Across the country today, artists and artisans, designers and engineers, students and masters are coming together in the name of innovation.
By official presidential decree, today has been dubbed the National Day of Making – a day designated by President Obama to celebrate what he calls the "path of discovery, experimentation, and innovation that has been the hallmark not only of human progress, but also of our Nation's progress."
To this end, Obama is currently hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire, and is inviting every maker – "from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing" – to share their creations, ideas and passion for innovation.
This is perfect.
We like to call ourselves a nation of innovators, a nation founded on creativity and action – a nation, as Obama noted, of makers.
But that ingenuity is too often hidden in factories and labs; it’s too often forgotten in the rush to produce, too often lost in translation between development and the market.
Our factories are chock full of innovation, of makers tinkering at machines, rethinking processes, disrupting systems and changing the world. Manufacturing is king of innovation, king of hacks and solutions. Manufacturing – though buried under decades of bad press – remains the king of the maker movement.
Today is the day to show the world.
Making isn't just our heritage, it isn't just for hipsters and kids. Making is manufacturing. Innovation is what we do.
The White House has invited all makers to post your creations, your industrial hacks and engineering wonders on Twitter using the hashtag #NationOfMakers.
Let's make sure manufacturers have a strong presence in the feed today so we can show the world what manufacturing is really about.
"'If you can imagine it, then you can do it' ... That's a pretty good motto for America." —President Obama #NationOfMakers— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 18, 2014