SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 07, 2015) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY, over the weekend of September 26-27, 2015, experienced record numbers of attendees and Makers as well as a variety of firsts that enhanced Maker Faire Week and extended the reach of the Faire. Buzz from the Faire is still going strong with Makers, attendees, media, and industry insiders discussing high points of the weekend and the global impact of the Maker Movement.
"What I love most about Maker Faire, and it was truly evident at this particular World Maker Faire, are the people and the many walks of life that come to take in the Maker Movement," said Dale Dougherty, executive chairman of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "There were families with young kids, groups of students and teachers, people from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds, professionals and hobbyists. The diversity was visible and shows that this movement is engaging and inspiring people, no matter who they are, where they are coming from, or what they make. This World Maker Faire was such a celebration of the people, attendees and Makers alike."
The list of ingenious projects and products showcased at World Maker Faire is long. From 3D printed prosthetics to a new Drone Zone to wearables of all of kinds and beer-powered phones, robots, custom action figure toys, and much more. The Makers of these amazing inventions included established corporations, young Makers under the age of 18 -- and as young as 8 years old, tinkerers wanting to share their craft, inventors with fundraising campaigns, and plenty more in between. Many of them are women as well as Makers from other countries such as Japan, Greece, Norway, Brazil, Israel, the Netherlands, and Iraq, among others. The breadth and depth of the Maker Movement was clearly demonstrated by the wide array of projects shared by the Makers and broad mix of attendees at the Faire.
"The spirit of Maker Faire is contagious, from the Makers right through to the attendees," said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. "The Makers are so enthusiastic about their work and sharing their talent, demonstrating how innovation can improve the world. Their projects are especially inspiring to children, showing them the awesome potential when the power of science, technology, engineering, and math is harnessed. As demonstrated by the thousands in attendance, one can't help but be inspired after experiencing the joy and community that Maker Faire promotes."
Highlights from World Maker Faire New York 2015 include:
- Announcements about products and new developments from Makers at the Faire included Netflix's "chill button," the debut of Balight LED bikelight, Obilab's packable drumset, Glowforge, and the winners of NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge
- First ever Aerial Sports League's First Annual dSports Open -- The world's best drone pilots gathered to participate in the largest drone sports event ever held in New York City with two full days of FPV racing, drone combat, freestyle, and more
- First ever, free-to-the-public Coke Zero & Mentos shows from YouTube sensation, Eepybird, at the world-famous Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
- First ever set of free public events for those in the Corona neighborhood leading up to World Maker Faire including pop-up events with hands-on activities, demonstrations, and performances
- Over 95,000 attendees visited the event -- an 11% increase over 2014
- U.S. attendees came from 45 states; others represented 48 countries from around the world
- 55% of attendees were first-time visitors to the Faire
- 900+ Maker projects were represented including performances and attractions
- Over 350 Maker entries included hands-on activities for attendees
- 30% of Makers were first-time exhibitors
- International Makers were represented in 54 exhibits around the Faire from countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Finland, Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom
- Eight stages at the Faire hosted 147 presentations with leaders of the Maker Movement
- World Maker Faire continues to make sustainability practices a core value during Faire set-up as well as the Faire itself. Some data points from World Maker Faire's sustainability program include:
- Total waste diversion rate of 78%
- 18.67 tons total waste was diverted to recycling
- 6.84 tons of waste collected for compost
- 1,200 lbs. of materials were donated for reuse to makerspaces, independent Makers, etc.
- 83 gallons of cooking oil was collected to be turned into biofuel
Fans of World Maker Faire can mark their calendars for the New York 2016 Faire: Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, 2016. The Faire will be held at same great location in Queens with its longstanding partner, the New York Hall of Science.
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 has celebrated 150 Faires in 2015 alone and has engaged more than 1.1 million attendees globally in over 30 countries around the world since it launched in San Mateo, California, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first Make: magazine in 2005. The 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,200 Makers and 145,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the East Coast flagship event, has grown in five years to 830+ Makers and 85,000 attendees.
Located in San Francisco, California, 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.
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 is on the calendar for Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, 2016, at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, California. World Maker Faire New York 2016 is slated for Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. More information about Maker Faire can be found at http://www.makerfaire.com.
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World Maker Faire New York 2015 Sponsors
World Maker Faire New York 2015 Sponsors: Goldsmith: Disney, Intel, Italian Trade Agency, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo; Silversmith: Atmel, Cognizant, Dremel, MakeBlock, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, SketchUp, Sprout by HP.
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