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Mark Mathias, The Maker Faire, President Obama And Joey Marshmallow

Last week, the White House announced they’ll hold a Maker Faire. Events are coming soon, but the press release pointed to the creative possibilities exemplified by Joey Hudy. He’s the 16-year-old who sat in the first lady’s box at this year’s State of the Union address.

President Obama had met him 2 year before. He wowed the commander-in-chief by using a homemade cannon to send a marshmallow flying across the State Dining Room. Joey handed the president a card reading “Don’t be bored, make something,” which helped drive the creation of the first-ever White House Maker Faire. (Obama also shot the cannon.)

To Mark Mathias, that’s old news.

The founder of Westport’s Maker Faire, he met Joey a year before Obama did. It was at the World Maker Faire, and Mathias recorded a short interview with him:

Westport’s 3rd annual Maker Faire is set for Saturday, April 26. Over 4,500 people are expected to attend. To show off your talents — as a marshmallow-cannon builder, or anything else — click here.