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March 24, 2015 19:12 ET

Maker Faire Bay Area Announces "FRIDAY@MakerFaire" Industry Access Day at May Event

Weekend Schedule Extended to Include Friday, May 15, for Maker Industry Leaders & Supporters, Corporate Innovation Teams, Media, and School Groups & Educators

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - March 24, 2015) - Maker Faire is excited to announce the addition of Friday, May 15, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, to the schedule for Maker Faire Bay Area 2015. "FRIDAY@MakerFaire" is a special, ticketed event for industry innovators, Maker Movement partners, school groups and educators, and the members of the media to get focused time with Makers ahead of the weekend. FRIDAY@MakerFaire adds to the calendar of events for Maker industry allies as part of "Maker Week," the week before the Faire that's full of local Maker-related activities, meetups, and celebrations, including MakerCon, May 12-13, the conference by Makers for Makers.

"Maker Movement partners and supporters, as well as educators and the media, have been asking us to add Friday to the agenda, and we're now able to do it," said Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "FRIDAY@MakerFaire will give industry innovators and leaders more direct time with Makers to explore the latest projects and advancements in making, creating more opportunities for doing business and continuing to propel the movement forward. This is a great chance to preview the event ahead of the busy weekend. We're really happy to be able to offer this special industry access day."

To reserve tickets for FRIDAY@MakerFaire, interested attendees may go to:

Inquiries regarding FRIDAY@MakerFaire can be emailed to friday@makerfaire.com. More information can be found at: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2015/friday/. Tickets for MakerCon can be purchased at http://makercon.com.

Maker Faire Bay Area truly cements the fact that the Maker Movement is creating a shift in how the world wants to learn and create. The gathering of international representatives continues to grow each year at Maker Faire with 49 states and 42 countries from around the world in attendance last year. This year industry, government, media and educators will have no better than place than FRIDAY@MakerFaire to enjoy focused time with over 40-plus Makers from around the world.

Italian Trade Agency Debuts at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 to Host Italy's Maker Pavilion

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA), Italy's government agency for trade and promotion, supported Maker Faire at the New York event and now debuts in the Bay Area as a Goldsmith Sponsor, extending its support of the Maker Movement during the event's 10-year anniversary celebration. ITA will be showcasing its Makers Italia project at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 in its "Italian Makers Pavilion."

As a natural progression of Italy's long history of arts, crafts, and embedded industrial systems of industry clusters, Italy has a strong Maker scene now developing within the country. With the ITA mandate to provide an accessible platform for people to experience firsthand the invention, creativity, and resourcefulness of the Italian Maker Movement, participating in Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 as a key sponsor is the ideal way for ITA to highlight these makers.

Faire goers are encouraged to take advantage of this firsthand opportunity to meet the Italian Makers who will be ready to share their passion for making and inspire everyone to make things themselves. Real-time updates, information, and details on Italian Makers can be found at the Italian Trade Agency's site, http://www.makersitalia.com.

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faire celebrated 131 Faires in 2014 alone and has reached over 2.3 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, CA, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first Make: magazine in 2005. The ninth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,100 makers and 130,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 830-plus Makers and 85,000 attendees. Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Orlando, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Newcastle (UK), Tokyo, Trondheim, Silver Spring and Shenzhen host our "featured" Maker Faires (200-plus Makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally.

Located in San Francisco, CA, Maker Media has been widely credited with jumpstarting the worldwide Maker Movement, which has been a transforming force in innovation, culture, and education. In addition to publishing Make: magazine and producing Maker Faire, Maker Media develops "getting started" kits and books it sells through its Maker Shed store as well as other retail channels. Maker Media is based in San Francisco, and has offices in Sebastopol, CA and at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, with special invite-only access on Friday, May 15, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Friday, 1 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $17.50 - $40.00; ages 3 and under are free. http://www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: https://mfba2015.eventbrite.com.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 Sponsors
Presenting: Intel; Goldsmith: Autodesk, DFRobot, Google, Italian Trade Agency, Sprout by HP; Silversmith: Atmel, Cognizant, Dremel, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NVIDIA, ROBLOX, TechShop.

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