Frankenstein stuffed animals
  • Thursday night music event at the Bluebird
  • Open houses at local makers space in Bloomington on Friday night
    • Bloominglabs
    • Trained Eye Arts
    • Bloomington Print Collective
    • Ecovillage
  • Saturday night Par-Tay at Bloominglabs
  • Partnering with Hoosier to Hoosier event that is just a mile south down the B-Line


  • MCCSC - sent exhibitor flyer 5/17/2013
  • Hoosier Hills
  • Project School


Possible Sponsors

  • Hoosier Energy
  • Crane's STEM group
  • PTI
  • Local beer and wine making companies
    • Upland (Nathan & Jenett) - Tim Spears - 812-336-2337
      • Upland can't be involved with anything when there are kids there. :(
  • Cook (Therese & Jenett)
    • Steve has an engineering friend he is working with
  • Ivy Tech (Nathan & Jenett)
    • Entrepeneurship Institute - Steve Bryant
  • Bender (Nathan & Jenett) - Paul Bender - 812-339-9730 x210
    • Marc will help
  • Boston Scientific in Spencer
  • Cummins
  • Baxter
  • Herald Times (maybe in-kind advertising)
  • MCPL (in-kind graphic design)
  • Stansifers (Jenett)
  • Kleindorfers (Jenett)
  • Neff Engineering, a local 80/20 distributor
  • Lowes, Menards, Radio Shack (Nathan)
  • Bloomington Technology Partnership
    • Ron Walker (Steve)
    • Katy Birge - Steve has talked to her
  • SproutBox (Steve)
  • Mark Krenz/SUSO (Nathan)
  • Layne Hydro (Steve)
    • Vic's company


  • Mike McAfee, Executive Director, Visit Bloomington, mike ]at[ visitbloomington ]dot[ com
  • Laura Newton, Assistant Directory, Visit Bloomington, laura ]at[ visitbloomington ]dot[ com
  • Talisha Coppock, Executive Director, Convention Center, tcoppock ]at[ bloomingtonconvention ]dot[ com
  • Zoe Monts, Sales and Event Assistant, Convention Center, zoe ]at[ bloomingtonconvention ]dot[ com
  • Lauren Dexter, Event Coordinator, Convention Center, lauren ]at[ bloomingtonconvention ]dot[ com


  • $300 plus $35 to add the Convention Center as an insured.
  • Through M.J. Scheutz (Bloominglabs' insurance broker) and Cincinnati Insurance Company
  • Policy will be written August 1st (or sooner if the CC requires it)


  • $2200 for renting the Convention Center
  • $335 for insurance
  • Printing
    • Flyers and posters to put up around Bloomington
    • Yard signs
    • Banners for the event
    • Handouts/Program for the event
  • Advertising
    • HT ads when it gets closer to the event
    • Ads in the Ryder
      • Ryder has offered to do an article - contacted them 5/20/2013
    • Ads in the IDS???
    • Billboards around Bloomington
  • T-shirts for volunteers
  • 50 Makevention shirts to sell during event plus pre-sales orders and volunteer shirts / ordered 8-8
  • Other Schwag?

Registration handout / badges & schwag

  • 200 lanyards with badge clips / ordered 8-8
  • Wood gear laser-cut badges for $10, 100 to be made
  • 500 paper badges

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