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April 5, 2010

Maker Faire Celebrates Fifth Annual Bay Area Festival--"The Future is in Your Hands"

Sebastopol, CA, April 5th, 2010—Maker Faire, the World's premiere DIY (Do-It-Yourself) event, celebrates its 5th annual Bay Area festival on May 22nd and 23rd, 2010 at the San Mateo County Event Center.

What: Maker Faire Bay Area 2010
Produced by the folks who bring you MAKE Magazine, Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselves—from rockets and robots, to DIY science and technology, to sustainable foods and upcycled clothes.

More than 600 Makers are scheduled to share their inventions. The festival is expected to draw 95,000 attendees from across the state, the country, and beyond.

New this year at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010 will be the Raygun Gothic Rocketship, a kitschy, retro-futuristic 40-foot rocket that debuted this year at Burning Man. Also new this year: the Flaming Lotus Girls present Soma: a sculpture that translates the anatomy of neurons into metal, fire, and light, magnifying the microscopic world to epic scale; ArcAttack!, a truly 'electrifying' performance by the creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils; and The Orb, a spherical surface display that can project any image or video.

Other must-see Maker Faire attractions include: EepyBird showing off its Diet Coke and Mentos Mega Fountains; always a fan favorite, the Rube Goldberg-style Life-Size Mousetrap; Robotic Warship Combat in the battle pond; and lots of Tesla coils, robots, and rockets to wow the crowd.

When: Saturday, May 22nd—10AM-8PM
Sunday, May 23rd—10AM-6PM

Where: San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA

Tickets: Can be purchased online. And starting April 16th, tickets will be available at the following Whole Foods Market locations: San Mateo, Redwood City and Potrero Hill. For more ticket information, please visit:
http://www.makerfaire.com/bayarea/2010/tickets

Advance Purchase Price (through midnight 5/12/2010)
Adult—$20.00
Student (13 to 20)—$10.00
Youth (4 to 12)—$5.00
Kids (3 & under)—Free

Onsite
Adult—$25.00
Student (13 to 20)—$15.00
Youth (4 to 12)—$10.00
Kids (3 & under)—Free

Weekend passes are only available online or onsite at the full price. Special advance deals on weekend passes, group discounts, subscription specials and more can be found online before the May 12th deadline at:
http://www.makerfaire.com/bayarea/2010/tickets.

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About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is being held on May 22 & 23, 2010 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and now expanding to Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Held annually in each of these locations, the event may expand elsewhere in the future. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine and O'Reilly Media, the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit http://www.makerfaire.com.

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