More than 600 people turned out to celebrate Burlington Generator’s first anniversary. Opening March 29, 2014, the Generator has grown over the last 12 months from a handful of makers, artists, educators and community leaders into a vibrant community of nearly 140 makers of all backgrounds – jewelers, industrial designers, microelectronics enthusiasts, game designers, artisans and many, many more.
The celebrations began at 4PM and continued until 8PM with everything from nitrogen-frozen ice cream to brushbots, a cardboard pinball arcade to silk screening. Revelers were kept aloft by ample barbecue from Bluebird Tavern and a cash bar served up by ArtsRiot. Burlington’s Rec A provided beats and a live video art feed. Generator studio members were on hand to demo their technologies, products and more.
At 6PM Generator Board Chair Michael Metz welcomed maker-celebrants and introduced Burlington’s own Mayor Weinberger who shared a few words about the cultural and economic importance of maker spaces and the valuable partnership between the city and Generator. Partnering event sponsors from UVM (VP for Research Dr Richard Galbraith and Provost David Rosowsky), Champlain College (Makerlab founder Ken Howell and college President Don Laackman) and Burlington City Arts (Executive Director Doreen Kraft) spoke to the power of collaboration to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Burlington and the opportunity to expand this work in the future.
Formal remarks concluded with words of thanks by Generator’s director followed by the entry of 375 cupcakes arranged into an image of Generator’s logo. Volunteers-in-chief’s Jeme Brelin and Brook Martin led the assembly in a rousing course of “Happy Birthday” as Generator member Ian Ray piloted a nanodrone into position above a single lighted candle and expertly snuffed it out.
A perfect cap to a great celebration – a huge Thank You to everyone who made it possible!