Over the weekend of May 21st, I attended the 2011 Maker Faire in San Mateo as a part of the Molnari group who was invited to exhibit and present. Molnari the developer of a gyrocycle, a flying motorcycle. ” Maker Faire is an event created by Make Magazine to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset”(Wikipedia). Maker Faire is family friendly but has something that appeals to almost every age and demographic.
Whether you make things, appreciate DIY culture, or seeker of inspiration & innovation, you (and the kids) will probably enjoy Maker Faire.
Maker Faire (San Mateo) brought together a wide variety of communities included Burners, hackers, urban farmers, artists, techies, and many others which I found refreshing. I would love to see more people including but not limited to students, teachers, politicians, business leaders, and parents experience Maker Faire if only for the inspirational the factor alone.
Some exhibitors who caught my eye include the following:
- Wood bicycle
- Solar Charger
- Pre-Activated Shitake Mushroom Farm
- Artist, Carl Burmeister
- SparkFun Electronics, SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible.
- Tcho Chocolate
- Bugs Under Glass, ” business that specializes in hand-crafted eco-friendly insect displays, framed butterflies, butterfly wing jewelry and a unique style of natural history art.”
- Wondermark, original comic and website
- Shapeways, upload your designs to make your own products
- TwentySevenGears.com, Artist site for Benjamin Cowden
- Pacific Pinball Museum
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