May 11, 2007
Maker Faire 2007: 400 Makers, 40,000 Attendees, 200,000 Square Feet of DIY Mayhem
"You ain't seen nuthin' yet…"-Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Sebastopol--The 2nd Annual Bay Area Maker Faire (May 19 & 20) at the
San Mateo Fairgrounds in northern California is just 10 days away, and
this year's event is shaping up to be even better than last year's
award-winning DIY fiesta! This year's event will have twice as many
Makers (400), twice as many fans (40,000 anticipated), and twice the
terrain (200,000 square feet).
Just a few of this year's incredible highlights:
The Kitchen of the Future--Unlike the retro-futuristic unkept promise
of the 50's, this kitchen is musical--a collection of circuit-bent,
MIDI-ready appliances such as a toaster and blender. This debuted in
Toronto last year, and for the finale the blender triggered sound
samples from the song "Tequila" while blending frozen margaritas...
Project Pimento--There's only one theremin lounge band and we've got
them at Maker Faire. Project: Pimento will launch with a half-hour set
and then play several short sets throughout the afternoon. Other great
bands will play throughout the day outdoors on the main stage.
Moonshine Powered Motors--David Blume shows how to produce your own
alcohol auto fuel from ground corn and enzymes, and how to convert your
car to run on it. Blume is the author of Alcohol Can Be a Gas.
The Woz--Steve Wozniak, inventor of the Apple computer will be
interviewed Saturday on our main stage.
Swap-O-Rama-Rama Fashion Show--Participants can donate a bag of old
clothes--and then work with a team of celebrated designers to make new
clothes! This year's Swap will take place on May 19th (11am to 5pm) and
May 20th (11am to 4pm) with a recycled fashion show happening at 5pm on
Saturday May 19th.
Other incredible highlights include:
The "King of Fling" catapult competition, The Puppy Mover Monorail,
Survival Research Labs (SRL), Five Foot Russian Submarine, Junkyard Jet,
Bazaar Bizarre, Silicon Death Valley, RoboGames' Combat Robots, Power
Tool Drag Races, Life-size Mousetrap, Walking Robotic Chariot, Build
Your Own Blinkybug, The Electric Giraffe, The Disgusting Spectacle,
Tomato-basket Dragons and Whales, Internet Crane Game, The Art of Motion
Control, Model Rocket Video Camera, Chris Benton's Kite Aerial
Photography, Electric Supercars, Roobma Hacking, Winners of the Most
Spectacular Failures contest, and acres more.
Established by the tech-loving creators of the gloriously irreverent
Make (http://www.makezine.com) and Craft (http://www.craftzine.com)
magazines, Maker Faire is a family-friendly, hands-on event where
hundreds of backyard inventors gather to share their fun projects,
creative ideas and eye-popping creations. This resurgence of grassroots
invention has been celebrated everywhere from Rolling Stone to The Wall
Street Journal, but nowhere is it more visible than at Maker Faire.
"They're enthusiasts and hobbyists," said Dale Dougherty, Editor and
Publisher of Make magazine, explaining the magazine's following. "People
are doing something they love, and they love talking about it.It's one
thing to do a project. But the real satisfaction is to share it with
other people. That's what Maker Faire is all about."
Sponsors for this year's event include: Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google,
Adobe, Carlo Rossi, Chronicle Books, Lion Brand Yarn, Sun, ShopBot,
TechShop and Texterity.
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