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May 5, 2010

The County and the City of San Mateo Declare May 22nd & 23rd Maker's Weekend

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - At the center of Silicon Valley and the birthplace of the original garage start-up, San Mateo continues to be the hub of innovation, creativity and fun. Representing this tradition is the geek-loving, gadget-happy, do it yourself (DIY) festival known as Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com), happening on May 22nd & 23rd. Tickets for the event are selling fast, with geeks and makers from across the country (and even overseas) planning to attend. To welcome them, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the City of San Mateo has officially declared the weekend Maker's Weekend.

"I'm delighted that Maker Faire has chosen to return to San Mateo County and the Event Center. This will be a great weekend for all the creative folks of Northern California and those who visit," said San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom. "America has an incredible need right now for creative, out-of-the-box innovation. Maker Faire embodies the best of these worlds in a way that's smart and fun. We couldn't be happier to welcome Maker Faire to San Mateo and to declare May 22nd and 23rd Maker's Weekend."

At Maker Faire, technology meets art, science meets fashion, engineering meets crafting and that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's the world's largest DIY festival featuring cool robots, clever gadgets, backyard inventions, knitted wonders, renegade fashions, cars and bikes like you've never seen before, the occasional fireball, honey-making, a care repair center, clothes-swapping, music-making and much, much more!

 Maker Faire

 When:

 May 22nd, 2010 Saturday 10AM - 8PM

 May 23rd, 2010 Sunday 10AM - 6PM

 Where:

 San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA

Tickets can be purchased online or at the retail locations listed below:

  • AAA offices: Potrero Hill, Lakeshore Plaza, Richmond District, Financial District, Daly City, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Mountain View
  • Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
  • Copperfield's Books: Calistoga, Healdsburg, Napa, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Sebastopol
  • Exploratorium, San Francisco
  • Whole Foods Markets: San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto and Potrero Hill/San Francisco

For more ticket information, please visit: http://www.makerfaire.com/bayarea/2010/tickets/

Maker Faire Bay Area 2010 sponsors include: AAA, Clif Bar & Company, Epilog Laser, Ford, GeekDad, Gravity, Hewlett-Packard, Jameco, Livescribe, Lego Education, Lion Brand Yarn, Provo Craft, Ryonet Corp., ShopBot Tools, Singer, SparkFun Electronics, Spy Gear by Wild Planet, TechShop, Whole Foods Market, and Xyron.

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 (makezine.com) 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.

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