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White House Science Fair praises future scientists and makers

By Alex Howard
April 29, 2013

There are few ways to better judge a nation’s character than to look at how its children are educated. What values do their parents, teachers and mentors demonstrate? What accomplishments are celebrated? In a world where championship sports teams are …

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing
By Alex Howard
November 4, 2011

Dale Dougherty, one of the co-founders of O'Reilly Media, was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work on "MAKE" Magazine, MakerFaire and the broader DIY movement.

Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot

Jason Huggins' Angry Birds-playing Selenium robot
By Timothy M. O'Brien
October 20, 2011

If you try to talk to Jason Huggins about Selenium, he'll probably do to you what he did to us. He'll bring his Arduino-based Angry Birds-playing testing robot to your interview and then he'll relate his invention to the larger problems of mobile application testing and cloud-based testing infrastructure.

High voltage music: Behind the scenes with ArcAttack

High voltage music: Behind the scenes with ArcAttack
By James Turner
September 27, 2011

ArcAttack creates a maniacal combination of music and mad science that uses half-million-volt Tesla coils to play songs. We caught up with Steve Ward, a recent addition to the ArcAttack crew, at MakerFaire NY and asked him about the technology behind the show.

Maker Faire Detroit this weekend

Maker Faire Detroit this weekend
By Dale Dougherty
July 29, 2011

In our second Detroit Maker Faire we're able to see all kinds of examples of how makers have become resources for the community, contributing in Detroit and the region.

Tinkering with technology education

Tinkering with technology education
By Marie Bjerede
June 6, 2011

The maker movement offers an appealing invitation to technology for a broad audience that includes both women and men, seniors and children, technologists and artists.

2 makers, 2 robots, 2 visions

2 makers, 2 robots, 2 visions
By James Turner
May 6, 2011

In advance of the upcoming Maker Faire Bay Area, here's a look at two vastly different robotics projects: one aims to change the world while the other wants to roll around (and inspire some healthy creativity).

Four Short Links: 16 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 16, 2011

JS Fiddle -- an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The code can then be shared with others, embedded on a blog, etc. (via Darren Wood) SideStep -- Mac OS X program that automatically routes connections through a secure proxy when you're on an unsecured wifi network. (via Gina Trapani) Junkyard Jumbotron (MIT) -- lets...

Innovation, education and Makers

By Dale Dougherty
October 4, 2010

During a recent workshop, Thomas Kalil of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy explored the impact of the DIY mindset on education and industry. The full text of Kalil's talk is included in this post.

A World's Faire for Makers

A World's Faire for Makers
By Dale Dougherty
September 24, 2010

The first Maker Faire on the east coast takes place this weekend on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the site of the 1964 World's Fair. Here's a preview of talks, events, and performances.

It's a time-sharing world

By Dale Dougherty
September 22, 2010

Why own when sharing will do? In this interview, "The Mesh" author Lisa Gansky discusses the rise of sharing goods and services and how companies are adapting.

Detroit Can Do Camp - July 29

By Dale Dougherty
July 21, 2010

As part of the week leading up to Maker Faire Detroit, we have organized Can Do Camp for Thursday, July 29 at Eastern Market in Detroit. Can Do Camp is an informal day for makers to meet each other and explore the DIY mindset. This mindset is a powerful and positive force for building hands-on communites as well as fostering...

Pattern Recognition: Makers, Marketplaces and the Commons

By Mark Sigal
June 16, 2009

Finally, having a chance to decompress following his Maker Faire visit, Mark Sigal ruminates on what Maker Faire's 78K attendees means, concluding that it's all about creative destruction, mass customization and the rise of DIY (do it yourself) class.

DIY Projects from the Greater Bay Area

DIY Projects from the Greater Bay Area
By Mary Rotman
May 27, 2009

We've been receiving all sorts of photos of your DIY projects for the past few days in response to the contest to win 2 weekend passes to Maker Faire. We will include all of the entries in this blogpost as they are submitted. We'll be accepting entries through the end of today, May 27th, so keep sending those pictures in for your chance to win!

County of San Mateo Declares May 30th & 31st Maker's Weekend - Send Us a Photo for a Chance to Win 2 Weekend Passes

County of San Mateo Declares May 30th & 31st Maker's Weekend - Send Us a Photo for a Chance to Win 2 Weekend Passes
By Mary Rotman
May 23, 2009

As this year's Maker Faire gets ready to launch, San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom has declared May 30th & 31st "Maker's Weekend". Keep reading for more information on this official declaration as well as how to win 2 adult weekend passes to this year's Maker Faire.

O'Reilly Week in Review for May 4th, 2009

O'Reilly Week in Review for May 4th, 2009
By James Turner
May 6, 2009

This week, we talk to Tim O'Reilly about how Twitter has dealt with the Swine Flu panic, Make publisher Dale Dougherty about the new interest in the Maker culture, and our usual podcast quiz question....

Getting Ready for the Big Event

Getting Ready for the Big Event
By Mary Rotman
October 17, 2008

Tomorrow's the big day for you guys--opening day of Maker Faire Austin! Which means today is the big day for all of us -- setting up booths, building tables, hanging signs, and watching everything take shape so you can have the best experience possible. Check out O'Reilly's User Group Flickr account for more pictures as the weekend's events continue.

The Talk Around the Water Cooler

The Talk Around the Water Cooler
By Mary Rotman
October 15, 2008

Our office is buzzing with excitement as people pack up and head out to Maker Faire Austin. It's a weekend packed with adventure and surprises -- until you've experienced it you can't describe it -- and even then sometimes it's hard! From crafts to fire to demos and robots, there's something for everyone

Maker Faire Earns a Coveted American Magazine Vanguard Award

Maker Faire Earns a Coveted American Magazine Vanguard Award
By Sara Peyton
October 7, 2008

The first American Magazine Vanguard Awards recognizes magazines that are innovating, extending their brands, and finding new exciting ways to connect with their customers. And O'Reilly Media's Make snared an AMVA award because of the creation of Maker Faire, which celebrates DIYers and crafters of every persuasion. "Considering that some of the greatest leaps forward in American technological history have been scrappy homebrews (Apple Computer was a literal garage start-up), it's really kind of exciting to think that, given its explosive growth, the Maker Faire might well help along an invention or two that's truly important," writes Simon Dumenco. Read on to find out more about Maker Faire Austin, which opens Oct. 18.

Maker Faire Austin is Coming this Fall

By O'Reilly Media
September 12, 2008

Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things. Happening October 18th and 19th at the Travis County Event Center and Fairground. Tickets for sale now at: makerfairetickets.com

Want to Show Your Stuff at MakerFaire: Austin?

By Mary Rotman
June 25, 2008

Here's your chance. MakerFaire is holding auditions for potential exhibitors, crafters, and inventors from the area.

Maker Faire mimesis and open speculation

By Andy Oram
May 4, 2008

Maker Faire is a string-and-duct-tape combination of O'Reilly's, Emerging Technology, Open Source, and Money:Tech conferences. The ultimate impact, like the free software movement, is to enhance everyone's mastery of their environments and both the tools and the confidence for solve one's own problems. This process--which reflects the way most of the great scientists became their mature selves--can not only increase the number of scientists and engineers, but alter the kinds of scientists and engineers they are. To anyone who's attended Maker Faire, seen what it does for children, and felt its effects on oneself, there's really nothing more to say.


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