Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 Speaker Line Up to Feature Innovators, Thought Leaders, Artisans, and Young Makers
SEBASTOPOL, CA, Apr 25, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, to be held on
May 18 and 19 at the San Mateo County Event Center, will deliver a
weekend full of opportunities to learn and be inspired by some of the
leading movers and makers of the maker movement. Whether attendees
want to get insights from experts in the field of 3D printing and
microcontrollers, updates from "founding fathers" of computing and
gaming, or are interested in hearing how the maker mindset impacts
education and the classroom, there will be an abundance of
presentations, sessions, and hands-on forums to take their maker
needs to the next level.
"We have organized a program that includes some of the most
influential leaders as well as new innovators -- from Nobel Prize
laureates to inspired young makers -- that are making significant
impacts on the maker movement," said Dale Dougherty, president and
CEO, of Maker Media. "I'm personally just delighted at the many
opportunities our attendees will have to learn and make at the
The Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 program consists of speakers and
interviews across ten stages on both May 18 and May 19. From
well-known thought leaders on the Center Stage, to panels on emerging
trends on the Make: Live stage, to how-to workshops on Arduino and
RaspberryPi on the Circuit Board stage, to hands-on homesteader
skills at the HOMEGROWN Village Workshop, Maker Faire is ready to
engage both the minds and hands of attendees.
Highlights of this year's Center Stage presentation program include:
Saturday, May 18:
11:00 am: Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co. and San
Francisco-based entrepreneur, will speak about "Making for a Living."
Morin will share how she found her passion for making and combined
tech and creativity to turn it into a life-long career.
12:30 pm: Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, will present on
"CAD for Kids."
1:30 pm: Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project, will give
audiences an update via his talk, "The State of Arduino."
3:00 pm: Sean Riley, master rigger, engineering enthusiast, and star
of National Geographic Channel's "World's Toughest Fixes." Riley will
enlighten audiences on the invisible importance of heavy machinery
and the virtues of fixing.
3:30 pm: Eben Upton, creator of the revolutionary, low-cost
RaspberryPi computer. Upton will discuss the future of RaspberryPi
and its charitable mission to engage children in making.
4:00 pm: Jimmie DiResta, New York-based master maker, designer, and
artist. DiResta will discuss the details of producing his online
video series, "DIRESTA," and the unusual and compelling approach of
telling a how-to-make story with no words, only the moving image.
6:30 pm: Veronica Belmont, co-host of Revision3's popular technology
show, "Tekzilla." Belmont will host "DIY Consumer Tech!," a
panel/competition where three makers will show off their DIY versions
of popular consumer technology gadgets.
Sunday, May 19:
10:30 am: David Lang, maker, writer, and co-founder of OpenROV. A few
years ago, Lang had no experience making and now he's working on
underwater robots and running a small maker business. Attendees will
be inspired by his "Zero to Maker" story.
11:00 am: Adam Savage, industrial design and special effects
designer/fabricator and co-host of the Discovery Channel's series
"Myth Busters" and "Unchained Reaction." Savage will share with the
crowds his love of making and why we should all embrace the maker
mindset. (Location: Coke Zero & Mentos Stage, West Lot.)
11:30 am: Gregg Maryniak, chairman of the X Prize Foundation.
Maryniak will share the history of the X PRIZE and how the original
Ansari X PRIZE challenged the world's top makers and innovators.
1:00 pm: Arno Penzias, Nobel Prize laureate in physics. Penzias will
explain the origin of the universe and how to tie a perfectly
symmetrical tie, which "nobody ever does."
1:30 pm: Chris Anderson, author, entrepreneur, and co-founder and CEO
of 3DRobotics, a drone manufacturing company. Anderson will speak
about "Farm Drones: Feed the World, Save the Environment, Try Very
Hard Not to Become Self-Aware."
2:00 pm: Dale Dougherty, president and CEO of Maker Media, interviews
Charles Hull, co-founder and CTO of 3D Systems. Dougherty and Hull
will discuss the origins of the 3D printing industry and Hull's
perspective on advanced research efforts in digital and additive
3:00 pm: Mark Setrakian, animatronics expert and chief roboticist of
Syfy network's "Robot Combat League." Setrakian will provide an
inside look at the tools, the materials, and the process of creating
twelve different 8-foot tall hydraulic fighting machines for this
popular television show.
3:30 pm: Dr. Dawn Wendell, engineer, maker, and assistant director of
admissions at MIT. Wendell will share advice on how to talk about
maker projects in the college admissions process in her talk, "When
Makers Apply to College."
In addition to the presentations on the various stages, leading the
hands-on learning opportunities at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 is the
Learn to Solder area hosted by returning Goldsmith Sponsor,
RadioShack Corporation. "RadioShack is thrilled to be back at the
event to meet young makers and teach them the basics of soldering.
The chance to connect with young makers who are excited about making
keeps bringing RadioShack back for more. We look forward to meeting
new makers, and seeing the many new innovations and inventions Maker
Faire has to offer. We invite all attendees to stop by RadioShack's
Learn to Solder area to check out the fun," Amy Shineman, director of
consumer and product marketing for RadioShack.
The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006
demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of
aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new
skills at the event. A record 165,000 people attended the two
flagship Maker Faires, in the Bay Area and New York, in 2012 with 44%
of attendees being first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New
York. A family event, the vast majority attend with children. In
2013, over 60 community-driven Mini Maker Faires are expected around
the world, including Tokyo and Rome. For more information about Maker
Faire, please visit http://www.makerfaire.com.
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area
2013 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, at the San Mateo County Event
Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm;
Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm; $10-$35; ages 3 and under are free.
www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes:
#MakerFaire 2013 Where People Show what they are Making
and Share what they are Learning May 18-19 in San Mateo, CA.
Maker Faire Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 sponsors include:
Goldsmith: Autodesk, Intel Corp., RadioShack, Zazzle; Silversmith:
Atmel, Chevy, Cognizant, Esurance, Ford, NVIDIA, Roblox; Coppersmith:
3D Robotics, ASUS, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, GeekDad, Google,
ShopBot Tools, Sifteo, SketchUp, TechShop, Vex Robotics.
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers
with each other, with products and services, and with our partners.
Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing
community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as
hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and
curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact
with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005,
followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker
Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education.
Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE
Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting
started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well
as in retail channels.
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