Making Makers Takes a Village

Maker Community Building

Thursday, September 18, 3:30 pm to 4:10 pm in Viscusi Gallery
This panel takes the long view of the myriad ways making can be nurtured in communities. From libraries increasingly transforming their spaces into learning commons through the lens of a maker, to the growing number of individuals hosting Mini Maker Faires across the country, citizens across the globe discover the thrill of making through different institutions and programs in their cities and towns.  What’s more, this summer when the White House issued challenges to individuals, mayors and universities, all answered the call, pledging to provide access to tools, technology, and knowledge with a common agenda: to make more makers through exposure to maker culture, creative collaboration and project-based learning.


Sabrina Merlo

Program Director, Maker Faire
Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire's licensing program for locally and independently produced "Mini" Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.


Tim McNulty

Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University
Tim McNulty is Associate Vice President of Government Relations at Carnegie Mellon University.  In this role he supports Carnegie Mellon faculty by enhancing collaboration with federal, state and local government partners—with a particular focus on helping to leverage the University’s excellence in research and education to spark regional economic development.  He assisted in Carnegie Mellon’s participation in The White House Maker Faire, President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, the creation of the National Robotics Initiative and the development of America Makes.


Travis Good

Co-chair, MakerCon
Travis Good focuses on the transformative potential of the maker movement in schools, libraries, science museums, and civic government. He is a regular speaker at conferences, contributing editor to MAKE Magazine and is co-chair of both MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop and MakerCon. Recently he co-founded and produced San Diego’s first Maker Faire. In his maker journeys he has visited 28 start-up incubators, 95 makerspaces, and five fab labs while also chairing an incubator and co-founding Nova-Labs, a makerspace in Virginia. His broader agenda is available at In a prior life Travis served for seven years as Vice President of Technology and Operations at AOL Latin America, during which he led the launch, operation, and scaling of AOL services in to five countries. Before that he held a variety of management positions at AOL, including Vice President of AOL International Business Development, Director of Client Software Product Marketing, and Director of Global Network Navigator. He led product management for AOL’s front-end software products and supervised three major upgrades in functionality as AOL expanded from 3 million to 25 million subscribers. He was instrumental in the broad roll-out of AOL’s initial Internet access and content directory service called Global Network Navigator (GNN), which was a precursor to large consumer portal and search sites, such as Yahoo and Google. Prior to this he served in sales and management positions at GE Information Services and was founding General Manager of its operations in Mexico. And once upon a time he was with Citicorp for four years specializing in international finance. Travis earned an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a BS in Industrial Engineering and a BS in Finance from Oregon State University. However, education never stops and he continues to pursue learning through projects of interest where he works to make significant contributions.