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April 14, 2014 11:06 ET

Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Announces Maker Selections -- New Exhibits, Faire Favorites, and Exciting Attractions

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 14, 2014) - Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, proudly announces maker selections for Maker Faire Bay Area 2014. This year's selections will certainly delight and intrigue Faire goers as they demonstrate the wealth of originality, intelligence, and know-how that is at the core of the maker movement.

Over 1,000 makers will be represented at the event with more than 200 of them being first-time exhibitors. In addition, many fan favorite makers, attractions, and performers will return. All in all, the makers will bring an exciting array of inspiration, projects, hobbies, innovations, products, and creativity to the event. Hot topics such as personal drones, what's next in 3D printing, projects from young makers, wearables, food making, hackerspaces and makerspaces, professional makers, and more will be represented at the event. All makers can be found on the Maker Faire web site at http://makerfaire.com/meet-the-makers. Some highlights of the makers at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 include:

- Some Returning Maker Faire Classic Makers and Fan Favorite Attractions:

  • Arc Attack: Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, the crew of ArcAttack will use their high tech wizardry to generate a truly 'electrifying' live music performance.
  • Coke Zero & Mentos Fountains from EepyBirds: A huge crowd-pleaser! Geysers of soda shoot over twenty feet into the air in this spectacular mint-powered version of the Bellagio Fountains.
  • Cyclecide -- The Heavy Pedal Bike Rodeo: Fun for folks of all ages, Cyclecide is a traveling, pedal-powered carnival put together by alter-bike mechanics, mariachi-punk musicians and cycle crazed clowns! Their carnival is an interactive work of art
  • Death-Defying Figure-Eight Pedal Car Racing: Homemade pedal cars will compete on an exciting -- and death defying! -- figure-eight track! Attendees can watch the racers go round the track, crash, and fix their cars.
  • Game of Drones: A drone flying competition featuring aerial combat, obstacle courses and other UAV games with divisions for tiny, palm-sized toys up to huge multi-rotor heavy-lifters.
  • Learn to Solder: Makers of all ages can come learn or build on their soldering skills!
  • Life Size Mousetrap: Fantastically handcrafted, this 16 piece, 50,000-lb. interactive kinetic sculpture is a giant Rube Goldberg-style contraption complete with a Vaudevillian style show!
  • Maker Camp: Focused on the youth of the maker movement, Maker Camp will have plenty of hands-on making projects for the youngest Faire visitors.
  • Power Racing Series: Souped-up toy cars from childhood, racing around the track and driven by grown-ups! The cars are a sight to see and the race so fun to watch.
  • Serpent Twins: The Serpent Twins are stunning mobile sculptures are rendered in metal and cast off materials using modern science and artistry.
  • Swap-O-Rama-Rama: Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world's largest clothing swap with a series of do-it-yourself textile/accessory workshops guided by local designers.

- New Maker Sampling:

  • El Pulpo Mecanico: This fiery work of art and kinetic sculpture wonder is a 25-foot tall mechanical octopus with 8 eyes and 8 large, moving tentacles that spew fire -- all to a beat!
  • Candelaphytes: From renowned installation artist Michael Christian, the Candelaphytes are a sight to behold. These are three, 8-meter tall kinetic sculptures constructed of steel that sway and ungulate slowly, appearing to be dancing plants. Motor-driven and fully programmable, Candelaphytes brings together nature and mechanics harmoniously.
  • The Great Fredini's Coney Island Scan-A-Rama: The Scan-A-Rama is a 21st century 3D portrait studio offering full body 3D printable portraits.
  • Light Cloud: A sight to behold! The Light Cloud is made of 5,000 lbs of steel, glass, and technology, made luminescent and paintable with a digital brush. The Maker Faire crowds can control Light Cloud and color it in real time by using a mobile app!
  • OmNom Project by Genesis3D: Answering the question, "What to do with 3D printing leftovers and fails?," OmNom is a table-top, personal plastics recycler for plastics used in 3D printing projects.
  • ROBOTIS: DARWIN MINI Dancing Team: Robots that dance! See these mini robots in action, controlled with an Android OS, OpenCM 9.04 controller, XL-320 Smart Servo, Bluetooth connections, and compatibility with 3D-printing modifications.
  • Titanoboa: This work of art is an electromechanical reincarnation of the ancient 50-foot serpent rendered extinct by past climate change. Titanoboa is a project from Charlie Brinson, co-creator of the Mondo-Spider and 3E-ROI exponential evolution project from Vancouver, Canada.
  • The Turbinophone: The Turbinophone is a jet engine that has been transformed into an interactive musical instrument. Attendees will have the opportunity to make a General Electric J79 turbojet make music!
  • Many hands-on making opportunities to participate in including how to make a cardboard city, do needle arts, make a telescope, sail radio control boats, make glass beads, compost, polish gemstones, create a succulent centerpiece, make a copper bracelet, and make a marshmallow shooter, and more!

The event will be curated more than ever before to help attendees discover new, exciting offerings from makers and get the most from the maker movement, as well as find the makers they came to see. In addition, many internationally based makers have been included in the event to give visitors a taste of what's happening around the world with the maker movement. As the maker movement grows, so does Maker Faire Bay Area to represent all that embodies the core values of makers so that audiences can see, learn, and do more, and ignite the maker in them.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 is happening at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Saturday, May 17, from 10am to 8pm and Sunday, May 18, from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are on sale now for Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 at http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com at advance pricing. Advance ticket sales ($17.50 - $32.50 for a full day pass) take place between March 17 and May 16. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17 and 18, 2014 ($25.00 - $40.00 for a full day pass).

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 100 Faires in 2013 alone and has reached over 1.5 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, California, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first MAKE Magazine in 2005. The eighth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 950 makers and 120,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Rome, Oslo, Newcastle (UK), Tokyo and Shenzhen host our "featured" Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally.

Located in Sebastopol, 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.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $17.50 - $40.00; ages 3 and under are free. www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Goldsmith and Silversmith sponsors include: Goldsmith: Intel, Oracle, RadioShack; Silversmith: Atmel, Autodesk, Cognizant, Ford, MakerBot, Roblox.

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