“I hope to get control of the assets in a new organization, which might be a nonprofit,” Dougherty said in an email Saturday.
TechCrunch reported the news earlier, and Dougherty told the publication that though the fair and Maker Media’s DIY content remain popular, the financial end of things hasn’t panned out. “It works for people but it doesn’t necessarily work as a business,” he told TechCrunch.
Dougherty told the site that some of Maker Media’s biggest successes have been in education so shifting to a nonprofit model might make sense. He also said he wants to keep Make’s online archive alive and continue letting third parties license the Maker Faire name for affiliated events.
“We’re not necessarily going to do everything we did in the past, but I’m committed to keeping the print magazine going and the Maker Faire licensing program,” Dougherty told TechCrunch.
The fair, which kicked off in 2006 in San Mateo, California, and has since cropped up in nearly 50 countries worldwide, billed itself as a “family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity that gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students and commercial exhibitors.” The magazine, which began a year earlier, catered to a similar do-it-yourself-minded crowd, with tutorials and other features.
In 2017, the various fairs attracted more than 1.5 million people, according to the Make website.