Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 - Tips and Tools for Planning Your Event May 18 & May 19
SEBASTOPOL, CA, May 08, 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 is geared up for
another spectacular showing of ideas, energy, creativity, and fun
that will excite and inspire attendees about the world of making.
This year's event will proudly deliver to attendees over 900 maker
exhibits; 12 stages throughout the fairgrounds with over 300
presentations (not including musical performances), giving access to
the thought leaders and top innovators from the maker movement;
awe-inspiring attractions; delectable treats from a large variety of
food makers; and much more.
Faire goers can make their plans for visiting the event using the
Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 Web Site:
-- Meet the Makers: A list of makers exhibiting at the event, searchable
by name and topic, is available here:
-- Schedules and Speakers: Twelve stages throughout Maker Faire will
showcase experts of the maker movement as well as offer demos of the
latest innovations and products. The schedule for each stage,
including a list of who is presenting, can be found here:
-- Alternative Transportation: Attendees can find all available
alternative transportation options for getting to Maker Faire here:
Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 Smartphone App: The app can be downloaded at
http://app.net/makerfaire for both iPhones and Android phones. The
app will give attendees the ability to search for makers and locate
on them on a map of the venue as well as view all schedules for
presenters, demos, performances, and special attractions.
Attendees will also want to add to their Maker Faire plans activities
from some of the event's sponsors. Autodesk, a Goldsmith Sponsor of
Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, is back at the event to share their
creative software developed just for makers and hobbyists to design
their ideas and take them from concept to reality. Autodesk Maker
Advocate, Jesse Harrington Au, says, "The hardest part of any project
is knowing where to start. Autodesk is at Maker Faire this year to
help. We'll be providing hands-on experiences with our creative
software -- 123D Catch, 123D Creature, 123D Design and SketchBook --
to help makers of all types discover just how easy it is to take
their design from the screen to real life. From high-end,
multi-material 3D prints to our brand new CNC tool to making
holograms, we can't wait to show attendees what's possible."
Zazzle, also a Goldsmith Sponsor, will be hosting 'Art, Meet
Science,' an activity where children and adults of all ages can get
creative. Local artists have made custom illustrations for Maker
Faire that Zazzle is creating into giant coloring books. With some
imagination and all sorts of creative supplies, attendees can make
the artwork uniquely their own. Zazzle, a marketplace where people
can buy and make anything customized from iPhone cases to shirts,
will be demonstrating their made-to-order services with some of their
San Francisco-based partners such as Rickshaw Bagsworks, DODOcase,
and Dawson Custom Workroom to showcase this amazing art on locally
Chevy will feature their plug-in, hybrid electric vehicle -- the
Chevy Volt -- in a special test drive area located in the South Lot.
Attendees eager to know what driving a hybrid electric car is like
will have their chance at a first-hand experience.
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, Toyota, Zazzle;
Silversmith: Atmel, Chevy, Cognizant, Esurance, Ford, NVIDIA, Roblox;
Coppersmith: 3D Robotics, ASUS, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, GeekDad,
Google, Lego Mindstorms, Motorola, ShopBot Tools, Sifteo Cubes,
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.
SOURCE: Maker Faire
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