Rewiring the System

Makers Faire, May 21-22

Posted in Uncategorized by rewiringangel on May 13, 2011
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But most of all, relax: You’re at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, the world’s preeminent DIY festival.

I had posted some short scribble on my Facebook page yesterday and the comments I received were just dripping with jealousness. I knew at that moment I had to send this out to my general readers.

I went last year. It was wonderful.  But,  oh you Guys, this event is fantastic! This year is better than last year cause so many Big Name Makers are coming. It might be the last one that is manageable cause it is so good. Makers Faire may just turn into a super star event attracting the most innovative minds all poised  to give people the tools to save mankind.  Building creative useful and frivolous things is magic. I imagine the big lincoln town car being fully electrical with an iron ion battery, which is not in production yet, driving us in style with 70 MPG!

I am really looking forward to the Long Now 10,00o cycle clock. Thinking about material movement and life itself in section of time 10,00o years at a pop is mind stretching.

Maker Faire runs May 21-22 at the San Mateo County Event Center, hosting well over 600 crafters, makers, engineers, vendors, and artists who come from all over the world to take part in this singular event. “Each year, it’s amazing to see how many new Makers there are,” says Maker Faire general manager, Sherry Huss. “The returning Makers love to challenge themselves by bringing new projects, so there are always so many great new things for everyone.”

New this year is a wind-powered vehicle that travels faster than the wind; a robotic ball, the Sphero, that you control from your smartphone; the De-Car, or Driverless Errand Car, destined to pick up groceries of the future; and Socialbotics, DIY robots you control from your Facebook page. The UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle team will also be on hand to race their sun-powered cars and the Because We Can collective shows visitors how to build secret doors into public spaces. Towering above it all is artist Zachary Coffin’s aptly named “Colossus,” a 70-foot-tall moving sculpture composed of stone and steel and only ever before seen at Burning Man.

Sponsors are an integral part of Maker Faire, and our newest sponsor Autodesk will engage, inspire, and educate attendees this year and help more people participate in the world of design. A leader in 3D design software, Autodesk will showcase its software at Maker Faire in a way that’s accessible and fun, helping to unlock the creativity in everyone.

I like to pack a picnic basket of really special delicacies to support my health and energy. The food is more of a carnival sort of fried  this and spun that. But there are stands to purchase eatables should you choose not to bring your own.

Produced by MAKE Magazine and O’Reilly Media, Maker Faire is part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, part county fair and 100 percent unique.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 6pm. $5-$25; 3 and under are free. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes:


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