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The Maker Movement: In Motion


Maker Movement | The Grommet

This maker movement puts power in the hands of the people to fund, design, prototype, produce, manufacture, distribute, market and sell their own goods. - Jeremiah Owyang

If you're a Maker, or aspire to be one, today is a great day to be you. What exactly is a Maker, you ask? Am I a Maker because I love to spend my weekends fixing up my old car? Or, am I a Maker because I spend my Sunday afternoons with a paintbrush in hand? The answer is that anyone can become a Maker regardless of whether you work in tech, design or another field and whether it's a hobby or a full-fledged business. Here at The Grommet, we view all the wonderful product creators as Makers. Our Co-Founder and CEO, Jules Pieri views creators and Makers as one in the same. "If it’s coming from a person, not an institution, they’re a Maker," says Jules.

The good news is that if you've always had an itch to create, it’s easier than ever to make things. This is much of why The Grommet exists and is thriving with a strong supply of worthy products in our pipeline. Twenty years ago, there wouldn’t have been the opportunity for people to make consumer products the way they can today, it was expensive and difficult. Innovation was once sprung by big brands, but they're no longer the only players. Today, thanks to the Maker Movement, the real innovation is happening in our garages and basements. People are creating new products with laser cutters and making prototypes with 3D printers.

This movement is so big, that on June 18th, 2014, the White House held their very first Maker Faire to celebrate these Makers. Our fearless leaders, Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi attended to represent The Grommet's role in this movement. You can watch a video on our day at the White House here.

What does all of this mean for our world?

The Maker Movement is shaping the future of: 

  • Consumer Products
  • U.S. Manufacturing
  • Product Innovation
  • Main Street Retail
  • Our Economy

Did you know that?

  • The Maker Movement contributes to the 28M small businesses in the U.S. and these businesses create 2 out of every 3 new jobs in our country (Martha Stewart, USA Today Oct, 2013)
  • The 3d printing market is projected to be worth $8B by the year 2020 (MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013)
  • The World is expected to crowdfund 5.1 B in 2013 (Forbes, April 2013)
  • There are 200+ hackerspaces across the U.S. (New York Times, May 2013)

The Maker Movement is not a new trend, nor is it a passing one. It's gaining momentum every day and we are energized by the Makers we work with who are forging the way.


UPDATE See our infographic: The Maker Movement: Our Future Economy


  • Ernest Says:

    Hello! Amy,
    I am not a U.S. citizen and do not reside in the USA at the moment. (I did a few years ago.)
    I am a big fan of The Grommet and have been following the products and the philosophy of the company.In the process I became enthusiastic and was influenced by The Grommet to think about some products which I think could very well fit in the gallery of Grommets.
    I am haitian born, older than 65 and living in the Dominican Republic with part of my family.
    I need to know if I qualify to submit ideas, what I specifically need to submit and will I have an equal chance to launch a or more of my ideas through The Grommet network
    I am very much encouraged by the movement The Grommet created and would appreciate a reply to my request.
    Truthfully your's

  • Tori Says:

    Hi Ernest, thanks for your comment. I encourage you to submit your product for consideration <a href="//www.thegrommet.com/citizens-gallery/partner/new/ ">here</a>.

    You will also want to visit our partner page to learn more about how we work <a href="//www.thegrommet.com/become-grommet">here</a>.

  • Jake Harrison Says:

    We have a product that we will be introducing late this year that will revolutionize the industry that it is a part of; and indeed has already been plagiarized. What are your procedures for accomplishing this with your organization.

  • George Kertz Says:

    What protection does a person submitting an idea to The Grommet against that idea being stolen?

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